The Turin Archbishop’s Message to his Diocese

He writes, regarding the preparation time for Easter 2013 (source

Dear priests, deacons, religious and lay people of Turin Diocese,

the Lent of this Year of Faith will see us engaged in several significant moments of celebration in the Cathedral to profess together the unity of the faith that makes us the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. As the Apostle Paul reminds us in Ephesians: «Try to keep, by the peace that binds you, that unity which comes from the Spirit: there is only one Body, only one Spirit, as only one hope, only one Lord, only one faith, only one baptism. There is only one God and Father of all, above all, that in all is present and acts » (4,3-6).

In the Pastoral Letter on Baptism ‘Devi nascere di nuovo’ (You must be born again), I remember that the profession of baptismal faith runs on a series of "no" and "yes" that affect the whole existence of the believer and that qualify their testimony.

So now we want to express our faith also publicly, professing it to live it with the most consistent love and hope. The Cathedral is the mother church where communion and unity of God’s people, around the Bishop, takes place in the most important moments of the liturgical year. It is therefore the place with the most symbolic and concrete unity of faith and charity which unites us and makes us the Church that walks along time and here in our territory.

In this solemn and important occasion we also want to venerate the Holy Shroud, « icon of the Holy Saturday », as Benedict XVI said, with acuity and depth, on his visit during the Exposition in 2010. Beneath the Cross (tells us the Gospel of Mark) the Roman centurion – pagan, therefore – seeing how Jesus had died, said: «Truly this was the Son of God » (Mc 15,39). It is therefore contemplating the Crucifix that we too can say the central act of our faith in Jesus buried, who died and rose again for the salvation of the world.

The Holy Shroud by showing us the tortured body of the Crucified and his suffering face, reminds us of the words of the Apostle John: « God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life » (Gv 3,16). Therefore the Shroud speaks to us not of defeat, but of victory; not of death, but of life; not of despair, but of hope; not of darkness, but of light emanating from the Holy Linen and sustains the faith of those who believe and live it in love.

Contemplating and praying before the Shroud, therefore we will address to the Lord our common prayer: Lord, increase our faith. Do not allow to be less in us the joy and enthusiasm to believe that You are here, in your Church, and operate wonderful things even amid the storms of a reality that seems more and more taking many people away from faith in You. Give us a heart open to the acceptance, courage in the search for who ignores you and wisdom to find ways for an effective new evangelization in our land.

To the Blessed Virgin Consulated, patroness of the diocese, we will rely our profession of faith and the will to make it a new life for us and for every person we meet in everyday of our lives.

So I shall expect you with joy and I hope that we can live together strong moments of prayer, communion and true fraternity.

Mgr. Cesare NOSIGLIA

bishop, father and friend

The Shroud in Early Modern Europe

imageThis book, Religion and the Senses in Early Modern Europe (Intersections) by Wietse De Boer and Christine Gottler (Oct 2012), looks like it might be fascinating as it explores, with regards to the Shroud of Turin, attitudes and beliefs about the shroud in the late middle ages. Two contiguous snippets from separate pages follow. The Emanuele Tesauro mentioned would be the historian and writer from Turin writing in the late 1600s.

Want the book tomorrow? Amazon has only sixteen copies left in stock. There is no Kindle version so you will need to settle for the hardcover, which sells for a mere $194.49.



STERA also breaks the news of the TV only shroud exhibition

Here is how Barrie reports it at

imageIt was announced this morning that Pope Benedict XVI, as one of his last acts as Pontiff, has authorized a television only exhibition of the Shroud of Turin on March 30, 2013 (Holy Saturday) directly from the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist where the cloth is permanently stored. Here is an excerpt from an e-mail I received this morning from my friend Bruno Barberis, President of the International Center for the Study of the Shroud (Centro Internazionale di Sindonologia) in Turin with the details:

I would like to give you in advance an important piece of news. On March 30th (Holy Saturday) in the late afternoon (Italian time) in the Turin Cathedral there will be a TV exposition of the Holy Shroud. The exposition will be broadcast by the RAI Uno television network. This event, connected with the "Year of Faith," will happen 40 years after the first and unique TV exposition of the Shroud on November 23rd, 1973. The Shroud will remain in its room in the Cathedral and the length of the exposition will be around one hour. On March 1st in Turin at 11.00am a press conference will be held regarding this special exposition.

