Jesus Meets Obama's Transition Team

Would Jesus be approved for a spot in the Obama administration? Father Jim Martin offers a report.

BY: Fr. James Martin


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43.) Please list any administrative agency procedures in which you have been involved as a material witness...
Bad news here. Confusing testimony from trial. Sanhedrin transcript lost. Roman authorities might balk at giving access to files. Maybe returning more statues to Italy might help with this? (Do we know anyone at Getty Museum?)

45.) Have any members of your family or close social business associates been arrested for, charged with or convicted of a crime...
His "friend" Peter--get this--sliced someone's ear off before trial. No charges, since guy got better, somehow. Still, embarrassing.

57.) If applicable, please list the names, addresses and phone numbers of cohabitants within the last ten years.
Palled around with "followers" (few 100) and "disciples" (70 or so). And "apostles." 12. Only men?? Will that (a) offend women? Or (b) raise eyebrows among religious right? But has lots of friends, men and women. Likeable guy. Doesn't discriminate. Young voters will like that.

61.) Do you have any association with any person, group or business venture that could be impugn your character.
Prostitutes, sinners, tax collectors. Also: formerly "possessed" people. Freaky actually, though to hear him describe it, they were pretty nice people, post-exorcism.

Executive Summary: Frankly, Mr. President-elect, I cannot in good conscience recommend this guy for cabinet post or any other high-level position. (I know we were talking HHS.) On the plus side, he's friendly, a natural storyteller (think Reagan) and the anti-business episode in the Temple would be a big hit these days. On the minus side, he has a history of stirring up trouble with both religious and governmental authorities (and we haven't even interviewed the Romans yet). Lousy taste in friends. No experience in financial matters. And, I hate to say this, but he's not the sharpest dresser (beard, too) so would feel out of place in DC, not to mention the White House.

My recommendation: No for Cabinet. No for any government agency. No for ambassador. But likeable. Smart. Funny. Great storyteller. (Remind me to tell you the Samaritan story) Find him another job somewhere. We still doing faith-based initiatives?

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