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Defending the Pharisees

By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 20, 2004

It ain't easy to defend the Pharisees.

But somehow we always knew that, if it was going to be done at all, it would be done by an employee of the US bishops' conference.

The only role the Bible says the Pharisees have in the passion of Jesus is, in one case they try to warn him that there's a plot against his life," said Eugene Fisher, the spokesman on interfaith relations for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C.

Nice guys, all of them. Helpful. Saul of Tarsus was a Pharisee, before his conversion. Another nice guy. Held people's cloaks.

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Feb. 21, 2004 11:54 AM ET USA

    There are no snakes in Heaven, pseudo...Let us pray that ALL might repent... God's peace, John

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Feb. 20, 2004 11:02 PM ET USA

    JJP, St Theresa of Avila did warn us that many abandon their journey once they reach the first level in the spiritual journey because of discouragement at all the vipers that immediately appear before the eyes of their soul. (Their own sins). Whether the Vipers are our own sins or others, we mustn't give in to despair. Humour is meant to edify, not to discourage.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Feb. 20, 2004 8:16 PM ET USA

    Forgive me, pseudo, but reading the article and the comments quickly leaves me confused. ALL the vipers (past and present) seem to be the same!

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Feb. 20, 2004 10:10 AM ET USA

    Whom was Jesus (in some Bibles, when he speaks, the letters are in red) addressing when he utters the immortal words "brood of vipers"?

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Feb. 20, 2004 9:14 AM ET USA

    The only role? Who are we blaming now for the rest of the Passion? Essenes? Edomites? Samaritans? (shouldn't Passion be capitalized as it is a proper noun, i.e. "the Civil War" vs. "a civil war")