Action Alert!

Courage and responsibility; bishops and Pontius Pilate

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Mar 03, 2004

The two stories for the past week, for American Catholic readers, were the opening of The Passion and the sex-abuse report by the National Review Board.

In a brilliant National Review article, John O'Sullivan manages to put those stories together. He sees, in the behavior of Pontius Pilate (as depicted by Gibson, closely following the Gospel account), an important lesson for US bishops.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

Sound Off! supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: - Mar. 03, 2004 2:07 PM ET USA

    The mark of great art is that it stimulates deep and thoughtful writing.Here's an example.