It is likely that footage from this exposition will be picked up and shown by other television broadcast networks around the world and on the internet. I will do my best to keep you updated as more details become available. In the interim, you can also check our Facebook page, where I can quickly post any news that may come in while I am traveling and lecturing.

For more information on the unprecedented occasion of this first "technological" exhibition of the Shroud, check out the news page (in English) of the Collegamento pro Sindone website by Emanuela Marinelli. The page includes more details on Pope Benedict’s decision to display the Shroud and a message from Msgr. Cesare Nosiglia, the current Archbishop of Turin. As always, our deepest thanks to Emanuela for making this information available so quickly. Grazie!

One Day Special Live TV Exhibition of the Shroud in Turin Cathedral

clip_image001Word is that a special one day exhibition of the Shroud of Turin will take place Holy Saturday, March 30, 2013. It will take place in St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Turin for TV monitor viewing only. Moreover, there is speculation that the live pictures will be streamed worldwide. There is some speculation, as well, that this exhibition will be linked to a recognition of the shroud as an authentic relic of Christ.

Here is some Bing translation of an article from Vatican Insider:

[On] Friday, March 1 at 11, at the Metropolitan Seminary (via XX Settembre, 83-Turin), during a press conference the Archbishop of Turin monsignor Cesare Nosiglia, papal Custodian of the shroud, will present the Television Exposition which will be held on March 30, the eve of Easter.

After the exposition of 2010 which saw pass in front of the Curtain, in the Cathedral of Turin, 2 million pilgrims from around the world and 40 years since the first television Exposition which was broadcast live on 23 November 1973 by Swiss Salon of Palazzo Reale, where the canvas was exhibited vertically (and horizontally as is customary)Once the shroud through Rai 1 cameras can be viewed throughout the world: the transmission of RaiUno is in fact also offer worldwide.

The exposition will take place on the eve of Passover by recalling the meaning that Benedict XVI gave to the Canvas in his visit in Turin on 2 May 2010 when called it "icon of Holy Saturday. The initiative of the exposition is television within the year of faith by Benedict XVI.

Expect a Shroud of Turin Conference in St. Louis in 2014

clip_image001It now seems fairly certain that there will be a Shroud of Turin conference in St Louis, Missouri, the fall of 2014. The likely venue will be the Drury Inn in Chesterfield, just west of the city. 

I fully expect that this conference will be open to the public with an admission fee, as has been the case for recent past conferences. I also imagine there will be a call for scientific and historical papers at some later date.

Give the matter some thought. Make suggestions and ask questions here.

The Exhibit in Schuylkill County

is getting a lot of media attention:

Shroud of Turin replica touches many people spiritually
Standard Speaker-Feb 26, 2013 : Jacqueline Dormer/Staff Photographer Williams Jones, of Shenandoah, shows some of the points of interest in the Shroud of Turin replica on


Shroud of Turin Exhibit
WNEP-TV-Feb 24, 2013 : SHENANDOAH — In Schuylkill County, dozens of people came out to visit “The Shroud of Turin” an exhibit at St. Michael’s Church in


Shroud of Turin replica on view
Standard Speaker-Feb 24, 2013 : to Shenandoah on Saturday in a truck carrying very special cargo – the Shroud of Turin replica. The replica was transported from St. Michael

Barrie Schwortz to be in Seven Churches of Western Washington State

clip_image001If you are going to be in the area, this is a wonderful opportunity to hear Barrie.  His talks, based on scientific and historical facts, are inspirational and informative. According to The Progress, the newsletter of the Archdiocese of Seattle:

It seems improbable — a Jewish man traveling far and wide to tell Christians why he believes the Shroud of Turin is the true burial cloth of Jesus Christ.

