The track reflects the singer's upbringing in an Irish Catholic community and his status as a lapsed Catholic. The song is a ballad that tells the story of a child who becomes disillusioned with religion because of his inability to deal with his own desires. The title refers to the character's blame and subsequent forgiveness of Jesus Christ for creating him as a lovely creature that has no chance to express its love.
Described as both confessional and humorous, the song has been interpreted as a blasphemous critique of organized religion and an ambivalent way for Morrissey to describe his own religiosity. The song was released in December as the fourth single from You Are the Quarry ; its release was preceded in November by that of a music video in which Morrissey I Have Forgiven Jesus - Morrissey - Greatest Hits the role of a priest.
This performance increased the controversy around the track, which received polarized reviews; some critics described it as a "woeful" release and others classified it among the best songs of both the album and of the singer's career.
It made the track his fourth top-ten hit of the year, a feat he had only achieved in the start of his solo career in — The song remained significative on Morrissey's career, being included on hisand tours. Greco of Providence College wrote that despite attributing to Jesus the blame for making him the way he is, the song deals mainly with one's inability to convey one's own desires.
Review described it as "about what to do with the abandonment of desire, how to forgive and transcend to a greater truth or good"; this truth, said May, is the search for a new identity. The song starts by establishing the title character as "a good kid" who "would do no harm", while a middle-height vocal is accompanied by a "s-sounding, almost Beatle-esque keyboard", in the words of academic Isabella van Elferen.
The third verse, in low-pitched sequences, describes a suffering routine from Monday to Friday. The song's main character, according to Zaleski and Anderson, can be that "Irish Catholic boy in Manchester" who, according to the song, is "a nice kid" who does not know how to handle his desires.
Because of the way the song inverts the divine-human relations, both academics and journalists have described it as "blasphemy" and "blasphemous". Upon its release, "I Have Forgiven Jesus" was described as a controversial track   and has polarized critics. Josh Tyrangiel of Time called it "woeful",  Alexis Petridis of The Guardian criticized it for its "cheap synthesised strings",  and Andrew Stevens of Перун - Д.И.В.А.
- Нет дыма без огня Magazine said it is "flat and go[es] nowhere". Morrissey's decision to take the role I Have Forgiven Jesus - Morrissey - Greatest Hits a priest in the music video was controversial.
Crossley of the Department of Biblical Studies of the University of Sheffield as a desire to express "personal angst" and to have an "ironical and humorous take" on it. Credits adapted from the liner notes of "I Have Forgiven Jesus" single.
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