Revisiting the Gospel of Judas

A few weeks back, the “Gospel of Judas” was all over the news, with media sources exclaiming that its spectacular revelations would change the way we think about Christianity. Of course, that’s not the case. Fr. James Garneau (former academic dean of the Pontifical College Josephinum, now in pastoral work in Mt. Olive, NC) has written a nice essay discussing the newly rediscovered Gnostic gospel and its implications. A taste:

To the extent that professed and practicing Catholics are confused, beguiled, or bewildered by “new information,” we have a pretty good measure of how poorly the Catholic faith has been taught and preached in recent times. Wherever the Word of God has been presented as a text to be critically deconstructed, the way has been paved for the confusion that now exists with regard to the authority of the Gospels that the Church has declared to be inspired. Our Catholic faith has been revealed by God and is taught by the Church. Archeological discoveries can neither add to nor subtract from it.

It’s heartening that our diocese would publish this essay, which suggests that the Faith has been poorly taught and preached. One would hope that some of the powers that be would realize that they’re the prime culprits.

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1 Response to “Revisiting the Gospel of Judas”


  1. 1 jeff May 4, 2006 at 5:33 pm

    i was reading the website of an episcopal church in winston-salem the other day. the curate posted an article about the gospel of judas and said that he wasn’t really sure what to make of it and that surely we can only gain by getting a broader view of the Faith. I promptly surfed to another page remembering why I am not an episcopalian.


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