Paul Vallely in The Independent yesterday asks about the rehabilitation of Judas. If you happen to be in New York City next Monday night, come along to the seminary from 7.30-9pm in Matthew's Lounge where you can hear a Roman Catholic opinion on this topic in the shape of a new book, "The Gospel According to Judas, by Benjamin Iscariot." Published simultaneously in eight languages on Tuesday (March 20), the book is by Lord Jeffrey Archer and Prof Francis Moloney and a work of fiction presented in the form of Scripture, complete with numbered verses, pages in gold trim and key passages highlighted in red ink.
In the story of Judas, Professor Moloney opines, every single one of us can find ourselves. "Failure lies at the core of human experience," he said, "and both human and Christian maturity emerge from an ability to handle failure." The mystery of Judas is, in the end, the mystery of all of us.