Just who does Abraham Foxman, a pro-sodomite disciple of the culture-of-death, think he is to be dictating to the Catholic Church? Any anti-semitism arising from Gibson's film is directly due to the shrill irrational voices of people like Foxman, a man whose moral baggage more than disqualifies him to be lecturing to anyone. See references to Foxman in reply to another critic of The Passion of the Christ. - Gary L. Morella
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Wednesday, February 18, 2004
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Posted: February 18, 2004
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Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, met with Vatican officials yesterday urging them to issue a statement condemning Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" and making clear the film violated Catholic teachings about the role of Jews in Jesus' death.
"I'm reaching out to the Catholic Church and saying, 'It's time for you to step up to the plate. Mr. Gibson is challenging your teaching,'" Foxman told Catholic News Service.
Foxman contends the movie implicates Jews in the death of Jesus and therefore could easily spark anti-Semitism.
"He is marketing this film as the Gospel truth, the historic truth in a way contrary to the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and church guidelines on the presentation of the Passion," Foxman told the news serivce.
The Second Vatican Council says Jesus' crucifixion "cannot be blamed upon all the Jews then living, without distinction, nor upon the Jews of today."
According to the report, Foxman said the Anti-Defamation League was urging bishops' conferences around the world to repeat the council's teaching and to point out that "The Passion of the Christ" is "Mr. Gibson's version of the Gospel, not the Gospel version."
Foxman described the film as "the old medieval classical interpretation of deicide, which blames the Jews, and it will be seen by millions of viewers."
William Donohue, president of the Catholic League, defended Gibson's film, which portrays the last 12 hours of Jesus' life and the resurrection.
"Abe Foxman needs a reality check," Donohue said in a statement. "He obviously does not understand that this is the 21st century and not the Middle Ages. He is demanding that the Church issue warnings about Gibson's movie because he thinks it resurrects the old deicide charge – a charge that he has said may provoke violence against Jews. But the last time Jews were assaulted following a Passion play was during the Middle Ages. Today, Jews and Christians enjoy a close friendship. And in no place have Jews lived in greater peace and harmony with Christians than in the United States."
Continued Donohue: "There is real danger in the world for Jews, and it comes from fanatical secularists and fanatical Muslims in the Middle East. They don't need a movie to inflame their hatred, and this movie wouldn't do it anyway. By overreaching in his criticism of a movie, Foxman runs the risk of trivializing the very real dangers of anti-Semitism."
Archbishop John P. Foley, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, met with Foxman Monday. He says he told the ADL official he believes the movie indicts all people for the death of Christ.
Watching the film, Archbishop Foley said, "I found myself meditating deeply on the sinfulness of each one of us," according to Catholic News Service.
"I would hope people would accept the film as a meditation on our own culpability for Christ's suffering."
Foley said the Vatican has no plans to release a statement about the movie.
"The Passion of the Christ" opens in theaters Feb. 25.
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A open letter to Rabbi Boteach by Gary L. Morella
The only thing that your review of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ shows is your ignorance of Christianity. The Passion shows God the Father's Supreme Act of Love in the Incarnation of His Son, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, God humbling Himself by becoming Man, via the Holy Ghost, to suffer and die for our sins, past, present, and future, an act of redemption allowing man a chance at eternal salvation.
Today, no one wants to talk about taking up their crosses and following the example of their Savior's Passion. Everyone wants to go right to the Resurrection, believing in only the Good and Gentle Jesus, the Jesus who elevated self-esteem to the highest sacrament in the Church. They remove His Corpus from Crucifixes wanting man to forget that there is no Resurrection without first the Cross. Why should we not see how horrible our sins were on the God-Man via His Loving example of suffering for us? Is this example too violent in light of the fires of hell, a vision of which was shown by Mary to the children of Fatima? Why should we forget that Jesus, the new Adam, spoke more about the consequences of sin more than any other New Testament figure? Why should the suffering of Jesus' mother Mary, the new Eve who was with Him to the end, not be inspirational in her fiat toward's God's providential plan of redemption in opening up the Gates of Heaven that were closed due to the Original Sin of our first parents? What more beautiful example could there be than Mary taking up her own cross with her Son's, as we're all called to do in witnessing to the Faith in a world that mocks it?
