I was impressed by Amy Pawlak's take on l'affaire Gibson, over at Modern Commentaries.
One point that she made to which I heartily agree is that, given time, this issue will blow over because of the beast that The Business is. Everyone will hate Mel right now - until he offers them the opportunity to make money. One of the first quotes I saw about this incident came from Barbara Walters, who said on The View that she was not going to watch Mel Gibson pictures anymore - but I have no doubt that if he were to offer her an interview to explain that night, she would have the cameras rolling in a Noo Yawk second, knowing it would get her the ratings she places above all.
Mel acted like an absolute ass. In fact, he may actually be one - for all we know, he is of the same mindset as his father and a closet anti-Semite. Mel does not get a "get out of jail free" card for making The Passion of the Christ. It remains a cinema classic and an outstanding piece of art. But he must know, as a Catholic, that none of us are "saved" - our journey towards salvation is precisely that, a voyage, not a moment in time, and a life long struggle. We sin, we fall, we get back up - hopefully, to limp in chains to the nearest Confessional, where those are removed. Mel needs to get to that Confessional . . . now.
I would like to see one more apology from Mr. Gibson, though - one to his fellow Catholics. He has been our "poster boy," if you will, and very public about his faith. Perhaps to some Catholics his behavior is merely a disappointment, but to others it is an embarassment and a hurt, especially since the Church has come a long way in establishing relations with the Jews. In addition to the slurs made by him, now we see the pictures of Mel just before his arrest, partying it up with a bevy of ladies with his wife absent. It's a sordid and unseemly picture over all and unfortunately it is one that allows people to use to justify their own prejudice against Catholics. Mel tarnished the image of Mother Church, and yes, I do think he owes us an apology. But remember, our challenge is to forgive - let's hope that happens as well.