Mel Gibson is a self-confessed traditionalist Catholic, and the task assigned to me is to explain that contemporary traditionalist Catholicism. That explanation is the direct focus of this paper. To the extent that Gibson is a well-known traditionalist, and the son of an even better known traditionalist with bizarre and well-documented views, understanding traditionalism contributes indirectly to understanding Mel Gibson. Neither of those two understandings will permit me to make any judgment about Gibson's film, The Passion of the Christ, which I have not seen, but they do raise and have raised questions about the film that would be very serious if verified.
Lawler, Michael G.
"Sectarian Catholicism and Mel Gibson,"
Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 8
, Article 9.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol8/iss1/9