Movie star and ‘The Passion of the Christ’ director Mel Gibson has blown up Catholic bishops for ‘canceling’ priests who dare to teach traditional doctrine, suggesting they represent a “parallel forged church.”
Gibson delivered his rant in a video message sent Sunday to a convention held by the Coalition of Canceled Priests (CFCP), a group set up to support priests who have been expelled from the church or persecuted for teaching orthodoxy. The Hollywood star said it is not hard to believe that such a coalition exists because he personally knows many pastors who have been canceled.
“But not for the reasons you would think,” Said Gibson. “It’s not like they did a hit-and-run and left the crime scene or embezzled church coffers, stole the altar wine or committed another heinous crime. No not at all. And who is pursuing them? Well, their own bishops. ”
Gibson described the bishops as “A bunch of men who generally passively sit and tolerate all kinds of nonsense, but if one of their priests utters something that looks like orthodoxy, yes, then they come to action, they reprimand him, and they bully him and do their best to cancel Hi M. “
Such crashes typically succeed when the abusive priest is forced out of service, Gibson said, adding, “I am really sorry. It’s a serious injustice, and it’s a kind of white martyrdom. ”
The actor called the trend a “Symptom of a very deep disease affecting the Church.” He quoted Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano for saying “Seeds for the erosion of the church” was sown with the 1960s second Vatican Council reforms.
Gibson remembered that when he instructed ‘Passion of Christ’, the box office sensation of 2004 depicting the crucifixion of Jesus, he sought support from the American Conference of Catholic Bishops, but “These men could not get away from me fast enough.”
“All but a few of them turned their backs on me,” Gibson said “And it was pretty telling about who they were – pretty rude bunch. And it does not appear that anything has changed. ”
Catholics can distinguish “The good guys from the bad guys” by judging the fruits of church leaders, Gibson said. “Has anyone seen good fruit lately?” he asked. “It is hard.”
He added that he is “A pretty sinful guy, I’m just as venal as the next guy, but I know the difference between a shepherd and a hireling. And I think the vast majority of these bishops are just a bunch of tenants. ”
My question is, who hires them? I do not think it’s Jesus. Is that (Pope) Francis? Who hires Francis? Is that Pachamama?
Gibson again quoted Vigano, saying: “There was a parallel, forged church set up to darken the real one. He suggests usurpation or a job from within. It looks like it. ”
The message came amid rising tensions in the Church over prominent Catholic politicians, such as President Joe Biden and U.S. House President Nancy Pelosi, who have been accused of violating core teachings while supporting abortion rights. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco earlier this month criticized such leaders, saying they were seeking to expand “A government has proven the right to kill innocent people.”
The CFCP said 61 U.S. bishops stood in the way last May when some church leaders sought to discuss the withholding of communion from politicians who support abortion. “Such churchmen think of the image of a commander who, when the battle turns against his troops, goes over to the enemy and betrays his men,” said the coalition. “Or the ostle who left the Last Supper early for urgent business elsewhere.”
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