Thursday, June 13, 2024

Mel Gibson Defense Omits His $70 Million Private Church That’s Anti-Pope, Modern Catholic Beliefs


Mel Gibson has a defender in Allison Hope Weiner, writing for Weiner says it’s time to forgive and forget Gibson’s anti-Semitic, alcoholic, homophobic history.

Weiner conveniently leaves out the issue that first brought the real Gibson to our attention.This was before “The Passion of the Christ,” or his DUI arrest or his interview with Diane Sawyer. This is separate from the fact that Gibson has never publicly apologized for anything.

Mel Gibson has a private charitable foundation called the A P Reilly Foundation, with $70 million in tax free assets. The purpose of A P Reilly was to build and maintain a private church Mel Gibson owns in Agoura Hills, California called Holy Family. The church– part of a massive real estate compound– is not recognized by any arch diocese. Just as well, because Holy Family doesn’t believe in the Pope– any pope. Its main theological thrust refutes the Second Vatican Council of 1965, which denounced anti-Semitism. I doubt Allison Hope Weiner has been invited up to Gibson’s private church and met with his parishioners.

In 2003, Christopher Noxon, writing in the New York Times Magazine, revealed all of this in an article called “Is The Pope Catholic…Enough?”

Noxon revealed some of the history of Gibson and his father, Hutton Gibson, a writer for neo-Nazi publications and a devout Holocaust denier. Noxon also referenced an interview Mel Gibson had done with Bill O’Reilly about whether Jews would be upset about “The Passion of the Christ.”

”It may,” Gibson told O’Reilly.  ”It’s not meant to. I think it’s meant to just tell the truth. I want to be as truthful as possible. But when you look at the reasons why Christ came, why he was crucified — he died for all mankind and he suffered for all mankind. So that, really, anyone who transgresses has to look at their own part or look at their own culpability.”

Mel Gibson has never looked at his own culpability in everything that has come since then. His friend, Allison Hope Weiner, is not going to be able to grant him absolution.

By the way, everything about Holy Family and A P Reilly has been scrubbed clean from Gibson’s Wikipedia page. I’m surprised the ever vigilant editors and contributors have allowed that.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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