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Giotto: Kiss of Judas. (1266–1337). This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or fewer.

By James R.A. Merrick, Crisis Magazine, April 3, 2024

James R.A. Merrick holds a doctorate in theology from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and is a former Anglican minister who was received into the Catholic Church in 2017.


My fear is that just as the Devil used Judas to thwart the Savior, Judas is now being similarly used to revise the traditional doctrine of salvation, particularly in its teaching about divine mercy.

James R.A. MerrickThese last few Maundy Thursdays, my feed has been populated by various musings presenting Judas as a pitiable figure who may not be in hell after all. I thought it rather diabolical that a day of sympathy for our Lord is now turning into a day of sympathy for His betrayer. But as I considered this transformation or, rather, deformation, I saw that sympathy for Judas is about far more. It is about the redefinition of divine mercy. …

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