Is Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, misunderstood? Monsignor Walter Brandmuller, head of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Science of the Roman Catholic Church, believes so. And he's leading a campaign to "re-read" the Judas story. Richard Owens reports on Brandmuller's push in the Times Online story, "Judas the Misunderstood."According to the story:
Signor Messori said that the rehabilitation of Judas would "resolve the problem of an apparent lack of mercy by Jesus toward one of his closest collaborators".
He told La Stampa that there was a Christian tradition that held that Judas was forgiven by Jesus and ordered to purify himself with "spiritual exercises" in the desert.
This kind of thinking is a misuderstanding of Jesus Christ in the extreme. Have Christians so redefined God and His love that we now see Judas' judgment as a problem? I pray that true followers of Christ will allow God's Word to speak for itself, not distorting it so that it becomes more palatable to contemporary sensibilities.