But that’s just what Barrie Schwortz has found himself doing, nearly 35 years after he traveled to Italy as a documenting photographer for the Shroud of Turin Research Project, a group of scientists who studied the shroud in 1978.

"We went there to answer one question: How is the image formed?" Schwortz said from his home in Colorado. "We didn’t go there to prove it was Jesus or prove it was the Resurrection. Our goal was to simply go and figure out how the image was formed."

Although the team couldn’t answer that question, 18 years later the team’s work convinced Schwortz of the shroud’s authenticity. Since then, it has been his mission to disseminate fact-based information and images on his website,, and through presentations and lectures — including a short course this April at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome.

And here is the schedule:

Barrie Schwortz will speak about the Shroud of Turin in seven Western Washington communities March 2–7. Most presentations are sponsored by local Knights of Columbus councils; admission is free, but donations to help cover expenses may be requested at some locations.

Saturday, March 2
Monroe – 7 p.m., St. Mary of the Valley Church, 601 W. Columbia St.

Sunday, March 3
Bremerton – 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Cammerman Hall, 500 Veneta Ave.
Vancouver – 7 p.m., St. John the Evangelist Church, 8701 N.E. 119th St.

Monday, March 4
Vancouver – 9 a.m., St. Joseph Church, 400 S. Andresen Road.
Everett – 7 p.m., St. Mary Magdalen Church, 8517 Seventh Ave. S.E.

Tuesday, March 5
Seattle – 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus Council 676 Hall, 722 E. Union St.
Call 206-325-3410 to reserve a seat.

Wednesday, March 6
Bellingham – 7 p.m., Church of the Assumption, 2116 Cornwall Ave.

Thursday, March 7
Lynden – 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Rotary Building, 1775 Front St.

More on that movie: Oh, and also, the Shroud of Turin has been stolen from the Vatican

You can’t ignore Variety if you are talking about a movie. I think I’ll wait for the download from Netflix and a rainy night when nothing else is on TV to watch The Power of Few.


clip_image001[5]Directed, written by Leone Marucci.

With: Christopher Walken, Christian Slater, Anthony Anderson, Jesse Bradford, Moon Bloodgood, Nicky Whelan, Q’Orianka Kilcher, Navid Negahban, Devon Gearhart, Jordan Prentice, Derek Richardson, Juvenile, Tione Johnson.

The novelty of "The Power of Few" is that it was created through an interactive process, with an online community pitching in on casting, editing and other aspects. . . .

Did you know? I didn’t.

. , . This might seem an open invitation to the "too many cooks" school of artistic failure, and indeed, the results amount to an arbitrary whatsit — part "Crash"-type multiple-viewpoint melodrama, part exquisite-corpse lark, and all over-the-top. As a curio, it may find supporters down the line, but as an immediate commercial prospect, Leone Marucci’s debut feature (which has been opening in U.S. markets since Feb. 15) looks to quickly exit theaters for download.

Chaptered segments track various character paths that will come together violently at a New Orleans intersection — or won’t, thanks to the intervention of a little girl named Few (Tione Johnson). There’s a teen (Devon Gearhart) who takes drastic measures to get his neglected baby brother the medicine he needs; a thrill-seeking scooter delivery girl (Q’orianka Kilcher) who whisks away a hapless dude (Jesse Bradford) as he’s about to get whacked by gangbangers (Anthony Anderson and Juvenile); two secret-agent types (Christian Slater, Nicki Whelan) on the trail of a possible terrorist; and, for comic relief, a couple of rascally homeless guys played by Christopher Walken and Jordan Prentice.

Oh, and also: The Shroud of Turin has been stolen from the Vatican, which is announced via a Larry King cameo. There may be an international conspiracy afoot to clone Jesus. This stuff is meant seriously, insofar as one can tell — though that’s often hard to discern in a movie that reels from sentimental moralizing to cheap genre thrills, in-da-‘hood cliches and attempted absurdist riffs, all done with energetic abandon but scant intelligence. . . .

