Quote for Today: Russ Breault who is helping beach bums with some spiritual guidance

June 27, 2014 2 comments

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Faith doesn’t usually require this kind of empirical evidence. But it’s always nice when evidence comes along to increase faith.

– Russ Breault from an article, Where We Worship: St. Brendan’s the Navigator on Seven Mile Island, at Philly.com (Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia  Daily News)

Hat tip to Louis for this link.

Picture:  St. Brendan’s the Navigator on Seven Mile Island

Story lead:

As area families lather on the sunscreen, pack up the car and head down the Shore, one consideration that isn’t always made is where the beach bums will go for spiritual guidance on Sunday.

See:  Russ Breault Visiting South Jersey Shore as posted on June 11th.

Another New Old Video?

June 27, 2014 4 comments

Hat tip to Joe Marino

I don’t think I’ve seen this one before. I assume it is new.  Maybe,  maybe not.  Are we ever going to get away from these old clips about flower images and coins on the eyes? 

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John Klotz’ Approaching Book on the Shroud

June 26, 2014 9 comments

clip_image001As most of you know, John Klotz is a regular participant in this blog. He has in these last few weeks been working to finish up his book on the Shroud of Turin. A theme, an "Apocalypse of Selfishness," is intrinsically a part of the book. With that in mind, he has turned to his blog, Quantum Christ, to republish something he wrote in 1972.  Here is the beginning:

The following piece was written by me in 1972 as a part of my studies for my Master’s Degree in International law.of International Law degree at New York University. In concerns the prospect of prosecuting ocean polluters as for international crimes just as we prosecute pirates. The first section: The Death of the Ocean the Mother of life seems particularly relevant to environmental crisis we face today that now threatens the humanity with an "Apocalypse of Selfishness."

Reprinted from The International Lawyer, Vol.6, No. 4, October 1972 Page 706 
Copyright 1972 American Bar Association

Are Ocean Polluters Subject to Universal Jurisdiction: Canada Breaks the Ice

By John C. Klotz*

A.      The Death of the Ocean – Mother of Life

      Until now, human development has proceeded on the assumption  that the earth and its resources were created for the use and  exploitation by mankind, and were so plentiful that little  thought need be given to their ultimate exhaustion.(Nte. 1) In terms  of ecology, man’s economic theories have advanced little beyond  those of the Stone Age: "slash and burn" agricultural communities  who roam the world’s tropical forests, slashing and burning trees  to create small plots for cultivation, and when the soil is soon  exhausted, moving on to another part of the forest to slash and  burn again.

      Similarly, modern man has exploited the resources of the  earth with such reckless abandon, that the human race is now  faced with an ecological crisis of unbelievable complexity. We  now know that the earth’s resources are limited, with the points  of exhaustion of many of the most basic resources near at hand,  and that exploitation and industrialization are exacting such a  fearful toll that life, as we now know it, may be doomed to  extinction.(Nte. 2)

      Perhaps the most obvious of the world’s endangered  ecological systems is the ocean.(Nte. 3) Ocean waters cover  four-fifths of the earth’s surface. Its interaction with the  atmosphere determines weather and climate and each influences in  many ways the composition of the other.(Nte. 4) Over 70 percent of the  atmosphere’s oxygen was created by ocean organisms.(Nte. 5) The ocean  is  an integral part of the world’s food supply and an important  communications link between the continents. Thus, the destruction  or alteration of the ocean’s ecosystems would threaten the  earth’s supply of oxygen, lead to the possibility of seriously  altered climates and threaten destruction of an important source  of the world’s present and future food supply.(Nte. 6)

Barrie Schwortz Interviewed by Jim Paris

So what we have on there is not something that some artist depicted,
so this is the real thing.

Take your choice: The complete PDF transcript of the show or a YouTube soundtrack of the June 22 broadcast (you can click on the play button below). It runs for 54 minutes.

Here is a sample from about the mid-point of the broadcast:

. . . Yeah they crucified him, speared him, scourged him; they did all these things to lots of people. But only one we know of had all of those things applied to him including this crown of thorns. I wanted to add one thing from the earlier segment. The wounds depicted on the shroud are 100% forensically accurate, and that was determined by no less than three forensic experts. So what we have on there is not something that some artist depicted, so this is the real thing.

