Sister Rose's Passion

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  • Until the Second Vatican Council in 1965, textbooks used to educate Catholic children taught that Jews were responsible for the death of Christ and hence were hated by God. The amendment at Vatican II was thanks to Sister Rose Thering, who had been troubled by the Church's anti-Semitic stance as a child, and appalled by the lack of response to the Holocaust as an adult. In this program, Sister Rose describes her crusade to strike inaccurate and inflammatory language about Jews from the Catholic canon. Historians and members of the clergy shed light on the theological roots of anti-Semitism, and also comment on Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, which was condemned by the U.S. Conference of Bishops.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on February 19, 2013.
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  • Vital Questions (3:20) -- Who Are the Jews? (1:53) -- What It Means to Be a Nun (3:44) -- More Questions of the Catholic Church (2:53) -- Lies about Jews (2:06) -- Sunday School Lessons (2:47) -- Nun's Report Upsets Church (3:25) -- Hanging Our Dirty Laundry (2:15) -- Vatican II (3:28) -- President Kurt Waldheim (2:22) -- Educating Youth about the Holocaust (3:54) -- "The Passion" Film (4:24) -- Commitment to the Truth (2:19) -- Credits: Sister Rose's Passion (0:58)
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