Judas, Peter, Francis, and Julie: Descending to the Limits of Absurdity

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“So Judas brought a detachment of soldiers together with police from the chief priests and the Pharisees, and they came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus, knowing all that was to happen to him, came forward and asked them, ‘Whom are you looking for?’ They answered, ‘Jesus of Nazareth.’ Jesus replied, ‘I am he’ (John 18:3-5). Follower of Hieronymus Bosch, The arrest of Christ (circa 1530-1550). Oil on panel. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Wikimedia Commons.

Judas, Peter, Francis, and Julie: Descending to the Limits of Absurdity

“Judas was not the one who sinned the most: I don’t know who sinned the most.” ~ Pope Francis

“But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.)” (John 6:64)

“So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:67-69)

“Jesus answered them, ‘Did I not choose you, the Twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.’ He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the Twelve, was going to betray him.” (John 6:70-71)

“Peter” = “a believer”

“Judas” = “a devil”

“Judas was not the one who sinned the most: I don’t know who sinned the most.” ~ Pope Francis

  1. Francis says Judas was not the one [apostle] who sinned the most
  2. Francis says he doesn’t know who [which apostle] sinned the most
  3. Therefore Francis cannot know Judas was not the one [apostle] who sinned the most

Francis says Judas wasn’t all that bad a guy… and no worse than the other apostles…

Pope Francis waves to crowds as he arrives to his inauguration mass on 19 March 2013.

Judas a sinner, but no worse than anyone else

“VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis says Judas Iscariot was not the only sinner among the Twelve Apostles but he was the one who “closed himself to love.”

“In a homily during his morning Mass at the Vatican on Tuesday, the pope spoke of the universality of sin while encouraging the faithful to fully immerse themselves in the Catholic Church and not simply stand on the threshold of their faith.

“Francis stressed that Jesus opened the doors of his church to everyone without distinction, irrespective of their sins, and built the church on the foundation of the Apostles, “all of them sinners.”

“As St. Paul says, this church is built on the foundations of the Apostles; he chose 12 of them. All of them sinners,” the pope said in his homily.

“Judas was not the one who sinned the most: I don’t know who sinned the most. … Judas, poor man, is the one who closed himself to love and that is why he became a traitor. And they all ran away during the difficult time of the Passion and left Jesus alone. They are all sinners.”

“The pope said Jesus wanted everyone to be inside the church he created, not as strangers simply passing through, but with the “rights of a citizen” with their roots in the church.

“Francis has referred to the role of Judas several times since becoming pope in 2013. In May last year, he said that Judas had stood apart “in his solitude” and his selfishness grew to the point where he betrayed Jesus.

“The pope warned that those who “isolate their conscience in selfishness” end up losing and Judas ended up that way as “an idolater, attached to money” for the 30 pieces of silver he received for betraying Jesus.”

Source: USA TODAY: Pope: Judas a sinner, but no worse than anyone else – http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/10/29/pope-francis-judas-sinner/18123227

Judas, Peter, Francis, and Julie

“For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” ~ Jesus (Mark 14:21)

“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” ~ Jesus (Matthew 16:18)

Julie, a blogger at Connecticut Catholic Corner, is doing her best to salvage the papacy of Francis by equating Peter with Judas, and, by extension: To Julie, Francis. Peter, Judas, and Francis are the same. And, from Francis’ recent declaration, that Judas was no worse than the other apostles, I guess Julie and Francis are in agreement.

I would think that once people (like Julie and Francis) begin saying Judas’ betrayal of Jesus was no worse than Peter’s denial of Jesus they would begin rethinking what they’re saying, because what they’re saying is absurd.

Jesus said, of Judas – and of no one else, including Peter – that it would have been better had he never been born. Jesus also said of Judas – and of no one else, including Peter – that, of the twelve apostles he had chosen, one (Judas) was a devil.

Should not these statement’s, made by Christ himself, convince people, like Julie, that there is a substantial difference between Peter and Judas?

Julie’s contortion of logic, theology, and the Bible extends itself even to the definition of words, which she also contorts.

Julie, in desperation, says “deny” and “denial” mean the same thing as “betray” and “betrayal”.

The dictionary says otherwise…

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betray definition copy

Once people begin changing the definition of words in order to defend their position, we can be certain they have no solid ground upon which to stand, intellectually speaking.

Peter’s denial of Jesus is the same as Judas’ betrayal of Jesus, says Julie.