The show’s description reads:

Barrie Schwortz, one of the original members of the team tasked with analyzing and authentication the Shroud Of Turin, joins Jim Paris Live. Discussed on this episode – what produced the image found on the ancient burial cloth? How do we know that it is not a fake? What evidence is there that the man wrapped in the burial cloth was tortured with a crown of thorns (as in the Gospel account)? Does the Shroud contain the DNA of Jesus Christ?

Anticipating the Conference: Bruno Barberis on the Two Ways of Understanding the Shroud

June 26, 2014 3 comments

Bruno Barberis  |  11-Oct-14  |  10:45-11:30 am

imageSHROUD, SCIENCE AND FAITH: DIALOGUE OR CONFLICT?

The two ways of understanding the Shroud are of course often met and clashed, sometimes dividing both the insiders and the common people: Shroud object of faith and worship or object of scientific interest and study? It has grown so much animated discussions, perhaps as never before, favored both by modern means of communication and by the great worldwide interest aroused by the last expositions. But are the two ways of relating to the image really in contrast? The thoughts of many scholars have shown that they can very well coexist as long as their different levels of competence are respected and it is avoided to mix them at all costs forcing conclusions without respecting its peculiarities.

And history?  And art?  Consider the recent and ongoing discussions about the Pray Manuscript.

Click on the title to read the full abstract. Click here for the conference home page.

Another Shroud of Turin Video

Hat tip to Joe Marino, who is better than me at finding videos.

Having been just uploaded within the past week, this is part of a YouTube channel call Mad  World Series. This particular video is called Biblical history proven – part 2 – Shroud of Turin.  The video runs for about 52 minutes.  Nice editing but a lot of outdated and highly disputable material like blaming the the carbon dating on a bio-plastic coating, like skeletal features, etc.

The uploader writes in the About page for the video.

With this new series, i am trying to show you:

  • That there is evidence that could support, that the Bible is telling us the truth.
  • Seeing is believing for some people, so to help you people out, i will share some videos i have collected over the years, that helped me.

HOPE IT WILL DO THE SAME FOR YOU THERE IS HOPE – JOHN 3:16

FAIR USE NOTICE: This video may contain copyrighted material. Such material is made available for educational purposes only. This constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in Title 17 U.S.C. section 107 of the US Copyright Law.

Okay, but what truth is that?

Collaborative Research: A Way Forward when it comes to the Manoppello?

clip_image001Randy Frost, sacristan of St. Ignatius’ Church and director of the Daniel Dajani, S.J., Albanian Catholic Institute on the University of San Francisco campus writes on his blog, A Way Forward for Collaborative Research on the Shroud of Turin and the Holy Face of Manoppello

Ever since  Sr. Blandina Paschalis Schlömer began to make the first systematic comparisons of photographs of the Holy Face of Manoppello and the Shroud of Turin in her convent in Germany there has quite often been opposition and disdain on the part of scholars of the Shroud for this endeavor. Actually this is not surprising given the mind-boggling claims that the Holy Face is actually not only the Veil of Veronica but the burial face-cloth of Jesus!  How could we have missed this all these centuries?

Nevertheless following in the footsteps of Sr. Blandina there have always been more than a few Shroud scholars who have tried to see if and how these two images of Jesus might be related.

Recently several interesting articles comparing the two images using the ImageJ computer software for image processing and analysis have appeared on one of my favorite blogs:  The Shroud of Turin blog – latest news and views on the Shroud of Turin edited by Albert R. "Kim" Dreisbach.

The author of the two articles is Oskar K. from Poland who presents what I think is a compelling case for the Holy Face of Manoppello to be a part of the research on the Shroud of Turin and offers ImageJ software as one of the research tools.

Along with the fascinating overlays of the two images which are presented in his papers are a number of  hard hitting comments which the blog is known for.
http://shroudstory.com/2014/06/14/imagej-used-to-compare-the-shroud-of-turin-and-the-manoppello-image/#comments

Here are several of the author’s replies to comments on his article which I find important.

Read on

Note: Not edited by Albert R. "Kim" Dreisbach, but Dan Porter.

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