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Fr. Jerry Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington who has also served as a financial administrator in the Diocese of Lincoln. Trained in business and accounting, he also holds a Master of Divinity and a Master’s in moral theology. Father Pokorsky co-founded both CREDO and Adoremus, two organizations deeply engaged in authentic liturgical renewal. He writes regularly for a number of Catholic websites and magazines.
To: His Esteemed Excellency, the High Priest Caiaphas
From: Judas Iscariot
Thank you for giving me this opportunity to provide the latest details from the inner circle of followers of Jesus of Nazareth, whom we call “the Master.” I have become very disillusioned with him after he selected the Galilean, Simon, as his chief of staff, but I am not without hope, thin as it now is. Judea is the cosmopolitan center of our race. I don’t mean to boast, but as the only Judean among them (the rest of our twelve being rough and unsophisticated backcountry Galileans), I understand the nuances necessary to advise the Master in finding common ground with the chief priests like you, the Pharisees, the Sadducees—and even the Herodians.
The Master is occasionally prone to taking bad advice. After John (called the “Baptist”) got on the wrong side of Herod and lost his head, the Master continued with John’s ‘brood of vipers’ sound bite. That’s not very wise, we can all agree, and a good handler would have prevented the gaffe. Why not something positive like “Hope and change”? A teaspoon of honey and all that. …
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