The Passion (letter)by Bob DenahyNews Weekly
, April 10, 2004
Peter Chattaway's review of The Passion of the Christ
is disappointing (News Weekly
, March 13).
A two-hour film that depicts what is related so briefly in scripture will necessarily include much that comes directly from the imagination of the artist, as has happened with so many other forms of religious art down the centuries. Mel Gibson did the same. As well, he used the writings of the 19th century visionary, Blessed Catherine Emmerich.
To further criticise the film for not giving more emphasis to the joy of the Resurrection is equally unfair. The Passion
is about the suffering and death of Christ - by definition, Good Friday not Easter Sunday.
Gibson's purpose was to move viewers with a message of faith, hope, love and forgiveness. He has succeeded admirably.Bob Denahy,