'It' depends on what 'is' was!
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Here we go again. More backpedaling by the Vatican. This time it's not over the obvious Fatima interfaith shrine but new windmills to fend off. This one is over the Pope's comments on Mel Gibson's landmark masterpiece just 35 days away - "The Passion of The Christ." It has been widely publicized that the Pope, a man of many words - make that tomes - chose only a few, succinct ones to describe his take on the film which he saw in a private screening in his Apostolic Palace on DVD on December 5th. In almost a classic phrase that would express philosophical and poetic brilliance he conveyed the essence of the film: "It is as it was." Brilliant. Since John Paul II likes to consider himself a poet, no less a brilliant philosopher - since he's definitely not a brilliant theologian - you would think he would be most satisfied with those five short words which say it all: "It is as it was." Brilliant. And we're not talking about Guinness Beer here, folks.
But now, according to Catholic News Service and John Thavis their man in the Vatican, the Pope's private secretary, confidante and fellow Pole Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz is denying the Pope said that.
Advanced Tickets for Mel's Movie Now on Sale!
It has just been announced that advanced tickets have gone on sale for Mel Gibson's The Passion of The Christ which will open widespread in theaters on Ash Wednesday, February 25th, 2004. Call 888-227-1152 to order now and help the groundswell to make sure the film is shown in every community. Also, for an unbiased Jewish perspective on Mel's masterpiece, see Rabbi Daniel Lapin's Counterpoint: Stop bothering Mel Gibson
Bob Sungenis provides a concise syllogism The Logical Flaw in the Agenda of the Post-Conciliar Church that paints the NovusOrdinArians into an inescapable corner. His December 5th commentary is a must read for anyone who claims to be Catholic!
Blasphemy at Fatima!
"...a grave sin against the First Commandment and an act of Apostasy..."
Father Paul Kramer, author of the best-selling The Devil's Final Battle
Catholic Family News editor John Vennari gives a first-hand account of what went on at the recent conference at Fatima and it confirms the worst fears of neo-Catholics. Yes, Virginia, the Church of Vatican II is in apostasy! For John's in-depth account that will hopefully wake up the vast majority of Catholics to the real agenda, see his SPECIAL REPORT Fatima to Become Interfaith Shrine? An Account From One Who Was There. At the same site, see Father Nicholas Gruner's response as recorded by Father Paul Kramer, author of The Devil's Final Battle.
The Rise and Fall of Rome
Our Lord affirms in Matthew 7: 20, "By their fruits you shall know them." So after 40 years, what are the fruits? Kenneth C. Jones of Latin Mass Magazine documents the devastation of the vineyard in the Seattle Catholic with his unrefutable article, The Vatican II Renewal: Myth or Reality