.- A Catholic publisher and a Catholic Internet portal have teamed up to launch an outreach to promote and respond to the evangelization opportunity presented by the release of Mel Gibsonâs âThe Passion of the Christâ on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 25.
The project, Catholic Passion Outreach, aims to be the âdefinitive Catholic responseâ to the film.
âThis movie offers Catholics a unique opportunity to share the power of the Gospel with family and friends,â explained Tom Allen, president of Catholic Exchange.com. âUnlike any other, this movie will inspire hearts and change lives.â
Allen and his Catholic Exchange staff joined forces with Ascension Press, a Catholic publishing company. The two apostolates developed âA Guide to the Passionâ, a 70-page book that answers 100 questions about the movie.
Matthew Pinto, president of Ascension Press, calls the low-cost book âthe definitive Catholic resource book on the subjectâ, adding that it was designed to be used as a free giveaway to moviegoers. The book also has a chapter on âThe Case for Christâ and on the history of the Catholic Church. Devotional prayers, such as the Stations of the Cross and Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, are included as appendices.
âWe wanted to create a piece that offered a scene-by-scene analysis of the movie, both from an artistic and theological perspective,â explained Pinto. âPeople are going to have questions as they watch the movie. This book will give them the answers.â
Catholic Passion Outreach offers a turnkey program for dioceses and parishes, including free downloadable small-group manuals, ready-made pulpit announcements and posters, and a flyer called â12 Ways to Share A Guide to the Passion.â
For more information on Catholic Passion Outreach, visit www.Evangelization.com