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By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Mar 22, 2007

Judas poured scorn on the writer who claimed that he had seen Jesus walk on water, and another who suggested that while at a wedding feast in Cana he had watched the Master turn water into wine. These things never happened he declared.
-- The Gospel According to Judas, p. 87.

News reports now reveal that the controversial choice of Rome's Pontifical Biblical Institute for the launch of the Archer-Moloney novel was brokered by a fun-loving Piedmontese bishop who had earlier been the PBI's headmaster.

His Eminence Cardinal Carlo Maria "Winkles" Martini was appointed Archbishop of Milan by Pope John Paul II -- in what is generally acknowledged as one of his weaker moments -- to provide his brethren comic relief from the monotonous orthodoxy of the Italian Bishops Conference. Retired since 2002, it was he who regarded the stunt of England's most prolific perjurer making fictional use of Judas to correct the canonical gospels as "a good wheeze." And he's got 'em wetting themselves laughing in Riyadh!

Winkles is also available for weddings and bar mitzvahs, and will be happy to twist balloons into wacky animal shapes to amuse the kids you won't be having.

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  • Posted by: - Mar. 23, 2007 12:09 AM ET USA

    Why is it that those who are supposed to be the "crown" princes of the Church act more like "clown" princes? Perhaps it's time we "got the show on the road" and threw off all the "excess baggage"! Keep praying. The book says we win in the end.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 22, 2007 4:25 PM ET USA

    I'll take my Martini shaken (hard). What a sociopath. He just can't stop acting out. Maybe the Pope can find a nice assignment for him working in a hospital near downtown Baghdad.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 22, 2007 3:19 PM ET USA

    1. The picture of Fr. Moloney in suit and tie in the link is a gem. Reminds me of the photo of Frs. Ratzinger & Rahner at VCII. 2. The Martini/Moloney/Gospel of Judas scandal is a slow softball pitch to BXVI. If he fails to take action on this public blasphemy against our Lord in his own diocese, we should be concerned. 3. The clown acts and scantily dressed acrobats performed often for JPII. Hundreds of similar photos are catalogued in detail in “Previews of the New Papacy.”

  • Posted by: - Mar. 22, 2007 1:06 PM ET USA

    Somehow it seems fitting that Card. Martini would be promoting Judas.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 22, 2007 10:24 AM ET USA

    The Judas of this book sounds a lot like the minimalist and agnostic scripture scholars. I guess that is why the latter like the book so much.

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