Why is there a painting of a nude Jesus ministering to Judas in Pope Francis’ study?

L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s own newspaper, featured as its cover photo a scandalous painting of Our Lord in the Pope’s own quarters.


According to the Vatican’s own newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis has placed a painting of a resurrected nude Jesus ministering to Judas, Christ’s own betrayer, behind the Pope’s desk in his personal study in the Vatican. 

The Vatican newspaper dedicated the first three pages of its Holy Thursday edition to Judas and called into question, as Pope Francis has done, Judas’ damnation. Although Pope Francis has, several times already, suggested that Judas is not in hell, that notion directly conflicts with statements of previous popes and Our Lord Himself, who said of Judas it would be better for him that he had not been born.

L’Osservatore Romano, which is officially approved before publication, featured as its cover photo a scandalous painting of a nude resurrected Jesus ministering to Judas. And if that’s not bad enough, the acompanying editorial explains that that painting was inspired by one of Pope Francis’ books that suggested Judas may not be in hell, and that the artist gave it to Francis, who had placed it behind his desk in his personal study along with a statue of Jesus carrying Judas as a lost sheep.  

Now, I hate to say it but, considering the track record of Pope Francis, it’s not all that surprising that he has such a fascination with Judas. To many faithful Catholics, it seems like Francis is betraying the Mystical Body of Christ in much the same way that Judas betrayed Our Lord.  

This painting being behind the Pope’s desk and placed on the cover of the Vatican newspaper is itself a scandal. Andrea Monda, the director of L’Osservatore Romano, explains in the Vatican newspaper’s editorial that the painting was inspired by Francis’ 2018 book Quando pregate dite Padre Nostro in which Francis suggests the salvation of Judas.

It’s not the first time Francis has pushed the notion that Judas may be saved. Last April, he did the same thing in a televised homily in his private chapel on Wednesday of Holy Week, where he had to read that very passage where Jesus says it would be better for Judas not to have been born. 

“How did Judas end up? I don’t know,” said Pope Francis at the time.

As often happens, Pope Francis let’s his trusted men speak with more vigor than he himself would. In December last year, one of Pope Francis’ most trusted allies in the Vatican, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, went so far as to say that all those who say Judas is in hell are “heretics.”

Paglia, who is the President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said on December 10, 2020 that, “We must also remember that, for the Catholic Church, if someone says that Judas is in hell, he is a heretic.” 

In that same address, Paglia asserted that a priest may legitimately remain at the bedside of someone undergoing assisted suicide in order to “hold their hand” and “accompany” them.

Nevertheless, the teaching of the church is clear on the damnation of Judas. The Catechism of the Council of Trent is very explicit on this point saying that Judas “lost soul and body” and that his betrayal despite his priesthood “brought him everlasting destruction.” 

Moreover, the first Pope, St. Peter, was clear that after Judas betrayed Christ he had to be replaced as an apostle, whereas after the deaths of other apostles they were not replaced.

Theologian Peter Kwasniewski explains this point well in an essay at Rorate Caeli 

“The first Pope argues that Judas, by his transgression, fell away from the apostleship forever. Note that Judas was the only apostle whose place had to be filled after his death. When James was killed by Herod (Acts 12:2), Peter and the others did not appoint another man as a James substitute. There were successors to the apostles (and many more than twelve of them!), but no other replacements. Ultimately, all of the original eleven together with Matthias left this world in death to become the everlasting foundations of the heavenly Jerusalem: “And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them, the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb” (Rev 21:14). Put simply, an apostle who died in a state of grace is an apostle forever, irreplaceable, going to his reward as a perrmanentfoundation stone of the Church. This can only mean that Judas, who had to be replaced, died in sin and lost his ministry and apostleship forever. He went “to his own place,” that is, the place that befitted him: hell.”

But we hardly need go to the Catechism or even the first Pope on this question when Our Lord Himself has already been explicit on it. Three times in the Scriptures, Jesus is recorded as indicating Judas’ ultimate fate. In John 6:71, Jesus calls Judas a devil. He says “Have not I chosen you twelve? And one of you is a devil.” The following verse explains, “Now he meant Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon; for this same was about to betray him, whereas he was one of the twelve.”

In John 17:12, Jesus calls Judas the “son of perdition” in his prayer to God the Father. “While I was with them, I kept them in thy name. Those whom thou gavest me have I kept: and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition: that the scripture may be fulfilled.” 

