Egan took issue with a U.S. News & World Report magazine story on a controversial new book called "The Jesus Dynasty: The Hidden History of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity," by a religious studies professor at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
The book by James Tabor claims that Jesus was the son of a Roman soldier and that he wanted to establish a worldwide dynasty led by 12 tribal leaders, with his brother James, rather than Peter, as its leader.
Tabor also takes issue with a translation of an original Greek text, released recently, in which Judas is depicted not as a traitor, but as acting on a request by Jesus to hand him over to the Romans.
Egan didn’t mince words in offering his opinion of Tabor’s book.
"What he has to say is science fiction out of control," the cardinal said.
And, "The one about Judas that has gotten so much attention – I laugh at that one," he said.
Via Speculative Catholic
Well I am not exact sure how this would be science fiction. Theological fiction perhaps or alternate history fiction.
The speech struck a chord with Vince Kastor of Fanwood, N.J., who attends Mass at St. Patrick’s every year with his family.
"Cardinal Egan was in rare form today. This is the first time since I’ve gotten here that he’s talked about current events," said Kastor, adding that he was happy Egan was "leading the flock."
But stances such as Egan’s have turned off Marybeth Sullivan, 35, a saleswoman from Manhattan who was waiting to attend the noon Mass.
"They denied the Gospel of Mary and now they’re trying to debunk the Gospel of Judas," said Sullivan. "Every time current events gives [the church] a chance to reflect and move forward, they’ve made the wrong decision."
Yeah sure Gnostic gospels written long after the death of Jesus are current events. That is if you lived in the third century or so.