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Mel Gibson: 'No' John Paul II Film

Wednesday, 13 April 2005 12:00 AM

The problem is, it is not true.

It began with an item in Cindy Adams' gossip column in the New York Post, got picked up by the world's media, and was promptly denied by Gibson's Hollywood office on Tueday.

Gibson's office simply said the story was "false."

The media should have recalled the widely publicized fact that Mel Gibson, a traditionalist Catholic who has not embraced Vatican II reforms in the Church, has been no fan of the late Pope John Paul II.

But the Pope was apparently a fan of Gibson's. Shortly before it's release, John Paul II had a private viewing of Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" and reportedly remarked, "It is as it was."

The Pope made his comment to his good friend Msgr. Stanislaw Dziwisz.

Still, not all is rosy between Mel and the Vatican. In her column even Cindy Adams noted that Gibson, a devout Catholic, had railed against the Vatican in the past, but went on to report that he had even sent a camera crew to the Vatican to film the spectacular crowds and funeral pageantry.

According to Jeannette Walls on MSNBC's The Scoop, a source tried to explain Gibson's failure to attend the funeral by saying that Mel "had hoped to visit to view the body, but the logistics of it all were complicated. You can't have a star like Mel Gibson waiting in line like that — it would have created a scene — but I guess it wouldn't have been appropriate to have him moved ahead of the crowd like a foreign dignitary."

Walls noted that Gibson is a member of the Society of Pius X, a dissident group that rejects Vatican II, scorns the Novus Ordo (the new liturgy) and uses only the Latin Mass, and had been rebuffed by Pope John Paul II.

The Society's founder, the late French archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, was excommunicated by the Church, which does not recognize the Society.

Yet Gibson once reacted angrily when asked by the Los Angeles Times about his membership in the Society.

"Enough is enough," he told the Times. "They're trying to make me some cult wacko. All I do is go and pray. For myself. For my family. For the whole world. That's what I do."

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