Loading
Vatican watcher notes “The Passion of the Christ” has rekindled old Biblical debate

.- In his weekly online column, Sandro Magister, renowned Vatican watcher of the Italian weekly “L’Espresso,” says in an analysis of “The Passion of the Christ” that the Mel Gibson film has rekindled an old Biblical debate within the Church.

Magister, who has seen the film in advance of its April 7th release in Italy, says in his column that “The Passion” has raised a “Catholic issue” related to the accusations of anti-Semitism and which has to do with the “frontal attack on the historical accuracy of the Gospels.”

According to Magister, this attack stems not only from rationalism and from Jewish authors such as Leon Wieseltier, editor of the cultural section of the magazine “The New Republic,” but also “from the Catholic sphere itself.”

“Some arguments against Mel Gibson’s film are the symptoms of “a breakdown in the faith’s sense of realism,” says Magister, because “faith in the historical accuracy of the Gospel accounts has been seriously weakened.”

According to Magister, there is a concern at the Vatican about a resurgence of the heresy of Marcion, a Greek philosopher from the 2nd century who attempted to eliminate the entire Old Testament and various books and passages from the New Testament which, in his judgment, were expressions of a violent and evil God as opposed to the good and kind divinity found in Jesus—a tendency which is recycled in modern society in a “political correctness” more concerned about offending people than about proclaiming the truth.

The complete column can be found at:
http://213.92.16.98/ESW_articolo/0,2393,42087,00.html


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Jul
29

Liturgical Calendar

July 29, 2014

Saint Martha

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Jn 11:19-27

Gospel
Date
07/29/14
07/28/14
07/27/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 14: 17-22
Gospel:: Jn 11: 19-27

Saint of the Day

St. Martha »

Saint
Date
07/29/14
07/27/14

Homily of the Day

Jn 11:19-27

Homily
Date
07/29/14
07/28/14
07/27/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: