The Sarabite: Towards an Aesthetic Christianity

There is a continuous attraction, beginning with God, going to the world, and ending at last with God, an attraction which returns to the same place where it began as though in a kind of circle. -Marsilio Ficino

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Judas the Misunderstood?





http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,13509-1981591,00.html

Is this the Church of the German Shepard, Papa Ratzi?
Have these prelates read the Bible? Do they believe in anything anymore other than tailor-made red trimmed cassocks and lunch at fancy Roman restaurants? Why haven't they been sent to a monastery yet to do some long, severe penance?

Once again, the Roman Catholic Church is proving it's becoming a loose confederation of folks who like to dress up but don't really believe in anything.

(January 20th: Sorry, this was probably just sensationalist reporting by a London newspaper. See this link:

http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2006/01/mea-culpa-why-it-is-important-to.html

I still don't think the Catholic Church is in very good shape, but I will admit I was hasty. My bad!)

3 Comments:

At 9:07 AM, Anonymous Telit said...

On the contrary they have very definite beliefs to which the Church is an unsurmountable barrier; thus they act "in loco satanae".

Malachi Martin's tale of Satan's enthronement in the Vatican becomes daily more believable.

 
At 9:17 PM, Anonymous Ken said...

I'm not sure what the fuss is about; is it too much to suggest that a repentent Judas might too have earned the mercy of the Lord?

Verily, they'd better not go around painig halos on Judas on all those paintings, and in a culture which refuses to call sin sin, trying to even somewhat rehabilitate Judas' image is probably imprudent, but I don't think we should underestimate the mercy of God, lest it be underused for our own sakes.

 
At 5:58 AM, Blogger Pseudo-Iamblichus said...

John ch. 17, v. 12:

"While I was with them I kept thy name. Those whom thou gavest me I have kept; and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition, that the Scripture may be fufilled."

Pretty clear to me. The overwhelming opinion of the Fathers of the Church is that Judas was damned. The ancient liturgies of the Church are unanimous as well. The damnation of Judas, in the end, shows us that our own damnation is a real possibility. We can't just say, "the mercy of God will take care of it." God is not mocked.

 

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