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Sister Rose's Passion (2004)

Celebrates Sister Rose Thering, for 67 years a Dominican nun. Her passion is anti-Semitism. Archival footage looks at her growing up in Wisconsin and taking the veil in her teens. ... See full summary »

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Celebrates Sister Rose Thering, for 67 years a Dominican nun. Her passion is anti-Semitism. Archival footage looks at her growing up in Wisconsin and taking the veil in her teens. Interviews with scholars and common people capture the extent to which "Christ killers" was a standard Catholic description of Jews. Sister Rose's research at Saint Louis University in the 1950s into the presentation of Jews within Catholic educational materials leads to the publication of "Nostra Aetate," a document released in 1965 by the Second Vatican Council. Since that time, she's dedicated herself to eradicating anti-Semitism. The film ends with a critique of Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ." Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Inspiring woman insufficiently explored
28 June 2006 | by (SoFla, UsA) – See all my reviews

Interesting if uninvolved in it's brevity and lack of substance, this short film documentary perhaps should have expanded it's format for DVD release. Extra scenes seem just as relevant to learning the little details about this woman's work then what is included for the most part- I can only think of a limiting time factor as a reason to cut much of it. Therefore I must fault the filmmaker/distributor if only for releasing this as a DVD release under the running length of 80 some odd minutes. Actual running time of the short is correct on IMDb, and including the extras as part of running time at the viewer's ignorance is a kinda cheap move. On the actual subject itself, Sister Rose definitely deserves some sort of treatment for the work she has done in fighting against anti-Semites in the church, more importantly deserving to capture her bold yet sweet symbol of rebellious defiance she stood for in an especially hard environment to do so. I do feel that director Jacoby, and most indeed the aged Sister Rose herself barely scratch the surface of what she spent her whole professional life fighting against. The eventual "laws" that Rose help lay foundation for which forbid teachings of Jewish hatred in Christian religious texts seems hardly a symbolic and shallow gesture in a movement that will still have some time to go. As if the supposed Christian-Judeo alliance has not incited enough hatred around the middle east as of late, that supposed alliance has in itself intense hatred on either sides. People like Sister Rose should not be taken for granted when the billions of us supposedly worship and idolize legend's whose principles out-shadowed anything that subsequent posthumous teachings manipulated out of fear and ignorance. Bless those that continue to seek purity in the original message.


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