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Monday, March 08, 2004

RI PRIESTS HAVE ISSUED THE FOLLOWING LETTER TO BE PRINTED THIS WEEK IN THE VISITOR!

In opposition to the negative tone of the two articles, concerning the opinions of Mr. Brown and Dr. Reid, which appeared on the front page of last week's Providence Visitor, we the undersigned clergy of the Diocese of Providence would like to extend our gratitude to Mel Gibson for his artistic and faith filled expression of the Passion of Christ. We have all viewed the film and consider it to be a credible account of the Passion and Death of our Lord, all the while making use of legitimate artistic liberties to illustrate deeper realities. Furthermore, we recommend this powerful film so that many may experience the tremendous love that Christ has for each and every one of us. We dismiss all charges that this film is anti-Semitic, too violent, and unfaithful to the Gospels, but rather commend The Passion of the Christ for its pervading message of redemptive suffering, devotion to our Blessed Mother, and most of all, the sacrificial love of Christ.

Rev. John A. Sistare -------- Rev. Raymond Suriani
Very Rev. John Kiley -------- Rev. Barry R. L. Connerton
Rev. Michael Woolley -------- Rev. John Dreher
Rev. Norman Bourdon -------- Rev. Richard Donnelly
Very Rev. Gerald Beirne -------- Rev. Dean Perri
Very Rev. Robert P. Perron -------- Rev. Michael Najim
Rev. Msgr. George Frappier -------- Rev. Michael A. Sisco
Rev. Giacomo Capoverdi -------- Rev. Robert Bailey
Rev. Ronald Bengford -------- Rev. Mr. Francis Valliere





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