“THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST” SETS NEW RECORDS

Catalyst April Issue 2004, Front Page

A news story in the New York Post of July 16, 2003 began by saying, “Mel Gibson’s pet project ‘The Passion’ is doomed to box-office oblivion, insiders say….” On August 3, 2003, New York Times entertainment critic Frank Rich said, “it’s hard to imagine the movie being anything other than a flop in America.”... [Read more...]

SMOKE OF SATAN

Catalyst April Issue 2004, Front Page

Two reports were recently released on the sexual abuse scandal. By all accounts, the researchers at John Jay did a fine job. But it is the men and women of the National Review Board that deserve the plaudits of all Catholics: they had the courage to speak honesty about the scandal. In many ways, the National Review Board’s report vindicates what... [Read more...]

EVEN PLAYING DIRTY DIDN’T WORK

Catalyst April Issue 2004, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue “The Passion of the Christ” was not only a stunning artistic achievement for Mel Gibson, it was a great Lenten gift to Christians. But it didn’t happen by chance. It happened because Mel wouldn’t give up, and neither would we. But it took all we had to defeat those bent on spiking the film. They played dirty,... [Read more...]

Prominent conservatives join the chorus against “the passion”

Catalyst April Issue 2004, Essay

By Kenneth D. Whitehead Many of the attacks on Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” should have been expected. They have mostly come from secular liberals who have already manifested their hostility to Christianity in the public life of the United States. As some wag noted almost as soon as the movie was announced: “If you... [Read more...]

“THE PASSION” WOUNDS THEOLOGIANS’ EGOS

Catalyst April Issue 2004

Catholic League president William Donohue issued the following statement today on the wounded egos of theologians opposed to the Mel Gibson film, “The Passion of the Christ”: “It’s been going on for some time now, but over the weekend it really broke loose: Catholic, Protestant and Jewish theologians are irate over ‘The Passion of the Christ.’... [Read more...]

“PASSION” CRITICS EVINCE NEW PURITANISM

Catalyst April Issue 2004

Catholic League president William Donohue commented today on how film critics of “The Passion of the Christ” are reacting to the movie: “Having failed to tag the movie as anti-Semitic, those who hate everything about Mel’s masterpiece are trying to convince the public not to see it because it’s too violent. Alas, there is a New Puritanism... [Read more...]

REPORTS ON PRIESTLY SEXUAL ABUSE WELCOMED

Catalyst April Issue 2004

Catholic League president William Donohue offered the following remarks today on the two studies that were released regarding the problem of priestly sexual abuse: “The researchers at John Jay did a fine job. But it is the men and women of the National Review Board that deserve the plaudits of all Catholics: they had the courage to speak honesty about... [Read more...]

CRITICS SEE PORN AND S&M IN “THE PASSION”

Catalyst April Issue 2004

The following quotes are from the critics of “The Passion of the Christ”: —Rev. Andrew Greeley calls it “sadomasochistic and pornographic.” —Christopher Hitchens dubs it “an exercise in lurid sadomasochism.” —Ex-priest John Dominic Crossan labels it “pornographic.” —David Edelstein of Slate finds it an “exercise in sadomasochism.’ —Rabbi... [Read more...]

CRITICS OF “THE PASSION” CRACKUP

Catalyst April Issue 2004

Catholic League president William Donohue notes today how critics of “The Passion of the Christ” continue to rant: “In a Knight Ridder column, Rev. John Pawlikowski, director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program at the Catholic Theological Union, wrote the following: ‘Christians who react favorably to Gibson’s film are shamefully evading... [Read more...]

VATICAN SPOKESMAN: “THE PASSION” IS NOT ANTI-SEMITIC

Catalyst April Issue 2004

Joaquín Navarro-Valls, the Director of the Holy See’s Press Office, said yesterday that “The Passion of the Christ” was “a cinematographic transcription of the Gospels. If it were anti-Semitic, the Gospels would also be so.” He added that the pope would have criticized the movie if it were bigoted against Jews, but, he declared, there is... [Read more...]

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