Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Thursday, September 12, 2002

Wow! I don'y pay attention much to people in Holywood. Too self-absorbed for me to bother caring. But, along comes Mel Gibson. How non-Holywood can you get?

Mel Gibson, a Roman Catholic who is to play Christ in a new film, has attacked the Vatican, saying that he does not believe in the Church as an institution. Gibson, 46, had a Catholic upbringing and attended a Catholic boys’ school in Australia. He is scathing about the Church’s hierarchy, saying that the Vatican was “a wolf in sheep’s clothing”.

“I believe in God,” he told the newspaper Il Giornale. “My love for religion was transmitted to me by my father. But I do not believe in the Church as an institution”. Gibson has a private chapel at his home in Malibu, California, at which the service is conducted every Sunday in Latin.

Gibson, whose latest film, Signs, is released today, is said by friends to have become more conservative in his religious views in middle age.

He has been married to his wife, Robyn, for more than 20 years, unusually long by Hollywood standards, and says that his faith enabled him to survive as a family man despite the drinking binges and infidelities that accompanied his early success.

He protects the privacy of his seven children (six of them sons) fiercely, but he said that his “adventuresome” daughter Hannah wanted to be a nun, and he was very happy about it. She was “healthy, smart and well travelled” and he did not have to worry about her.

Talk about a Hollywood maverick.

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