On July 17, 2018, Vatican News, the Holy See’s information agency, criticized a study that claims to cast doubt on the authenticity of the Holy Shroud.
According to some English researchers at the University of Liverpool, bloody wounds could not have produced certain blood stains that can be seen on the shroud.
“False,” answered Emanuela Marinelli, an expert of the Holy Shroud interrogated by Vatican Radio. The world-renowned specialist on the Shroud of Turin accused the study of lacking “scientific rigor”; it was conducted using a simple mannequin covered with a cloth on which some drops of blood were dripped from a sponge and their trajectory then studied…
An approximate and superficial method that, in her opinion, is nowhere near as serious as “past studies involving cadavers of men who died of hemopericardium.”
The Italian expert also explained that the ease with which this patchy study’s claims were spread is due to the many groups that want people to believe that the shroud is a false historical artefact.
She did not hesitate to point an accusing finger at the secret funding of these pseudo-scientific studies by ideological groups. And she explicitly mentioned a letter written by Cardinal Anastasio Ballestrero, archbishop of Turin, at the time of the Radiocarbon dating episode, denouncing the involvement of Freemasonry in the hopes of making the Shroud of Turin out to be a fake from the Middle Ages. The real target of these worldwide smear campaigns is the reality of Christ’s resurrection, and their intention is to lead men to doubt the Catholic Faith but also to keep unbelievers and atheists from converting.
It is no surprise that the enemies of Catholicism attack the Holy Shroud and “seek to prove it is false at all costs.” Many studies in our times have confirmed the ancient and Palestinian origin of the relic. While it has survived the centuries, it has also been repaired with more recent European fabrics. The samples taken from these parts are regularly used as a pretext by the media smear campaigns.