Mel Gibson's film on Christ condemned as anti-Semitic
Mel Gibson's controversial film The Passion, which will include a brutal depiction of the Crucifixion and Christ's final 12 hours, has been condemned by influential Catholic and Jewish groups in America for its alleged anti-Semitism and extreme violence.
Religious scholars who have read the script believe that it leans too heavily on an 18th-century book of Catholic mysticism that paints Jews in a particularly harsh light.
The book, The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ by St Anne Catherine Emmerich, suggests that Jews organised "blood money" for the Crucifixion paying people to clamour for Jesus's death to sway Pontius Pilate and that His cross was constructed on the orders of the Jewish high priest.
30 Jun 2003