Thursday, January 22, 2004
The Pope and the Passion: Did He or Did He Not Say It?
Peggy Noonan and Rod Dreher have covered the controversy surrounding whether the Holy Father said, "It is as it was," regarding Mel Gibson's motion picture, "The Passion of the Christ".
This morning, Vatican Information Services released the following statement. It says very little.
HOLY FATHER HAS SEEN MEL GIBSON'S FILM "THE PASSION"
VATICAN CITY, JAN 22, 2004 (VIS) - The following statement was released this morning by Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls:
"After consultation with the Holy Father's personal secretary, Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, I can confirm that the Pope has had the opportunity to see the film, 'The Passion of the Christ'. The film is the cinematographic recounting of the historical fact of the passion of Jesus Christ according to the Gospel accounts.
"It is the Holy Father's custom not to express public judgments on artistic works, judgments which are always open to diverse evaluations of an
OP/FILM THE PASSION/NAVARRO-VALLS VIS 040122 (110)
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