Man needs a wakeup call as to the horror of unrepentant sin leading to eternal death especially today when the "prince of the world" is having his way with it. Why should man not remember the Supreme Sacrifice of the Cross that takes place in an unbloody manner in a rerepresentation of Calvary via the existence of the Real Presence, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ on the altars of Catholic Churches daily for the greater glory of God? What bigger act of unconditional love is there than the example of Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, sacrificing His Life so that man might have eternal life?
You call this a "cult of death". Catholics call it a "cult of eternal life" in that God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son for its salvation. What bigger love is there than to lay down your life for your fellow man for the sake of his immortal soul?
In reference to your Worldnetdaily column re Mel Gibson "closing Jewish hearts to Jesus", I respectfully submit that the "closing" you are referring to happened almost 2000 years ago, as is accurately recorded in the New Testament. Which brings me to the following question. What credence do the critics crying anti-Semitism of The Passion have when they publicly reject the New Testament? What gives them the credibility to make outrageous charges that are baseless in light of the unconditional love of God for man to give His only begotten Son for man's salvation. Is there not a bias here?
Now regardless of whether you hold to that or not, there is much Scripture scholarship that does not suffer from the ridiculous historical criticism excesses of the Jesus Seminar who tells us that Jesus Christ was nothing more than a Jewish Mediterranean peasant who died a beggars death on the cross, and whose Body was eaten by ravenous dogs in full denial of the Resurrection, i.e., in full denial of the faith. Those who would have us believe that Christianity was a later invention and that the New Testament is not the inspired Word of God are finding their positions debunked daily by evidence to the contrary regarding the discovery of the writing of Scripture via eyewitness accounts very soon to when the events occurred. The blood of the martyrs bears witness to Christ's Resurrection as recorded in Sacred Scripture up to the Ascension, which was also witnessed.
The New Testament teaches that Jesus Christ, a Jew, was the Son of the Living God. He died for the redemption of all mankind, which includes the Jews. There are many incidents in the Bible where the Will of God is manifested by those living, not just via Divine Intervention. Certainly the history of Christianity and Judaism is replete with such instances, the Providential Will of God speaking through man as His instruments to include some very severe chastisements due to man being disobedient to God's law. And those chastisements resulted from disobedience to God's law by Jews and Gentiles alike. Why was there a subsequent Diaspora if not for the ongoing struggles since Moses descended from Sinai and found the chosen people worshiping a golden calf? The glory of Solomon would still be evident today if there had not been some serious problems in Jewish history as there were in the history of many other peoples, correct?
Sometimes at looking at the hysteria surrounding Gibson's authentic rendition of the Passion of Christ, I wonder what keeps some of the more extreme critics from considering the God of Moses to be anti-Semitic for His subsequent punishment of the Hebrews for their sin of idol worship. Of course He was not. He loved them enough to tell them a Truth, Who is a Someone, not a something, for the sake of their eternity, as recorded in the New Testament in the realization of the One Triune God, the Word made Flesh, Who dwelt among us - per the beginning of the Gospel of John.
Mankind is collectively responsible for the Jesus' death, which, as the Gospels make very clear, includes the Jews. It is an undeniable fact that the instruments that God used to complete his Providential Plan to atone for the Original Sin of Adam in regard to fulfilling Bible prophecy were Jewish and Roman. That does not condemn the entire race but rather states a fact that happened, something that the historical biblical critics conveniently would have us ignore. The Gospel accounts simply reflect what any man is capable of when fully succumbing to the temptation of the devil, a sober warning for us all that must be heeded for salvation's sake living in an age where the devil reigns supreme in the promotion of a culture-of-eternal-death making the excesses of Sodom and Gomorrah seem benign by comparison. Our collective sins were the wounds of Christ's Passion and Death. His triumph over death redeemed us, including you and your Jewish brethren, giving us a chance for eternal salvation. It is up to the supreme gift of the Creator to us, our free will, whether or not we will squander that chance.
