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Mel Gibson --
Passion and Politics


United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, The Bible, The Jews, and the Death of Jesus: A Collection of Catholic Documents, Washington, DC, pp. 110


The Movie -- Thinking of You, by Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick -- thoughts on Mel Gibson's The Passion

Peggy Noonan, A Great Moment In the Life of an Artist, Talking with James Caviezel after his meeting with the pope

Opinion poll on the film “The Passion”

The Passion of the Christ by Tom McCurrie

'Passion' (Contd): A Timid Debate, by Alessandra Stanley, published: February 20, 2004, in the New York Times

Gibson's 'Passion' earns "R" rating for graphic violence, by Mark Pattison, Catholic News Service

Who Killed Jesus?, by Jon Meacham from Newsweek

Controversy Surrounds Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ, Catholic News Service

From the New York Times -- Some Christians See 'Passion' as Evangelism Tool, by Laurie Goodstein, Published in New York Times: February 5, 2004

The Jewish Abuse and Mockery of Jesus, The Marcan Account, taken from The Death of the Messiah, by Raymond Brown

Brown, Raymond, The Death of the Messiah, Volumes One and Two, Doubleday, New York, Volume Two

Some Excellent Links to Sites on the Internet for Additional Information

The Passion of the Christ -- Official Website

The Passion of the Christ -- Fan website

The Passion Outreach -- Pastoral advice for group discussions

The Jesus War: Mel Gibson and "The Passion" article by Peter Boyer (15 September 2003), reprint from "The New Yorker."

The Gospel According to Gibson: Mad Mel article by Paula Fredriksen (28 July 2003) The New Republic. This article summarizes the major flashpoints that erupted over the Bishop's committee study last summer

News Release from US Bishops -- 11 June 2003. Clarification, sort-of apology, for the USCCB's report, reserving the right of the USCCB to review the movie when it is formally released, as it does other films

Criteria for the Evaluation of Dramatizations of the Passion -- Bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, 1988

Criteria for the Evaluation of Dramatizations of the Passion, Bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, 1988. pdf scanned copy of document

Study Guide -- "Facts, Faith, and Film Making: Jesus' Passion and Its Portrayal" (4 pages), by Boston College Center for Christian-Jewish Learning

The Passion: Resource Manual -- American Jewish Committee (42 pages)

Nostra Aetate -- Declaration on the Relation of the Church to non-Christian Religions (28 October 1965), especially §4

Anti-Defamation League -- FAQs and links. Mostly Jewish objections

Rabbi Daniel Lapin -- A rabbi speaks out on Gibson's film (22 September 2003)

Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ -- by Ven. Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824). Other source used by Gibson in his film. The site here has the text, and helpful notes about it

Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap. -- "'The Passion of Christ': See this Film," Denver Catholic Register (28 January 2004). Author is Archbishop of Denver

Interview with Fr. Augustine DiNoia -- Undersecretary for Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Interview: 8 December 2003