Archive for October, 2010

Great: Shroud of Turin Examined in Public High School

October 28, 2010 Comments off

I’d love to be in Ms. Kraft’s Social Studies class at Plymouth High School in Canton, Michigan, today, Thursday, October 28.


  • Discuss article – pottery and painting
  • Pottery seriation – images


  • Pottery seriation – images
  • Pottery Sherd Lab


  • Pottery Sherd Lab


  • Shroud of Turin


  • Go over group quizzes
  • Dating examples
  • Active Reading – due Monday

Kraft’s Class: Anthropology Agenda: October 25-29

Categories: News & Views, Science

Fr. Frank Pavone on Reason

October 28, 2010 Comments off

image Father Frank Pavone is the national director of Priests for Life, the largest Catholic, pro-life organization in the country. Here he reacts to the upcoming Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert rally in Washington. 

Now when our religion tells us that we can know God’s revealed truth, that is not an invitation to shut down the mind or stop the thinking process. Precisely the opposite is the case. When God speaks, the mind goes to work. Revealed truth opens vistas to the mind that it could not reach before, and when we take revealed truth and think about it, compare it to what we know by reason, and compare one revealed truth to another, we are engaging in the discipline of theology.


On Faith Panelists Blog: We need more faith and more reason – Fr. Frank Pavone

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So Bart and Homer Simpson are Catholic – Did the Shroud of Turin beach towel have anything to do with it?

October 27, 2010 Comments off

How did we miss this on Oct 18. According to CNN: 

image Homer Simpson – perhaps the most profane character and worst father ever to headline a mainstream American television program – is Catholic, the Vatican’s official newspaper has declared.

"Few know it, and he does all he can to hide it. But it is true," Luca Possati writes in Sunday’s Osservatore Romano.

OK, Homer snores through the Rev. Lovejoy’s sermons.

Yes, he relentlessly humiliates his evangelical Christian neighbor Ned Flanders.

But the show is one of the few in American life that takes religion seriously, a Jesuit is arguing – from grace before meals to an (admittedly off-kilter) belief in the afterlife.

The article riffs on the 2005 episode "The Father, the Son and the Holy Guest Star," in which Homer and Bart flirt with the idea of converting to Catholicism (and Homer makes an outrageous confession).

Homer decides against it with "a cathartic D’oh!," Possati writes. But the Rev. Francesco Occhetta praises the episode – and the series –anyway, Possati writes.

Occhetta wrote about The Simpsons in the most recent edition of Italian Jesuit magazine Civilita Cattolica, Possati says.

Remember when Homer Simpson’s neighbor, Ned Flanders, had his Shroud of Turin beach towel stolen? I wonder if that episode, five years ago, had anything to do with this story.

Yes, CNN is reporting this: D’oh! Vatican declares Bart and Homer Simpson Catholic – CNN Belief Blog – Blogs

Lost at Sea of Confusion. This is a Shroud of Turin Book?

October 27, 2010 Comments off

image It is hard to imagine even reading this book, Lost at Sea, by Bernie Schwindt, after reading this blurb from the publisher’s website. Maybe the publisher isn’t being fair to Mr. Schwindt. “Bernie, can you send me something I can understand?”

Mocked, scourged, and spit on, He is nailed and raised up into the branches of a tree where one side demands He get down to prove He is the Messiah; while the other side, after 1988 years of decay from this crossover point, admits to these huge carbon-dating errors and ask to be remembered at the end of time.

And this: What does this mean?

LOST AT SEA is about the transformation of Jesus upon this shroud of mystery where 12% more radioactive C14 atoms are metered in this spectrum by the accelerator mass spectrometer than on the stump of the tree Christ is crucified upon: Hidden with chalk slammed across this chalkboard down in the basement of a museum —with exclamation ranging from 1260-1390! — carbon-dating reveals the Trinity bursting into light, as these souls saw the Trinity roar up into light in 1945 AD in the branches of this bush where theses commanding tongues of fire burn away in this wilderness.

And this from a sample page:

After He shed His blood around His doorway where His crucified image appears upon His burial cloth, all hell breaks loose around this controversial three-dimensional negative image where the “radioactive mass of C14 atoms” in this carbon spectrum (C12 + C13 + C14) is charged and accelerated through this magnetic field to strike this instrument head square in the face inside this accelerator mass spectrometer, where it bears witness to the face of Truth crucified: The radioactivity level metered around His image shoots sky-high with 11.6 % more radioactive C14 atoms metered in His spectrum than on the stump of the tree up on which He is crucified.

With 11.6 % more C14 atoms metered around His image than upon the stump of the tree Christ is crucified upon, this “radiocarbon date” shoots up – at the center of this storm – 1292 radiocarbon years into the future … far away from where this soul below denies —with exclamation, “I tell you I do not know this man!”

The accelerator mass spectrometer meters that this mysterious image was fabricated – not in ad 30, but some 1230 – 1360 carbon years into the future – far from the stump of the tree they cut down for Him to carry up to this Place of the Skull, where they challenge Him below to get down from the cross.

Bernie, if you can provide some substantive explanations, I’ll publish them. For now, I’m stuck scratching my head.

Lost at Sea by Bernie Schwindt (Author)

More on the Jesus Picture Inspired by the Shroud of Turin

October 27, 2010 Comments off

A reader writes:

image The picture you feature as a new popular picture of Jesus is a painting by an artist named Ariel Aggemian in 1935. He used both the Shroud of Turin and the St. Catherine Monastery icon “The Pantocrator,” circa A.D. 550. Strangly this treatment made to look more shroud-like seems more popular than the full painting.

Full painting below. Any more data? Bigger Size.



Categories: Art, News & Views

Tomorrow: Trial of the Shroud of Turin in Wichita

October 26, 2010 Comments off

If you are near Wichita, you should try to make it. From what I’ve heard from people in the know, this is an excellent presentation

The Campus Ministry office at Newman University will present “Trial of the Shroud of Turin” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27, in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center inside the Dugan Library on the campus of Newman University. The event is free and open to the public. The event will feature Larry Schauf presenting an examination of the evidence of whether the Shroud of Turin is the true burial cloth of Jesus or a medieval hoax.

Schauf, a board member of the Shroud of Turin Education and Research Association and a former federal prosecutor, will present the strongest evidence for both sides of the debate. At the conclusion of the presentation, the audience will serve as a jury and cast their votes based on what they have learned. A question and answer session will be held while the “ballots” are counted.

Trial of the Shroud of Turin at Newman University in Wichita « Shroud of Turin Blog

Fullerton Avenue Virgin Mary and the Shroud of Turin

October 25, 2010 Comments off

You really want to read the entire posting by Damn Swede. (Yes, of course, we are talking here about pareidolia):

imageFor those unfamiliar, the long story is here. For those who want the gist, a salt stain appeared under the Fullerton Avenue underpass in the shape of the Virgin Mary. This caused quite a stir, hundreds of people gathered 24 hours a day for weeks straight when it first appeared, and even now, five years later, the site is still maintained. Fresh and fake flowers, candles and the like are constantly replenished.

. . . As a Protestant, I was obsessed with PROOF. Substantative, real, evidence that proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that my beliefs were valid. This involved a lot of science and historical data and, armed with this information, I got into more than one arguement about the topic. It was stressful.

. . . One day I was listening to Dr. Clark Carleton’s podcast on Ancient Faith Radio. He was talking about the debate about whether or not the Shroud of Turin was, in fact, the image of Christ. He explained the history behind the controversey, which includes radiocarbon dating and passionate disagreements from both sides. In the end, he explained that the Orthodox view is – quite simply – that it doesn’t matter either way. Instead, we can see evidence of Christ in it and that’s enough.

Yes, I agree.

Let me tell you, it is very freeing to be relieved of the burden of proof. I heard Fr. Joseph Honeycutt speak yesterday and he said something that struck me. “It’s not that you have all the answers, once you convert to Orthodoxy,” he said, “It’s just that you have different questions.”

So, is the Virgin of Fullerton Avenue 100%-beyond-a-shadow-of-a-doubt really a sign from above?

Read the full posting Damn Swede » Reverence

Categories: News & Views, Pareidolia
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