Thursday, March 04, 2004
Michael Brown, Editor of Visitor
"Here's my advice on seeing "The Passion of the Christ": See it if you must, but don't believe it for a second.
...The film indeed has an agenda, and it isn't just against the Jews. "The Passion" attacks Christian intelligence by elevating Gibson's claim of historical authenticity to the level of gospel truth. The buzz on the streets for the week following the Ash Wednesday release focused on the reality of the savage violence that, it can be argued, is the main character in the movie, far ahead of Jesus, the subject of that brutality.
Christ was not the only victim of violence in this movie; the truth took quite a beating."
PADRE'S POINT: This article has to be one of the most foolish articles to date against the Passion. Brown actually praises the television shows, West Wing and Joan of Arcadia and favors " "Joan" over "The Passion" because the former makes no pretense of scriptural authenticity, because it offers lessons in humility and obedience to God's will despite the weight of peer and social pressure"
(Are you sure you went in the right theatre, Mike? Perhaps you went to 'Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen' by mistake?
The whole Passion is about obedience and humility!!!
Oh and yes, Mike Brown is the editor of our RI 'Catholic' paper!