The spokesman for the Holy See, JoaquÃn Navarro-Valls commented on Mel Gibsonâs âThe Passion of the Christ,â saying âthere is nothing anti-Semiticâ in the film because otherwise the Holy Father would have denounced it..-
âThe Pope has seen the film and the silence of the Church hierarchy is very eloquent. There is nothing anti-Semitic, because otherwise it would have been condemned,â Navarro-Valls explained.
In an interview with the Italian daily âIl Messagero,â the Vatican spokesman added that âthe movie is a cinematic transcription of the Gospels. If the movie were anti-Semitic, the Gospels would be as well.â