By Diogenes ( articles ) | Mar 22, 2007
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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.
Be sure to book well in advance. Space is limited.
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