“The Catholic Church was careful during the reforms of Vatican II to spell out the centuries-old belief that the Jews were not collectively responsible for the death of Jesus.

“The Catholic Church was careful during the reforms of Vatican II to spell out the centuries-old belief that the Jews were not collectively responsible for the death of Jesus. The Nicene Creed, recited by millions of Christians around the world each Sunday, pronounces that Christ -suffered under Pontius Pilate-, not -the Jewish mob-. The thrust of the Gospels is not an indictment of the Jewish nation but of fallen humanity, on whose account, Christians believe, Jesus suffered and died. Gibson-s film of the Passion follows the Gospel account in depicting a story of forgiveness, not retribution.”