In his 2015 scholarly article titled, “Science and the Shroud of Turin,” Fr. Robert Spitzer, founder and president of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith, wrote:
“The Shroud has undergone considerably more scientific testing than any other relic in human history. Among all of these things, the Shroud has come up smelling like a rose.”
Believed by many to be the burial cloth used to wrap the body of Jesus of Nazareth following his crucifixion, the 14-foot, 3-inch long by 3-foot, 7-inch-wide linen cloth bears blood-stained evidence of wounds sustained by a man in the same way as those suffered by Christ, Fr. Spitzer has said.
Fr. Spitzer, an educator, author and lecturer, who has given numerous presentations on the Shroud, will be one of two experts discussing the extensive research involving the relic and its relevance to Catholics at an event at Christ Cathedral titled “Light of the Sepulchre.”
The presentation takes place on Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Freed Theater.
“You have essentially a perfect three-dimensional negative image on a non-photographically sensitive linen cloth,” Fr. Spitzer said in 2021 interview for Parouisa Media. “This is a most remarkable thing, because it not only gives us a very good sense of Jesus’ crucifixion and the historical validation of it, but a very good sense of His resurrection and
even a historical validation of that. There is really a supernatural remnant of that resurrection embedded on this cloth. For all intents and purposes is that it really is a testimony to a miracle.”
There is evidence that shows that the image could have only been produced by a tremendous burst of light in the order of 6 to 8 billion watts of magnitude, he said.
“The blood was on the Shroud before the image was,” Fr. Spitzer said. “The blood is there without any kind of a sketch or image, and then image comes over, the same sequence that would have happened if that body had been authentically placed in a Shroud and then the light burst thereafter.”
Fr. Spitzer will discuss the existence of the Shroud as a statement of faith during the Light of the Sepulchre event, said Nora Creech, a Shroud historian, lecturer and volunteer at the Shroud Center of Southern California, the organizer for the event.
“We want Fr. Spitzer to talk about why the Shroud is important to us,” said Creech, who has been involved in Shroud related projects since 2018. “It is the first Saturday of Lent and so we want to address the science and history side, but we really want to talk about what this means for having a meaningful celebration of the Lenten season.”
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