Where were the critics of Gibson's Passion when Martin Scorcese portrayed Christ blasphemously by insinuating that He had an adulterous affair with Mary Magdalene? No one complained about that when The Last Temptation of Christ was released, certainly not the ADL's Foxman. Where were the concerns for the Christian community when that happened? There were no demands for last minute editing then. However, when someone attempts to portray Christ as He was according to the Gospels, then all hell is literally unleashed because for people like Foxman, the entire New Testament is anti-Semitic.
I share your feelings about orthodoxy in regard to coming together to fight the moral rot evident in the culture wars raging for our souls. There is a Jewish Rabbi that speaks eloquently for the culture of life in that regard at every pro-life march in Washington D.C. That man and those like him have my respect for such public stands unlike Foxman's ADL who could care less about where their eternity will be spent as evidenced by the following open letter, dated January 15, 1998, and written by Howard L. Hurwitz, chairman of the Family Defense Council (www.familydefensecouncil.com):
"There is an old Yiddish axiom: 'OUR OWN JEWS WILL DESTROY US.'
"You, Abraham Foxman, are that Jew. In the decade that you have directed a once prestigious and respected organization, you have defiled it.
"In the newly issued Anti-Defamation League Resources for Classroom and Community, you, Foxman, are promoting 'It's Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues in School.' This is the title of a 78-minute film being shown to elementary school teachers nationwide. In my 40 years of frontline experience in the schools, I have never seen so scandalous a plan for indoctrinating children. Efforts of Communist teachers to impose their views on students, elementary through university, were infantile compared with this sophisticated program for gaining acceptance (not toleration) of homosexuality by first to eighth-graders in our nation's schools.
"Your endorsement of this pro-homosexual film, prepared by professed lesbians, is consistent with your amicus briefs in opposition to state governments that have sought to prevent special protection for homosexuals. You, Abraham Foxman, have sunk so low as to go on record opposing the right of the Boy Scouts of America to exclude a homosexual as an adult scout leader.
"You, Abraham Foxman, have opposed the right of sponsors of Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade to exclude Irish-American 'gay and lesbian' groups from marching under their own banner. "You are combating a provision of the Telecommunications Reform Act that you allege is 'a significant threat to the continued flow of information about abortion on the electronic superhighway, and could seriously interfere with a woman's right to receive abortion material on-line.'
"I am urging all who decry ADL's departure from Jewish causes to withhold contributions to ADL until such time as ADL ceases to advocate pro-homosexual (gay) and pro-abortion positions.
"ADL under Abraham Foxman's misleadership [sic] undermines traditional family values!"
Here is a Jewish man who recognizes and assents to the moral law writing about another Jewish man who could care less about it. A similar situation exists regarding the Catholic fraud, Frances Kissling, the president of the blasphemous organization Catholics for a Free Choice - Kissling's free choice being the murder of innocents in what should be their safest place of refuge, their mothers' wombs, and the promotion of sodomy as a civil right in an affirmative action sense.
I leave you with this final thought. What is anti-Semitic about loving your neighbor enough to care about his eternity? That is what the Christian faith teaches. And you cannot love anyone without telling them the Truth, spelled with a capital "T". As a Catholic member of the research faculty of a major university, I have encouraged my fellow Catholics to do just that. This is difficult thing to do when such efforts are thrown back in your face with hatred beyond belief from the disciples of the devil, but that should not bother those telling that Truth because they are in good company to include all of the Old and New Testament prophets, and He for Whom they foretold the coming of the Messiah, in particular the Church that He founded upon the Rock that is Peter, which is our Faith - a Faith that can never be compromised at the risk of losing our immortal souls.