That is not what one would expect to see if the blood-first dogma were true.

imageBack on August 1, last year, Colin Berry wrote the following in his blog:

As I’ve said before, the view, nay dogma,  that the bloodstains were imprinted before the body image arrived rests on  somewhat token and insubstantial evidence based on a single spot test with proteolytic enzyme on a microscope slide. I have to say that I am not in the least bit surprised that a STURP finding that provides a pro-authenticity answer should be instantly and uncritically accepted without anyone ever suggesting that independent confirmation is desirable by other workers using other methods. For my part I have used Shroud Scope to look closely at areas where there are both blood and body images. Not only do I see superimposition, but am fairly confident that where there is superimposition in patches where blood image has flaked away

A couple of days later a reader wrote to me saying:

A couple of days ago Dr. Collin Berry made a rather significant comment and you ignored it completely. Instead you mocked his ideas about the blood stains being touched up over the years by well meaning monks. This does not make for dialog that arrives at the truth, which you say you want.

imageThe criticism is justified. However, some of what Colin has to say gets lost in his extreme polemics and over-the-top speculations. Anyways, that’s my excuse.

At the time, or so I thought, we addressed the issue in a posting, Did the bloodstains really precede image formation on the Shroud of Turin?, with all of its comments and the reference to Adler’s paper. Kelly Kearse challenged the accuracy of Colin’s characterization of Adler’s analysis as being “somewhat token and insubstantial evidence based on a single spot test.”

You may recall, at the time, that I used the cartoon of the baying dog. The cartoon was right given that I had ignored Colin on this. Colin is still right in persisting because he is really looking and questioning. He writes today of the following contrast-enhanced picture from Shroud Scope:

imageIt’s a blood stain on the hair, with a nice contrast between blood (plum colour) and hair (greyish-brown). What seems clear is that blood has flaked off in places, shown by instances of hang-up in the interstices and crevices of the weave. Now look closely in those areas that are largely denuded of their blood, and one will see continuity of hair image across those regions. That is not what one would expect to see if the blood- first dogma were true. If an acquired blood stain on otherwise pristine linen subsequently acts as a barrier, preventing image being imprinted onto the linen carbohydrates, then when that blood flakes off, maybe centuries later, one should NOT see hair or other body image. But one does!

This does warrant our attention. (I would love to see the unenhanced side-by-side with the enhanced version of the image and information about exactly how the enhancement was done.)’

Is dogma the right word? Have we settled too much on merely citing papers rather than finding ways to seriously question ourselves over and over? Wait a minute! Has blood flaked off or are we jumping to conclusions? If Colin is right in that assumption then I must wonder if I am seeing what I think he is seeing?

Stephen Jones summarizes the Burn Marks and Water Stains

clip_image001Stephen Jones continues his series with a new posting today, The Shroud of Turin: The Shroud of Jesus?: 2.6. The other marks (1):

By "other marks" is meant those significant marks on the Shroud of Turin which are not wounds (see "2.4. The wounds") or bloodstains (see "2.5. The Bloodstains"). They are considered below in the order of most to least obvious (not the most to least important).

It is a short but interesting summary of the burn marks and water stains. He has provided a illustration (larger on his blog) to help us identify them.

As always, Stephen provides a useful set of notes with his postings.

The Mystery Artist of the Shroud of Turin Face

“Who is the painter?” John Klotz wondered upon looking at Impression for a Sunday? The artist is actually a software program called Dynamic Auto Painter developed by Román Cortēs and Roman Voska. You begin with any photograph of a person, an animal, a still life or a landscape. I chose a rather commonplace image of the shroud face from Shroud Scope. You then select a style along with materials such as oils, chalk, watercolor and so forth. I chose oil painting with a Van Gogh brush style and a brownish palette. The software does the rest by interpreting visual elements of the image it was fed and then recreating the image in the desired style. Pour a cup of coffee and sit back and watch. It is fascinating to watch. Yesterday’s picture took about ten minutes. This pencil sketch below – which is truly amazing if you view it from different angles on a laptop or LCD monitor – took about five minutes.