And finally, in both the Gospels of Matthew 26:24 and Mark 14:21, we hear Jesus saying of Judas: “It would be better for that man if he had never been born”  

As Cardinal Avery Dulles once reflected when contemplating these verses in an article about the fate of Judas: “If Judas were among the saved, these statements could hardly be true. Many saints and doctors of the Church, including St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas, have taken it as a revealed truth that Judas was reprobated.” 

So, let us never presume our salvation. Let us rather work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, as St. Paul teaches. We must practice self-control or, as St. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:27, “I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway.” 

Hell is not empty of human souls. As Our Lady of Fatima revealed to the threechildren of Fatima, there are many many souls falling into hell like snowflakes. That is why this life is all about winning our eternal salvation. St. Paul likens it to a race which we have to run. 

So, let’s run the race, let’s fight the good fight! Let’s strive to get to that place where St. Paul was right before his martyrdom when he said (2 Timothy 4), “I am even now ready to be sacrificed: and the time of my dissolution is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. As to the rest, there is laid up for me a crown of justice, which the Lord the just judge will render to me in that day: and not only to me, but to them also that love his coming.” 

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3 Responses to Why is there a painting of a nude Jesus ministering to Judas in Pope Francis’ study?

  1. Reblogged this on Zero Lift-Off and commented:
    “Sold Their Souls to The Devil!” Each Had His Price.
    The answer is simple; this false pope Bergoglio is Satanic. We’ve known for some time how he runs contrary to the established truth and facts, so who does he think he is to throw into question foundational precepts and teachings from our Lord Jesus Christ; the way he does! He is obviously Anti-Christ and serves Satan. This man puts himself above God on many occasions and has gotten bolder in his assaults on Jesus and His Church; with each passing year.

    Let’s not forget this is the same man who thoroughly promoted the most corrupted and diabolical career politician here in America, the now Fraud Puppet POTUS “Scranton Joe” Biden who himself is an absolute “Judas character in America!” Bergoglio is saying straight out that evil and transgression against the Most High, God Almighty; is not a bad thing!

    “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).

    Biden has been and is so obviously an evil fraud of a man, but so too is this man Bergoglio who walks around as a “Puppet Pope” serving dark purposes only, as he links himself directly with “global politics” or in essence the “Ways of the World” and we can be sure who the puppeteer is in his case!

    And I must quote here from the article this line that cuts to the chase, “To many faithful Catholics, it seems like Francis is betraying the Mystical Body of Christ in much the same way that Judas betrayed Our Lord.”

    Of course he has and is, without a doubt; so the verdict is in as far as I’m concerned, that we have here in this personage named Bergoglio; the “False Prophet” prophesied in Holy Scriptures; who perhaps even wants to call himself God! But, we can be certain he is in lockstep with the Antichrist and Satan!

    When we speak to this issue of Judas we must remember these great words from our Lord Jesus Christ!

    James 4:4 ESV “You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”

    1 John 2:15-17 ESV “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”

    And this last verse we can clearly apply in this matter of Bergoglio as well as Biden, and of course Judas; who was afflicted with the same sin in his heart!

    Matthew 6:24 ESV “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

    I repeat this portion of what the book of John states precisely, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

    Judas who was right in the presence of God in the personage of Jesus Christ, was showing by his own clear choice that he didn’t want to serve Jesus or God; but instead clearly proved that he wanted to serve this world and those that ran it at that time; so he “Sold Out” and lost his own soul to Satan. That is exactly what Biden did a long time ago putting a price on himself in the Billions of dollars, much greater than the “coins that Judas accepted to betray the Savior!” Bergoglio “Sold Out” for “worldly power” and puts himself above God as he is a so called “Holy Man” who is now betraying the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, claiming “earthly moral authority” and fusing that with “Global earthly political power!” He can only be serving Satan!

    1 John 5:19 ESV “We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”

    John 15:18-19 ESV “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”
    Matthew 16:26 ESV “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?”

    God bless you.
    Brother in Christ Jesus,
    Lawrence Morra III

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  2. jdawood says:

    The Faith as Christ taught is being dismantled sadly. Christ Himself called Judas “devil” and said “it would have been better if he was not borne”. What more proof do we want than this that Judas is in eternal damnation! Is there any sin too big! Or does anything and everything go!!? Lord Have Mercy on Us

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