Does anyone know what this is? The husband of a friend of mine and I were talking (super informally–basically he was doing all the talking about the corruption of True Faith and the sins of the “organization” the Catholic Church) and he referred to something called the thirteenth gospel that the Church supposedly has suppressed and keeps hidden from everyone to justify…??? --you name it–The Church is guilty of it–especially he referenced in great detail the sex abuse scandal in proving his “point” (which I’m not sure there was a point)! Now I know his info is amazingly skewed because he even referenced the “Pope Joan” garbage and the slaughter of innocents in the inquisition in the Church’s efforts to control the people–and on and on–I couldn’t get a word in–it was quite a rant but it wasn’t angry–he was just spewing–(he’s a lawyer–no offense to any jurists out there!) and all I could do was keep trying to emphasize the Church has sinners in it, but that the Church is more than the human beings who call themselves Catholic and that his understanding of Catholicism is deeply flawed. (I was very patient and didn’t get angry–actually, I was a bit dumfounded)…you get the point that it was a mess!
Anyway–when I said I had no idea what he was talking about when he referenced the “thirteenth gospel” he was genuinely surprised I’d never heard of it (but he did say that I certainly have swallowed all the propaganda of the Church).
So–does anyone know what that is? or what he might be referring to? The basic gist of the rant was that “church” is the people and not anything “organized”–and I think that idea may have something to do with it.
Oh–his familiarity with Christianity is about nil–he does not practice any religion, but he was brought up Muslim, but I don’t think devoutly–if that has any bearing…