From the homily of +Francis 11 April 2016:
“It hurts when I read that small passage from the Gospel of Matthew, when Judas, who has repented, goes to the priests and says: ‘I have sinned’ and wants to give … and gives them the coins. ‘Who cares! – they say to him: it’s none of our business!’ They closed their hearts before this poor, repentant man, who did not know what to do. And he went and hanged himself. And what did they do when Judas hanged himself? They spoke amongst themselves and said: ‘Is he a poor man? No! These coins are the price of blood, they must not enter the temple… and they referred to this rule and to that… The doctors of the letter.”
This is insanity. No, really. Who thinks like this?
This is an attack on those who understand that a person must actually repent of his sin in order to be forgiven – the doctors of the letter, otherwise known as Catholics until 2013. But what is worse than the attack is how he twists every element of what is really going on here.
First, Judas would not have sought forgiveness from the Jewish priests, regardless of what was in his heart, because the priests did not possess that power. If he were truly sorry, he would have gone to Jesus himself, or at least tried to intervene in the trial and execution. But of course he wasn’t really sorry, he was not contrite, he was only sorry FOR HIMSELF. He was sorry that he had gotten himself into this mess, and then he despaired and died in mortal sin.
But instead, +Francis PRAISES JUDAS. “This poor, repentant man.” Obviously, +Francis considers Judas to have been forgiven by God. So then wasn’t Judas the first martyr? Will his feast day be Good Friday? Or will it be transferred until after the Octave?
Now, contrast the near Canonization of Judas with +Francis’ thoughts on a few other matters:
- The BVM commits mortal sin at the foot of the cross, accusing God the Father of deception HERE
- God the Son commits the sin of deception HERE
- God the Son commits a sin in creating the Fifth Joyful Mystery, for which he needed to “beg forgiveness” HERE and HERE
- God the Father commits mortal sin by willing mortal sin HERE
Seriously, how is the diabolical inversion of truth not obvious to everyone? I can’t even keep up.