Here's an odd article on The Passion of the Christ from MCN (Movie City Center) Notepad:
What's Mel Afraid Of?
The Passion of the Christ's Surprising Public Premiere
It's by David Poland and is all about a preview screening of the film to a certain Harry Knowles. The author is apparently quite upset about all this, concluding with "I cannot support this unique and uniquely grotesque road to release". But it's all a bit of a mystery to me -- perhaps because I have no idea who Harry Knowles is.