imageA reader writes:

I have been reading more and more of your blog in the last few weeks and I now have it on my iGoogle home page so I won’t miss a thing!  Thank you so much for your work on this blog, as I consider it the foremost go-to source of information for the Shroud.  I have learned much more in a few weeks than I did in several years previously.  I also like the sense of community among the regular readers of the blog – even with some of the disagreements, the discussion is always lively and enlightening.

I mean I like them but why should you need to read them. I’ll take these, however. Then she continues:

Regarding the review of The Sign, by John Cornwell, I was disturbed to read the last sentence of his review and was wondering if you have seen/heard this sort of speculation before?  That’s a barbaric idea and I’m wondering if there’s any sort of widespread belief in it?  I do hope it’s a one off.  Obviously there are many counter arguments for that idea that come to mind immediately, but one wonders who else could be/is parroting this sort of statement and to what purpose.

Here are the last two sentences. Does anyone know if this is more than a one off? John Cornwell is well published. Has anyone read any of his books? From Amazon:

John Cornwell (born 1940) is an English journalist and author, and a Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge. He is best known for various books on the papacy, most notably Hitler’s Pope; investigative journalism; memoir; and the public understanding of science and philosophy. More recently he has been concerned with the relationship between science, ethics and the humanities. His most recent book, Newman’s Unquiet Grave: The Reluctant Saint, is a biography of Cardinal Newman.