April 10th 2004


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COVER STORY: Economic underclass behind marriage and fertility decline

EDITORIAL: Uncommunicative patients - a call on our compassion

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Latham Iraq gaffe signals the honeymoon is over

STRAWS IN THE WIND: The next Four Corners? / Granada

SOCIETY: Who benefits from drugs?

AGRICULTURE: Farmers rallying to fight for industries

ECONOMY: Australia's foreign debt set to grow

The Passion (letter)

Sugar prices (letter)

Tobacco and pharmaceuticals (letter)

Ageing population (letter)

ETHICS: The ethical responsibility of a Christian politician

ECONOMY: US-Australia Free trade agreement and the national interest

TAIWAN ELECTION: Saved by commonsense

PAKISTAN: Inside Pakistan's nuclear weapons program

HONG KONG: Poll battle looms over democratic reforms

BOOKS: Benign or Imperial? Reflections on American Hegemony, by Owen Harries

FILM REVIEW: The Last Samurai

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The Passion (letter)


by Bob Denahy

News Weekly, April 10, 2004
Sir,

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,
Holbrook, NSW




























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