Monday, May 03, 2010

When all else fails, haul out the relics

The New York Times reports:

TURIN, Italy — The Roman Catholic Church is weathering another sex scandal, but it is impossible to tell here, where the faint image of a bearded man on a yellowing linen sheet provides the moment, if brief, for pilgrims to declare and reaffirm their faith. For some, it does not matter if the Shroud of Turin is authentic. It is the shared spiritual experience that counts most.

The shroud was last out for a pubic airing ten years ago.

According to one pilgrim:

“You can counteract with gestures what’s happening in the church,” said Davide Donato, 23 . . .  .

No, Davide, really you can’t. The Catholic Church tried that; it didn’t work.

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