The M+G+R Foundation
Attempt to The Rehabilitation of Judas
A Sample of The Press Coverage
January 7, 2006, we read on Port
Huron Times Herald:
next spring, a
Gospel of Judas is scheduled to be published by Rodolphe Kasser of the
University of Geneva, in cooperation with the National Geographic
According to The Christian Century,
the text has been authenticated as
having been written in Greek in the second century AD. No one is saying
much about what's in the text, but one scholar who saw part of it said
the story appears to justify what Judas did as carrying out God's
preordained plan for salvation."
On January 12, 2006,
we read in Times
a campaign led by Monsignor
Brandmuller, head of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Science,
is aimed at persuading believers to look kindly at a man reviled for
Msgr. Brandmuller told fellow
scholars it was time for a “re-reading” of
the Judas story. He is supported by Vittorio Messori, a prominent
Catholic writer close to both Pope Benedict XVI and the late John Paul
Signor Messori said that the
rehabilitation of Judas would “resolve the
problem of an apparent lack of mercy by Jesus toward one of his closest
He told La Stampa that there was a Christian tradition that
that Judas was forgiven by Jesus and ordered to purify himself with
“spiritual exercises” in the desert.
Father Allen Morris, Christian Life
and Worship secretary for
Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, said: “If Christ died for all —
is it possible that Judas too was redeemed through the Master he
betrayed?” The “rehabilitation” of Judas could help the Pope's drive to
improve Christian-Jewish relations, which he has made a priority of his
On January 14, 2006, we read
Catholic Apologist Blogger,
had circulated the original news report, claim that there are errors in
the story; poor translations; etc. Basically, he withdraws his
comments, i.e., "No Campaign", "No Vatican scholar promoting it", etc. [Not to our surprise - we
read the original Italian news stories and found no
translation errors. Besides,
Vottorio Messori does not talk/write without a real reason.]
On January 19, 2006, we
read in TIME
Gospel of Judas, the alleged
Egyptian translation of a 2nd century manuscript promises to be a kind
of Da Vinci Code--style everything-you-know-is-wrong thrill ride.
According to its holders, the text will be unveiled this spring for the
first time in at least 1,500 years. If your Coptic is rusty, there will
be an official translation, and a National Geographic TV special in
late April, they say.
Yet the rumor of
stirred intriguing discussion.
Queried by the newspaper La Stampa,
Vatican historian Monsignor Walter Brandmuller noted that the tractate
might shed light on early Christianity even if the text had eventually
been found heretical.
Vittorio Messori, a layman who has co-written
books with Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI (when he was Joseph
Cardinal Ratzinger) is more effusive. "Jesus' words about Judas ["It
would have been good for that man if he had not been born"] are tough,"
he told TIME. But "Judas wasn't guilty. He was necessary. Somebody had
to betray Jesus. Judas was the victim of a design bigger than himself."
But when his treatise finally gets its red-carpet moment,
news may be that even orthodoxy's defenders can have some sympathy for