Joel Osteen Teams Up with Catholic Writers to Hail Mary in New Film

Megachurch speaker and author Joel Osteen has signed an agreement to mass market a new film based on the life of Mary.

Mary, Mother of Christ, which is stated to be the prequel to The Passion of the Christ, will be released in theaters in 2013, with Osteen serving as one of the executive producers. It is said by one of the film’s co-producers, Mary Aloe of Aloe Entertainment, to follow “Mary’s youth, young love, her life as a new mother and the triumph through the absolute terror of Herod the Great’s reign.”

The script of the film is written by Benedict Fitzgerald and Barbara Nicolosi, who are both devout Catholics. Fitzgerald had written the script for The Passion of the Christ, which was based significantly on the purported visions of Catherine Emerich, a Catholic mystic that was “beatified” many years after her death by Pope John Paul II. Scenes such as Jesus being dangled off a bridge, Mary and Mary Magdalene wiping Jesus’ blood from the floor with linens, and Pilate’s wife gifting new linens to Mary were all influenced by the writings of Emmerich and other mystics. It is not known whether Mary, Mother of Christ is based upon similar publications.

Writer Barbara Nicolosi, who also participated in The Passion of the Christ, is known for her work on the film Fatima, which is based on purported apparitions of Mary to three young children in Portugal during World War I. According to the movie website, the children are on a mission to fulfill what Mary tells them to do in the vision. Nicolosi has lectured at many Catholic colleges, and has written for a number of Catholic publications. She has also been a judge at several film festivals, and has received awards for her work, including the Catholic Academy’s Gabriel Awards.

Osteen says that he believes the film portrays Mary as “a brave, faithful young woman who readily embraces her divine destiny regardless of the sacrifices and hardships she must endure.” Co-producer Mary Aloe stated, “It is truly a story of real female empowerment.”

Osteen has also made other ecumenical moves in recent days. He raised eyebrows in April of this year when he stated to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he believed that presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a Mormon, is a Christian.

“Mormonism is a little different, but I still see them as brothers in Christ,” he explained. Osteen said the same of Barack Obama.

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“I believe with all my heart that he’s a Christian as he says he is,” he stated. “[Obama] says he is [a Christian]. Again, I wouldn’t try to push people away. That‘s just the opposite of what we’re supposed to do… My personality is, I give people the benefit of the doubt.”

Mary, Mother of Christ will be filmed in the Middle East this summer.

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  • Well written story, and lots of good research. However, my favorite part was “Megachurch speaker and author Joel Osteen”; I tip my hat to you, sir!

  • mjcarey

    I think this is a GREAT idea. In order to pull people back into the Church, they need to see our “heroes” and understand who they were, in a modern way w/o changing the meaning of faith. Mary was a sinner (and not part of the Trinity) who had her doubts but did indeed take on her task (as well as Joseph) of bearing the Saviour. Joel Osteen has a huge following and I for one will give him the benefit of doubt, as it is he who will face God. Not for me to judge. I wish him luck and hope this will open other’s hearts and bring them back into the fold of faith, whatever that may be. Lord knows, we need to get back into our faith for the sake of our great Country.

  • NNNNNNNNNNoooClintonplz

    Most of these rich preachers don’t understand the Bible anyway. (Osteen said Moses saw the sun stand still for Joshua). You would think if you are going to make mega millions for your profession you would excel in it and the only book a preacher has to know is the Bible. There is a New World Order coming. A one world church. They will all say the same thing. Everyone will be saved. AND the leader of that church is the beast and the the beast is in league with the anti-Christ. IN short they are all going to hell. Sorry Joel. You won’t say it but I will. Because it is the truth.

    • NNNNNNNNNNoooClintonplz

      oh and if Osteen was lied about then I sincerely apologize for repeating an untruth. We all know you can’t believe everything you hear or read in media.

      • NNNNNNNNNNoooClintonplz

        excuse me …false prophet and the beast (which I think is the anti-Christ). BUT the false prophet will be the leading religious leader of the day in the conglomerate of churches that come together to promote false doctrine..such as atheists are going to heaven).

    • Frank Cartwright

      isn’t the church and vatican mega rich?

  • It will not be the true story of the real Mary. It will be that fictionalized junk about her being forever virgin, no other children, suffering with Christ for our redemption and all that pagan stuff. save your money and stay home. It is just mind boggling disgusting.

    • Joe Carson

      Put down the chick comics please. If you don’t believe in the truth, please stop spreading lies.

  • Steve Williams

    The “rapture theory/ doctrine” will be the big deception that leads many to take the mark of the beast (the antichrist) When he appears many will worship and follow him, thinking he is the “real” Christ and has come to “rapture them away to heaven” but no rapture happens and then the return of the real Jesus Christ/God happens and are ashamed that they worshipped the false Christ and took the mark of the beast. God will say to those people “I never new you” Friends – don’t be fooled if your preacher and church is teaching the rapture theory. Satan wants this false lie to be taught in the churches to deceive everyone that will listen, so when the antichrist appears they will fall for it and lead them to hell. I was brought up in a Baptist church that taught the rapture theory and when I became a teenager God revealed the truth and let me know that the rapture was a lie from the devil and its purpose is to lead people to hell. Please take heed from this warning- God Bless

    • Phillip

      How would you explain John 14 1″Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2″In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3″If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.…

      • Michael Ellis

        Its the second coming Phillip

    • bravobevo

      Steve Williams is correct. The Bible says that whoever puts his or her faith in Jesus Christ will be “taken up” or “raptured” but that does not happen before Jesus’s return. It happens at the return or “second coming” of Jesus (i.e. post-tribulation). Jesus promises his followers that they (we) will suffer trials and tribulations for his name’s sake. This present world is under the influence and rule of our enemy Satan. Christians should not expect to be treated any better than how Jesus was treated. The rapture theory/doctrine is the kind of escapism that parallels the prosperity gospel. It originated during the 1800’s in the United States, and it is being exported as an American ideal just like cigarettes and pornography (all three are harbingers of disappointment and death).

  • Oundinna

    Obama says hes a Christian just like he said I could keep my insurance and doctor…..Joel here’s a news flash. PEOPLE LIE especially Barack Obama aka the Muslim, communist, traitor currently in the White House.

  • choylu

    joel osteens minitry is a CULT..LET ME SAY IT AGAIN CULT!!

    • Frank Cartwright

      so is the church

  • Frank Cartwright
  • Oboehner

    Apostatus Maximus.

  • Willem Toerien

    Osteen… what is clean and unclean, holy or profane?

  • Whitebird

    Here come those Sunday laws!

  • Mags

    Well that’s one to avoid!

  • TheBottomline4This

    For some reason it cracks me up that the guy standing there is probably Joel’s bodyguard. Why would a motivational speaker need a bodyguard???