Exorcism, relics and miracles in modern Catholicism

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How the Vatican investigates miracles | New York Post

The Church has dealt with fake relics since the Middle Ages, when the “brain of Saint Peter,” which had been “venerated for centuries in the cathedral of Geneva was investigated and found to be a pumice stone,” and the “arm of Saint Anthony,” long “kissed by the faithful on festive occasions, turned out to be part of a stag.”

These days, rather than spend time and money exposing forgeries, the Church sometimes turns a blind eye to relics whose authenticity is in question. In 2011, Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster angered many Catholics when he stated, “If that connection is made through an object which maybe forensically won’t stand up to the test, that’s of secondary importance to the spiritual and emotive power that the object can contain.”


  5 comments for “Exorcism, relics and miracles in modern Catholicism

  1. One Eyed Jack
    September 9, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!” ~ The Wizard of Oz, 1939

    The true power of a miracle depends on not examining it too closely.

  2. Edward
    September 9, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    “the spiritual and emotive power that the object can contain” Which is entirely the spiritual and emotive power of confirmation bias, of course.

  3. Lagaya1
    September 9, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    Looking too closely for the truth is one of those ‘slippery slopes” in this case.

  4. Bonnie
    September 9, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    Perhaps the title should be, How the Vatican doesn’t investigate miracles.

    I’m sure some people think I’m a bad Catholic because I don’t believe in miracles, but so many people are gullible to the extreme. It gives Catholicism a bad name. 🙁

  5. Bill T.
    September 10, 2015 at 1:32 AM

    I have long considered this to be center to the maintenance of blind faith. The converse is what unconvinced me

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