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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4 PM EDT, December 6, 2004
“MISERABLE SERPENT” BISHOPS JOIN WITH THOSE WHO CONDEMN MEL GIBSON’S
“COURAGEOUS AND BEAUTIFUL EFFORT”
TO: Cardinal William H. Keeler
Bishop Arthur J. Seratelli (Paterson NJ)
Bishop John J. Nevins (Venice FL)
Bishop Gerald Walsh (New York)
Bishop John Nienstedt (New Ulm)
All bishops of the USCCB
FROM: The Roman Catholic
Recently, at the conclusion of one of
your endless series of committee meetings (The Challenge of Mixed Marriage
in American Life is Major Topic of U.S. Catholic-Jewish Consultation
Committee), you issued the following statement:
The Consultation also discussed the
state of Jewish-Catholic relations in the wake of the film, "The Passion
of the Christ," which caused such deep and understandable concern within
Jewish community world-wide. The film, it was noted, was in reality a
modern version of the notorious medieval Passion Plays which so often
over the centuries have triggered riots against the Jews of Europe.
Happily, however, the film precipitated no such anti-Jewish violence.
Rather, in many places it sparked discussions in which Catholics learned
why Jews feared such dramatic depictions of the death of Jesus, and Jews
learned that many Catholics today have taken to heart the teaching of
the Second Vatican Council that the Jews collectively cannot be held
responsible "then or now" for Jesus' death. It was noted as well that
continuing work needs to be done among those who have not yet absorbed
these official teachings of the Church.
Generally, we in the laity read your
prodigious output of wordy, useless position statements and constant
“pastoral” bloviating with a mixture of boredom and mild irritation.
Occasionally, however, the U.S. Bishops come out with something that is so
outrageous, so offensive, so truly malignant, that the laity cannot remain
mute. And so it is with this, your latest piece of ecclesiastical drivel.
When we consider your words, we must
reflect upon all that you have given the laity during the past several
decades; to wit:
- You have destroyed our precious
liturgy and replaced it with a quasi-heretical and saccharine floor
- You have corrupted our children
with poisonous sex ed programs.
- You have allowed our children to
be raped by perverted monsters in the clergy and have done everything in
your power to cover up these crimes.
- You have destroyed our beautiful
churches and Cathedrals and replaced them with ugly “churches” that
resemble aircraft hangars or cement factories.
- You have squandered billions of
dollars on useless or harmful “ministries” that are little more than
glorified havens for left wing activists.
- You have persecuted holy and
orthodox priests and nuns.
- You have denied priests their
right to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass, a right which no bishop
or pastor of the Church can ever take away.
- You have destroyed the faith of
millions by promoting false catechesis.
- You have turned away worthy
candidates for the priesthood because they accepted the perennial
teachings of the Church or because they opposed homosexuality.
The collective evil committed by the
American Bishops dwarfs any harm committed in the Enron scandal, yet none of you have been sent to jail.
And now, when a man like Mel Gibson
comes along and tries to glorify Our Lord with a movie, when he risks his
personal fortune and reputation because Our Lord is despised by the World,
you miserable serpents not only do not support him, but join with those
who condemn his courageous and beautiful effort. Well, to you bishops, and
to all the bishops of the USCCB, the Roman Catholic Faithful responds:
The movie The Passion of the
Christ has done more to uplift the human heart, to bring souls to
Christ, to increase holiness, and to glorify Our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ, than all the USCCB committees, subcommittees, documents,
pastorals, letters, faxes and speeches put together.
Roman Catholic Faithful