Fears Abound As Passion Comes To Germany

German officials are warning that Mel Gibson’s controversial epic, The Passion of the Christ, could stir up anti-Semitism in the country when it opens on 400 screens today. In contrast to America, where Catholic bishops embraced the film and declared it to be a vivid but accurate representation of Jesus’s last days, “German Catholic leaders called the film problematic, and the German Bishops’ Conference said: ‘We urgently warn against using the suffering of Jesus as an instrument for anti-Semitism.'”