Censor St. Matthew?

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Mar 01, 2004

If I read William Safire's Monday column in the NY Times accurately, he is arguing that since Vatican II taught that it is wrong to blame all Jews for the death of Christ, it is wrong to portray any Jews as involved in the process. Under Safire's rules, I suppose, any portrayal of the Passion would be set in, say, Iceland.

The column also contains an argument against reading the Gospel of St. Matthew. Since St. John's Gospel is already under indictment, that would leave only two-- for now.

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 CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Mar. 02, 2004 2:39 PM ET USA

    One of my sisters and my mother went to see the PASSION. When they came home, the first thing my sister said was "Those Romans were really cruel." In all the discussion of the movie, there was not one mention of the Jews.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Mar. 01, 2004 10:20 PM ET USA

    If these radical Jewish people keep it up, unfortunately they will very soon be faced with the ULTIMATE theological red herring, was JESUS HIMSELF anti-semetic??? Can't wait to hear the discussion on that one!

  • Posted by: - Mar. 01, 2004 9:34 PM ET USA

    There is an overabundance of material each day to read and such an abundance of wags that we are drowning in opinions. I refuse to bother with the NYT and William Safire. Like avoiding road rage, I just let the morons speed right by after the honk and tailgate. He's only a voice and not a very popular one at that among thinking people.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 01, 2004 7:44 PM ET USA

    You have to look at this in a positive light. William Safire (one of my favorite collumnists) is talking about Jesus Christ in an article read by millions. Yes, as a Jew he is being defensive. But, If someone told you a year ago the major debate in America in February of 2004 would be the divinity of Jesus of Nazareth, we Christians would not believe it. The Holy Spirit is alive and well in Hollywood folks.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 01, 2004 6:35 PM ET USA

    What extreme of arrogant pride does it require to incite a non-believer to presume to tell us what we in our Catholic Faith may or may not believe? Who dares suggest censorship of the inerrant word of God ? HATE CRIME ! Or should we reply to demanding that the Talmud and the Mishnah be corrected by Christian scholars?

  • Posted by: Fatimabeliever - Mar. 01, 2004 6:14 PM ET USA

    And some people thought it unbelievable that the Demons were released from hell and are dwelling among us. Demons don't want you to read the Bible nor learn anything about Jesus Christ.