The February issue of Catholic World Report is out

By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. (articles ) | Feb 02, 2004

The February issue of Catholic World Report is now available on newsstands and here's what you'll find inside:

  • Evangelizing Hollywood: Christian Themes In Current Films: In a survey of contemporary films, John B. Allen judges Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ against the aesthetic standards of James Joyce; Michael O'Brien compares Gibson's film with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and finds that the two projects emphasize different aspects of evangelization; Steven Greydanus sums up Peter Jackson's treatment of Tolkien's work: what it did and didn't accomplish; Steven Greydanus then analyzes the treatment of religious and pseudo-religious themes in the Matrix trilogy; and John Herreid reports that while capturing the life of St. Thérèse is an artistic challenge, the producers of a new film have even more ambitious goals.
  • At Last, Decisive Discipline: A Wisconsin bishop becomes the first American prelate to bar pro-abortion politicians from the Eucharist. Thomas A. Szyszkiewicz tells the story of how Bishop Raymond Burke broke new ground.
  • The Price Of Loyalty: With Vatican officials working quietly to establish diplomatic ties with the Communist regime in China, Pan Zhen reports that many Catholics who have suffered for years in the Underground Church are worried about the concessions that Rome might make. But one underground bishop remains serene.
  • Why Are Rich People Afraid Of The Virgin Mary?: Peggy Noonan surveys a revealing debate over the public display of religious symbols.
  • Who's To Say?: Joel Belz argues that before too long, there's good reason to fear that this relativistic question will settle almost every philosophical difference.
  • Will The White House Make A Stand?: A debate on government approval of "emergency contraception" is testing both the resolve of the American pro-life movement and the sincerity of the President's commitment, Kenneth D. Whitehead argues.
  • And Phil Lawler's Editorial: Why I Don't Plan To See Gibson's Passion.
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  • Posted by: - Feb. 07, 2004 8:17 PM ET USA

    As one who does not always agree with Phil's views, I found his editorial excellent. I plan to see the movie, but I thank Phil for giving me some food for reflection before and after viewing the film. I especially appreciate the comments on how it might affect the young and his comment on the "unbloody sacrifice" of the Echarist. Even the Scriptures themselves refrain from concentrating on the blood and gore and stress God's love for us.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 02, 2004 10:25 PM ET USA

    Perhaps it might be good to read Phil's editorial and find out what he's really saying before judging him, just as it would be good to actually see the movie before judging it.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 02, 2004 10:08 PM ET USA

    Well Phil I hope it is allright if I don't pay 19.95 to find out you just won't take the chance on being moved, on taking the chance on comming away with a deeper meaning on Christs Passion maybe it is too violent? That is something I just can't understand. I respect your free will what ever your reason is,but when somebody finnaly comes out with a film that is as close to the Gospels as this film is reported to be by people I respect. All of a sudden Catholics find some reason not to support it