The Art of the Impossible?

clip_image001A reader from Lansing writes:

From a history of art perspective, it is ludicrous to think that the image on the Turin Shroud is manmade. There is nothing like it in late Greco-Roman, Syrian, Latin-Christian or Byzantine art. There is nothing like it in Barbarian or Euro-pagan art. There is nothing like it in Asiatic, North African or Iberian Peninsula Islamic art. There is nothing like it in Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque or Gothic art. Four criteria apply here. They are style, technology, knowledge of human anatomy and material. To suggest that the Turin Shroud is a non-evolutionary unique exception without precedent or imitation  to any one of these criteria is hard to believe. Considering all four makes it impossible. 

Cluny Medal versus Lirey Badge

Maybe Colin is right. Maybe I should be calling it the Lirey Badge to avoid confusion. Colin writes:

Yes, with a few seemingly mild admonitions that cleverly distort the truth   Porter, with a few toxic words  can summon up his pro-authenticity anti-sceptic troops. The  latter  finish off what Porter begins, like yesterday when my thinking on the Lirey Badge, or what Porter still unhelpfully insists on calling the  “Cluny Medal”

I checked in with Google and found that page counts using . . .

  • Cluny Medal is 490
  • Lirey Badge is 1040

It is clearer to ccall it the Lirey Badge. Details of the complaint are at Shroudie-Alert: Day 6 and Shroudie-alert: Day 5 Time to go for broke.

Impression for a Sunday


Produced with Dynamic Auto Painter

More on The Power of Few Movie

From a Jesse Bradford Interview on The Power of Few Movie in ELLE:

imageFilmed in post-Katrina New Orleans, The Power of Few is an intriguing, thought-provoking indie about how one’s choices dramatically impact other people. Multiple story lines intersect around news of the theft of the Shroud of Turin, the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, which undercover agent Christian Slater is in hot pursuit of. Christopher Walken [pictured in the movie and as you might recognize him], a now-homeless former news anchor, reveals clip_image001[8]that the shroud’s theft is an attempt to clone Jesus by gathering DNA from the shroud. Bradford plays Dom, a man targeted by gang members for testifying in court. The plot entails a domino-like chain of events which otherwise would have resulted in multiple murders.

And by clicking on the larger image below (or  you can visit the movie’s website, view a theatrical trailer and find out where the movie is opening. It looks like March 15 or so is the planned date for a nationwide rollout – if all goes well in the limited rollout. If it doesn’t, there is always DVD.


To hide away and suppress the Cluny Medal

imageI wrote about Colin’s New Blogging Style but don’t bother to read what I wrote. It’s now boring. Just go to his blog, and starting at Shroudie-Alert: Day 4 (you may need to scroll down to Day 4) read downward until you get all the way to the bottom of “Shroudie-Alert: Day1. Chief topic: the Lirey Pilgrim’s Badge and that enigmatic chain…”

Has Colin just taken “I think I see” to a new level of what was for Rogers blatant pseudoscience? Colin certainly knows (and he could be more forthright in saying so) the waist chain he sees on the Cluny Medal is highly speculative. His imbedded drawing of Jacques de Molay in such a chain is simply I-don’t-know-what. Nickell-ish? Pseudohistory? And, of course, Colin has found a similar chain on the shroud. No, no. I’m not going to summarize. Go read his blog.

Later (higher up in the text) he goes into conspiracy theory mode when it comes to the Cluny Medal and shroud authenticity in general:

imageThere is something profoundly wrong here. The Shroud of Turin is reputed to be the most studied artefact in history, but there seems to be an attempt (organized? systematic?) to hide away or suppress the first known souvenir/representation of the Shroud in European history – mid 14th century, coinciding with its very first public viewing. If nothing else, the Lirey pilgrim’s badge shows how the Shroud might have looked before the disfiguring 1532 fire, the latter sadly obliterating much detail. Maybe that’s the problem for some who are determined to push Shroud authenticity … who carefully choose which science, which history to proselytise, and which to sweep under the carpet.

