A NEW FILM about the legal • wrangles over a book on the Crucifixion is causing great • distress among Catholics in Ontario, Canada.
The film, called "The Jesus Trial" was directed by Mr Tad Jaworski, a polish emigre who • was brought up as a Catholic but • who is now an agnostic and works for Ontario's educational television service.
"The Jesus Trial" reconstructs the 1974 courtroom battle over • "The True Trial of Jesus", a • book by M Jacques Isorni which argued that Pontius Pilate alone, and not the whole Jewish nation, was to blame for Jesus' condemnation and death.
The legal action against M lsorni was brought by Fr Georges de Nantes, a leading figure in "Centre Reform" an extreme traditionalist group. Catholics have complained that Fr de Nantes' views are being represented as being typical of all Catholics. The film includes excerpts of the gruelling Ixta_palapa Passion play in Mexico and scenes of Nazi concentration camps and fighting in Northern Ireland and the Lebanon.
It does not mention that Fr de Nantes' attitude is highly unrepresentative, nor does it acknowledge the fact that the Church regards the Jewish nation as free from guilt for the Crucifixion.
Tring sale plan
The Convent of St Francis de Sales, Tring, Hertfordshire, has applied to the local council for planning permission for 30 flats and garages.
The Oblates of St Francis run two private schools in Tring, and they intend to sell the old junior school property and transfer the school to a site next to their senior girls' school.
The two schools have a total of 200 pupils.