An intelligent and very conservative Catholic tells me that Mel Gibson is a sede vacantist–in other words, he believed that he was screening The Passion not for the Pope, but for the Polish guy who’s been squatting in the Vatican for twenty five years. Is my source right?
Protestants following The Passion controversy obviously don’t care much one way or the other. Catholics could conclude that even though Gibson is a schismatic he is–or isn’t–doing the Lord’s work. I pursue the question out of journalistic curiosity, and impatience with my profession. It doesn’t seem like a difficult question to answer, yet not one story I have read has definitely addressed it.