It was said that last year we had the “Summer of Mary Magdalene,” according to Time magazine, because of all the attention focused on her by the DaVinci Code as well as new interest in certain of the Gnostic gospels. One of the reasons for the fascination was that there was an implicit claim that there was more to her relationship with Jesus than that of disciple and master. Dan Brown came right and claimed they had a child together. The revived Gnostic gospels claim for her a privileged place in Christianity that they said was usurped by Peter, representing the whole patriarchy of the Church.
But the focus on Mary Magdalene as a competitor to the Petrine authority may be fading and we might have Mel Gibson to thank.