Anyways, via Colin’s blog, thanks to Hugh Farey, we are all reminded of Mario Latendresse’s great “A Souvenir from Lirey page. But don’t tell anyone about it so we can continue “to hide away or suppress the first known souvenir/representation . . .”

Quote of the Week on the great fire of 1532

clip_image001My iPhone buzzed while I was pouring my first cup of coffee: a comment on the blog. This one made me miss the cup and pour the coffee on the floor. Hugh Farey, shroud scholar of many years and long running member of BSTS just wrote:

In view of Yannick’s emphasis of the uniformity of the shroud, I wonder if he has anything to say about the great fire of 1532, when the shroud, folded into 32 layers, was subjected to the temperature of molten silver in its reliquary. Is it not remarkable that the outside layers suffered no more discolouration from the heat than the inside layers?

David Rolfe we need you

imageA reader writes:

Does it trouble anyone that figure 12 in Gazay’s paper has “been processed to underscore” the E mark. That’s like saying I processed my lover’s initials in a tree. At the very least, Gazay should show us the picture before he drew on it so we could judge for ourselves.

This sculpture is potentially an important historical indicator. David Rolfe we  need you. We need close up, HD, technically perfect photographs as only you can do. And Barrie Schwortz, of course.

Link to Gazay’s paper:

New Movie with a dose of religious conspiracy surrounding the Shroud of Turin

As reported by AP (in Salon), a new movie,  ‘The Power of Few’ makes limited-release debut.

clip_image001NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Comedian and actor Anthony Anderson [pictured] sheds his funnyman persona to play a tattoo-faced, gun-wielding thug in “The Power of Few,” an independent action-drama making its limited-release debut Friday.

Anderson, star of the NBC sitcom “Guys With Kids,” told The Associated Press the main reason he took the part was its departure from the comedic roles for which he’s known. But there was another draw: It meant a return to New Orleans, where Anderson lived for a short while after Hurricane Katrina when working on the Fox detective drama “K-Ville,” a post-Katrina series set in New Orleans that aired in 2007 and 2008.

[ . . . ]

The film is part mystery, with a dose of religious conspiracy surrounding the Shroud of Turin — a centuries-old linen cloth that bears the image of a crucified man that millions believe to be Jesus of Nazareth.

A few years ago: the Shroud of what?

Press Release . . . and finally explained the process that created the image on the cloth


Press release dated February 22, 2013 for a new book on the Shroud of Turin. This release says surprising little about the book, but you can read the Preface and Introduction at by clicking on the “Look Inside” icon.

Here is the release:

The Truth Behind Shroud of Turin: Follow the Light Published by Outskirts Press

Outskirts Press announces the latest highly anticipated religion and science book from Lake City, FL, author T. C. Newman.

Lake City, FL, February 22, 2013 –(– Outskirts Press, Inc. has published Follow the Light: The Shroud’s Revelations by T. C. Newman. The author’s most recent book to date is a 6 x 9 paperback in the religion and science category and is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Follow the Light is also available in a 6 x 9 casebound edition. The webpage at was launched simultaneously with the book’s publication.

What began as a home-science project between a mother and her eight-year-old child led to an innovative photographic method that exposes the truth behind the creation of the image of the Shroud of Turin — the most misunderstood artifact known to mankind and one of the most rigorously investigated. This innocent science project led to life-changing realizations as the author, an artist, began to unravel the mysteries of the Shroud, and a new method slowly emerged — one that both recreated the image in three dimensions and finally explained the process that created the image on the cloth. It also explained the timeline between Jesus’ death and the creation of the image, why there are three ratios of size, and why the bloodstains are in the wrong position — and it provided many more answers to questions that have plagued scientists for centuries. Sometimes the simplest of explanations are closest to the truth. It’s time to rethink the nature of the Shroud of Turin and simply “follow the light.”

115 pages in length, Follow the Light: The Shroud’s Revelations is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the religion and science category. With U.S. wholesale distribution through Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and pervasive online availability through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere, Follow the Light meets consumer demand through both retail and library markets with a suggested retail price of $14.95 and $24.95 for the paperback and casebound editions, respectively.