But, in fact, there is a HUGE difference between denial and betrayal, and a HUGE difference between Peter’s denial of Jesus and Judas’ betrayal of Jesus.

I guess it makes no difference to Julie (and others like her) whether Peter is the pope, Judas is the pope, or Francis is the pope?

I’m of the opinion that, were Satan himself elected pope, millions of people, like Julie, would consider him to be a valid pope. After all, Judas was a valid apostle, Julie says… and, after all, Judas wasn’t any worse a sinner than anyone else, Francis says….

The crisis in the Catholic Church has finally descended to the limits of absurdity: Even Judas – the betrayer of Christ who hung himself – could be a valid pope.

I wonder when people like Julie will begin naming their sons “Judas”?

No parents have named their sons “Judas” for the past 2,000 years.

For good reason.

Plenty of boys and men named “Peter” though.

Hmm….

Julie and Francis are wrong: Judas was a worse sinner than the other apostles… because Judas betrayed Jesus.

As Jesus himself said, Judas was a devil and it would have been better had he never been born.

Think about that.

There’s hardly anyone who considers themselves a Catholic who has attempted to rehabilitate the image of Judas by minimizing his betrayal of Jesus. In fact, for the past 2,000 years, the betrayal of Jesus by Judas has been thought by everyone to be the most heinous crime in human history, second only to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, which was facilitated by Judas’ betrayal.

Hardly anyone… until now.

I guess desperate times call for desperate (and absurd) measures?

Julie minimizes the crime of Judas, as does the person she considers pope: Jorge Bergoglio, because she can’t bring herself to admit the ugly truth: Bergoglio is not pope, nor has any man been pope since at least as far back as 1958. Vatican II ushered in a new and false religion when the false popes and false bishops taught and promulgated (with pretended authority) false doctrines, evil disciplines, and false liturgical practices which could not have come from Christ, the Head of the Church, but from Satan.

In trying to defend Judas, Julie does the will of Satan… as does her pope, who says he knows… and doesn’t know… which apostle was a worse sinner.

Jesus knew.

And so did Satan.

VIDEO – The Enemy is Within: The Kiss of Judas Iscariot, by Fr. Michael Rodriguez: http://youtu.be/E2Wcgc-Rj1M via @YouTube

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2 Responses to Judas, Peter, Francis, and Julie: Descending to the Limits of Absurdity

  1. Is the Pope Catholic? Critics Rally Around Benedict As Talk of Schism Looms

    Conservative Catholics, angry at Pope Francis’s more moderate tone, are bucking the Church’s hierarchy.

    “Almost from the beginning, there have been rumblings of discontent about Pope Francis. While the world’s media fell in love with him, there were more conservative bishops who felt that Francis’s popular appeal came at the expense of carefully worked-out Church rituals and teachings. They saw Francis as chipping away at established Church teachings on sexuality, kowtowing to the liberal media, and acting aggressively towards conservative church leaders.

    “Criticism of Francis has come to a head with the publication of the final report of the Synod on the Family. Despite changing absolutely nothing doctrinally, the Synod’s recommendations for a more understanding attitude to those in unconventional family arrangements have ignited a firestorm of controversy among conservative commentators. The possibility that Catholics who had divorced and remarried without receiving an annulment might be readmitted into full communion with the Church has made many apoplectic…”

    Read more: Is the Pope Catholic? Critics Rally Around Benedict As Talk of Schism Looms http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/02/is-the-pope-catholic-critics-rally-around-benedict-as-talk-of-schism-looms.html?via=desktop&source=twitter via @candidamoss, @joelbaden

  2. Pope Francis agitates conservative U.S. Catholics

    “A senior American cardinal in the Vatican says that under this pope, the Roman Catholic Church is “a ship without a rudder” and the faithful “are feeling a bit seasick.”

    “Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput complains that a recent Vatican conference called by Pope Francis produced “confusion,” adding, “Confusion is of the devil.”

    “A group of conservative lay Catholics say they felt “betrayed” by a preliminary report from the conference that proposed a more welcoming attitude toward gay men and lesbians.

    “Turnabout is supposed to be fair play, but for these and other U.S. Catholic conservatives and traditionalists, the papacy of Francis also seems to be infuriating, worrying or just plain puzzling…”

    Read more: Pope Francis agitates conservative U.S. Catholics http://usat.ly/1wSHvNG via @thv11

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