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By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. (articles ) | Feb 08, 2004

The Diocese of Cleveland issues a warning to Catholic parishes that seeing a movie, The Passion of the Christ, which illustrates the events of the Gospels, may lead to the rise of anti-Semitism in churchgoing Catholics. Meanwhile, a local Catholic university allows the production of the "Vagina Monologues" on campus with proceeds going to a pro-abortion group. The diocese's response when told about this immoral play supporting the murder of babies? "No comment."

Evidently, according to the Diocese of Cleveland, the greater threat to society is a movie about the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ, not a play that promotes sexual immorality and the funding of pro-abortion groups.

"Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe (in me) to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea." (Mark 9:42)

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  • Posted by: - Feb. 13, 2004 11:45 PM ET USA

    When will it be okay to identify by name the clerical malefactors who are leading the dioceses in which these outrages occur? We are past the stage when being polite should be necessary. These men refuse to even lift a finger to defend Catholic truth or morals. These enemies of the cross of Christ need to understand the little people in the Church won't take it any more. A true Catholic reveres the episcopal OFFICE so much that he cannot bear to see it disgraced by an unworthy OCCUPANT.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Feb. 10, 2004 2:44 PM ET USA

    Has anyone ever heard Leo Strauss' brilliant quip about Argumentum Ad Hitlerum? Anti-semitism, like the charge of racism has become the overheated tool of left-leaning chicken littles all over the Western World.

  • Posted by: Abraham Tolemahcs - Feb. 09, 2004 8:19 PM ET USA

    Bishop Pilarczyk's logic is airtight. I'm certainly not going to let my boys watch "We were Soldiers." The last thing I need is to discover that that Mel Gibson movie inspired my boys to kill all my vietnamese neighbors. Come to think of it, maybe that explains why the president of our Homeowners Association (native of Britain) disappeared after I let them watch "Braveheart". Did the Bishop have any comments about the Super Bowl halftime show or Cong. Kucinich's views on abortion? NO!!

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Feb. 09, 2004 12:49 AM ET USA

    How often and how loudly does the anticipatory charge of anti-Semitism need to made before it becomes real anti-Catholicism -- as in scratch the surface of a Catholic and you'll find a Nazi? The Catholic League has an item on this.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 08, 2004 11:55 PM ET USA

    ...So non Church going Catholics who go to see the passion are o.k.?

  • Posted by: - Feb. 08, 2004 5:36 PM ET USA

    Well, I was a bit suspect of the movie and all the Mel Gibson Hollywood hype. But now that I know bishops are actually recommending against it, I think it's time to exercise my "Free Choice" and go see it.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Feb. 08, 2004 3:30 PM ET USA

    The Vagina Monologues is a perfect play for those who think that abortion has no blood, no gore and no spectacle. Can't imagine why they would shy away from the Passion.

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