Additionally, Follow the Light can be ordered by retailers or wholesalers for the maximum trade discount price set by the author in quantities of ten or more from the Outskirts Press Direct bookstore at

ISBN: 9781432797263 Format: 6 x 9 paperback white SRP: $14.95
ISBN: 9781432797270 Format: 6 x 9 casebound SRP: $24.95

For more information or to contact the author, visit

About the author:

As a self-taught artist, T. C. Newman splits her passions between art and family. Her mother was an artist and her father a physicist, so she developed a strong knowledge of art as well as all things mysterious.

About Outskirts Press, Inc.

Outskirts Press, Inc. offers full-service, custom self-publishing and book marketing services for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining all their rights and full creative control. Available for authors globally at and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press represents the future of book publishing, today.

There is also a Kindle version for $9.99.

Atchity isn’t exactly a fan of Benedict XVI or the Shroud of Turin

clip_image001Ken Atchity (rhymes with crotchety) in the Religion section of the Huffington Post:

My thought is that Benedict XVI resigned because he could no longer pretend he believes in the historicity of the founding myth, knowing as a scholar that it had never and could never be proved — especially by the anti-intellectual fundamentalists bent on returning the world’s remaining faithful to the Dark Ages where priests would never marry, women would never be priests, every act of sex must result in Sunday-generous children, and Jesus’ face is actually imprinted on the shroud of Turin as certainly as Boccaccio’s Friar Onion sold feathers from the Archangel Gabriel and breast milk from the Virgin Mary.

And there is more at Ken Atchity: Good News From the Vatican. From HuffPo:

Dr. Atchity’s first novel, "The Messiah Matrix," explores the labyrinthine politics of the Vatican, the doctrinal rivalries within the ancient church, and the enforced mysteries masking the true origins of Christianity

Lentulus vs. the Shroud of Turin

The Curt Jester blog, written as he tells it, “by Jeff Miller a former atheist who after spending forty years in the wilderness finds himself with both astonishment and joy a member of the Catholic Church,” points us to another blog, Aliens in This World, “which often has interesting historical tidbits regarding the Church.”:

clip_image001From a thing that showed up in the very late Middle Ages, called the “Letter of Lentulus,” which was presented as being a report from a Roman official (with a known historical name) to Tiberius, about the appearance and habits of Jesus. The letter was taken as eyewitness testimony by many, and the letter in some versions described Jesus’ hair and beard as “fair” and his face as “the color of wheat.” (Although other versions described His hair and beard as “the color of a ripe hazelnut”, ie, those things on the Nutella jar that are light brown and not at all fair. They also described His complexion as “reddish,” which had the symbolic meaning of someone optimistic, energetic — and honest enough to be able to blush.) So it wasn’t racism, so much as popular scholarship and Biblical fanfic (aka “pseudoepigrapha”), that led to blonde Jesuses.

The appearance of blonde or white-haired Jesuses in previous Christian art had always represented the Jesus of the Book of Revelation, Apocalyptic Jesus, Whose hair represents Him as ancient and eternal, or transfigured in light, and Who is dressed for His office as the eternal High Priest. Also, scary and impressive. Either way, His Divinity becoming as visible as His Humanity, rather than how He looked in His life normally on earth.

Most Western art follows the tradition of a bearded, dark Jesus because that’s how the Mandylion of Edessa looked. Ditto the Shroud of Turin and the byssus veil thing. Pictures and relics should generally outweigh literary descriptions; but the Lentulus letter was popular in Germany, a fur piece over the mountains from the Shroud and the byssus veil.

Jeff then wraps it up

Now I know who to blame. I really dislike blonde Jesus’ that seem to be so prevalent. Give me a Jewish looking Jesus any day. Now I don’t mind inculturation where religious images are adapted. If Mary can appear as Our Lady of Guadalupe, who am I to complain. So maybe blonde Jesus’ would not annoy me as much if I was to visit Scandinavia.

Great blog. Have a look at Where the Blonde Jesus Thing Came From » The Curt Jester

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