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The Passion of the Christ (letter)

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 Contents - Nov 2004AD2000 November 2004 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The challenge for Christianity today - Peter Westmore
Ad limina: The Pope calls for strong leadership from New Zealand's Bishops - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
British Catholic writers call for a better Mass translation - AD2000 Report
Orthodoxy: Anglican Synod 2004: Are liberal Anglicanism's days numbered? - Rev Nigel Zimmerman
Deer Park: Transforming our secular culture: the role of women - Marcia Riordan
Liturgy: Ad-libbing in the Mass: Does it really matter? - John Young
Education: Where secular humanism is triumphing over the Gospel - Fr John Walter
Morning Mass: Finding some 'head space': an alternative approach - David Birch
Obituary: RIP Michael Davies - The passing of a true defender of the Faith - Michael Foley
Letters: The Passion of the Christ (letter) - Arnold Jago
Letters: Abortion issue (letter) - Greg Byrne
Letters: Reporting abuses (letter) - E. Makaus
Letters: Real Latin (letter) - Matt Bruekers
Letters: Pastoral problems (letter) - Fr Frank Brennan SJ
Letters: Crisis of faith (letter) - Errol P. Duke
Letters: Young Catholics (letter) - Nola Viney
Letters: State Aid (letter) - George Caruana JP
Letters: Archbishop Mannix and State Aid (letter) - T.A. Rigg
Letters: Extraordinary ministers of Communion (letter) - Leon Voesenek
Letters: Unchanging Mass? (letter) - Fr G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: Church teaching (letter) - Carmel Pittari
Events: 4 Dec 2004 - International Movement of Catholic Students Australia (Victoria)
Books: MARRIAGE UNDER FIRE, by James Dobson - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Books: From East to West You Gather a People, by Fr Russell Hardiman - Brian Peachey (reviewer)
Books: More new titles from AD Books
Reflection: Saint Francis and the universal call to holiness - Fr Sebastian Camilleri OFM

When Canadian journalist Michael Coren originally saw The Passion of the Christ at a cinema, he wasn't impressed. He gave it a bad review.

Recently he bought The Passion on DVD and something happened.

Coren had been involved in evangelical religion for years. "But now," he says, "I'm convinced that the Church founded by Christ is the Roman Catholic Church.

"The centre of Christianity is not symbolism, but a literal instruction: 'Take and eat, for this is my Body. Take and drink, for this is the chalice of my Blood.'

"The alternating scenes of the Last Supper and of Christ's suffering annoyed me when I first saw the movie. Now these flashes of truth shine a unique light. I believe Jesus is present on the altar at Mass.

"Don't tell me the Church's failings. I've met lousy Catholics and good Catholics. Not relevant. It's the truth of the belief, not the failure or success of alleged followers, that matters.

"Something else. Mary isn't merely a background figure. Through her eyes I see the life and death of Jesus again. She is sublime and perfect, the Mother of us all.

"Mary weeps for her son. Her tears and His blood mingle to bathe the world in hope and love. Despair is smothered. Sin is cleansed. Yes, I see it now. I see it so clearly."

Mildura, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 17 No 10 (November 2004), p. 14

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