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However horrible his words and actions, we are not going to abandon Mel Gibson. What happened to him could happen to any one of us. Mel Gibson has self-destructed. While otherwise gossip, it's pertinent to discuss this because he made the most publicized film about Jesus in decades.

Before anything else, we recall the old saying: there but for the grace of God go I. We are looking here at a spiritual circumstance. When someone does a movie about Jesus, there is power far beyond the fake stuff of Hollywood. Spiritual forces enter and attempt to destroy those who have a belief in Christ. If they are allowed entry, they destroy. That's part of the problem. The other part is that profits from a movie depicting the suffering of Jesus were not and should have been distributed (once there was reasonable compensation to the staff, actors, director, and producer) to charitable causes or future Christian movies, especially when those profits were in the hundreds of millions (almost a billion) and especially when the storyline and power are not so much from the genius of a screenwriter or director or producer but from Sacred Scripture and the writing of mystic Anne Catherine Emmerich. Moreover, an apology should be issued to the Vatican. The movie's publicity department relentlessly used the Catholic media and promoted the film in large part by quoting an alleged endorsement from John Paul II ("It is as it was," he supposedly said after viewing it, which was constantly repeated, though never confirmed) -- at the same time that Gibson bankrolls and belongs to a breakaway Catholic sect that denounces the current form of the Mass and considers every Pope since Vatican II as a false one (and possibly even an anti-Christ). Some are now writing that Gibson's diatribes expose the hatred behind ultra-traditionalism, which we certainly hope is not the case.

There is no use going further into the psychodrama of celebrities, who should not even have their place in a Christian culture (since Christianity forbids idolatry). It is apparent that Mel was under strong spiritual resistance from the evil one (he said so in interviews), and in fact lightning plagued the set. The movie was far too extreme in its flogging and bloodiness but bold and great in that finally there was a true modern blockbuster involving Christ. After it was over, Gibson, smarting from the feeling that he was now a Hollywood outcast, seemed to lash out in many different directions. More unfortunately, he headed back to Hollywood and tried to rejoin it. His next movie was Apocalypto -- about Mayans and human sacrifice. During the shooting Gibson consulted with Mexican shamans (witch doctors). His persona and appearance suddenly seemed different (a mustache and goatee). Soon after there was an arrest for drunken driving, a diatribe, media scandals, more outbursts, divorce (after seven kids), and now the current mess with a girlfriend with whom he had a child, which we need not delve into. What he has said is indefensible. So is the culture of celebrities, which should not exist, and which created a cult-like frenzy when the movie erupted. Movies themselves can be problematic. St. Padre Pio refused to view one, shouting (when they tried to take him to one), "The devil is in it!" Too often, the devil is.  As we wrote back before release of the movie, Gibson told a television interviewer that such projects bring mysterious opposition. At the time, he was referring to an upcoming article in (of course) The New York Times that was to focus on his and his father's radical traditionalism.

"If you're going to see the devil, then it's going to come in the form of a sort of symmetrically beautiful woman's face with a man's voice and if you look at it the wrong way a little bit, there's something diabolical about it," Gibson also said in an interview during promotion of the movie. "But on the surface, no. That's how the devil is, to me. It'll come that way." We all can allow him in through the entry points of addictions, lust, and materialism.

The point: all that Blood portrayed by Gibson now should be prayed over him, and over all of us. There but for the grace. Although he (and his father) reject mainstream Catholicism, we support all who love Jesus and the Blessed Mother. And despite all the outward appearances, Mel Gibson is among those. He deserves our prayers. At least he had courage and cared enough about the Lord to make a movie about Him, however flawed. He is now laying on the street, waiting for his own flogging, and to this we say, "Let he who is without sin..."

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["There's a big dark force that didn't want us to make the film," Gibson also had said. "It's completely palpable while you're doing it, and if you don't venture into these areas, you never notice it. These things start coming into play big-time."]

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