âThis is not an anti-Semitic film and it is very faithful to the Biblical passages on the Passion and deathâ of Jesus Christ, said Cardinal Geraldo Magellan Angelo, President of the Bishops Conference..- The leaders of the Bishops Conference of Brazil gave their full support to Mel Gibsonâs âThe Passion of the Christ,â saying the film is faithful to the Gospels and rejecting reports the bishops were planning to oppose it.
The Cardinal added that director Mel Gibson âsought to portray the passion and death in a very valid way, with much intensityâ and âliteral reproductions of Biblical texts.â
Together with the Conferenceâs vice-president, Bishop Antonio Celos de QueirÃ³s and Secretary General Bishop Odilo Pedro Scherer, Cardinal Agnelo said the movie was not ant-Jewish because âJesus was a Jew, and Mary, our Mother, was a Jew.â
Ask multiple times if they would recommend the film, the bishops it was a decision for each individual to make, and that reading the Bible and seeing the film would be enough to form an opinion.
âMel Gibson has translated the narratives into images which are shocking,â said Bishop Scherer, adding that âone only has to imagine 40 lashings (on a person), that is extremely violence.â