Karl Cardinal Lehmann Karl Cardinal Lehmann
Function:
Bishop of Mainz, Germany
Title:
Cardinal Priest of San Leone I
Birthdate:
May 16, 1936
Country:
Germany
Elevated:
Feb 21, 2001
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English Cardinal Lehmann on Mel Gibson's Film 'The Passion'
Sept 12, 2004
Joint statement by: Cardinal Karl Lehmann, president, German Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Wolfgang Huber, Evangelical Church, and Dr Paul Spiegel, president of the Central Council of Jews, Germany.

Whether or not the film is intentionally anti-Semitic there is the danger that it can be used in the sense of anti-Semitic propaganda. It does contain signs of differentiation in its portrayal of Jewish figures, but overall it gives rise to an impression of overdrawn negativity in the Sanhedrin and large sections of the Jewish population. The portrayal in the film conceals the danger of the revival of anti-Semitic prejudice. This is especially explosive given the situation in Europe where growing anti-Semitic tendencies are discernible.
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