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March 13, 2003
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A Jewish leader asked actor Mel Gibson to make sure that his new film about Jesus does not portray the Jews as responsible for the crucifixion. Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean of the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, said he made the request regarding the still-unfinished film “The Passion” after reading an article indicating that “the film’s purpose is to undo the changes made by Vatican II.” In 1965, the Second Vatican Council issued a decree that repudiated the Catholic teaching that Jews were collectively responsible for Jesus’ death.

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