Is the Pope a Dope? Nope? Then, what?

Recently, CNN ran a video provided by Vatican TV of Pope Benedict XVI (a.k.a. Joseph Alois Ratzinger) kneeling before the Shroud of Turin in an act described as ‘veneration.’

Really?  Venerating the Shroud of Turin? Why?  Oh, of course!  The shroud is “believed to be Jesus’ burial cloth” according to CNN.  Really?

For an organization that employs Nobel Prize-winning scientists and trains scientists at its very own Pontifical Academy, you would think that at least one of these scientisis would have mentioned to His Holiness Uncle Joe that back in 1989 a study was published in Nature – one of the most prestigious scientific journals in existence – pinpointing the age of the Shroud of Turin.  The research was conducted by three different laboratories using three different methods of age determination.  What were the peer-reviewed findings as published in Nature? Let me allow the paper to speak for itself:

“The results of radiocarbon measurements at Arizona, Oxford and Zurich yield a calibrated calendar age range with at least 95% confidence for the linen of the Shroud of Turin of AD 1260 – 1390 (rounded down/up to nearest 10 yr).  These results therefore provide conclusive evidence that the linen of the Shroud of Turin is mediaeval.

The results of radiocarbon measurements from the three laboratories on four textile samples, a total of twelve data sets, show that none of the measurements differs from its appropriate mean value by more than two standard deviations.  The results for the three control samples agree well with previous radiocarbon measurements and/or historical dates.”

Pope Benedict XVI, get up off your knees and turn to the congregation of the world and tell them that you are a liar!  You are deliberately attempting to befuddle the credulous by lying to them by omission!  By withholding the material fact that the Shroud of Turin CANNOT POSSIBLY be the burial cloth of Jesus, but kneeling before it in fake reverence as though it were, you are lying to the world and using the most pathetic sort of puffery to enhance the image of your so-called church for reasons that are blatantly transparent to the thoughtful and mercilessly opaque to the ‘faithful’ masses around the world who will NEVER have the opportunity to attend the Pontifical Academy or to have a Nobel Prize sitting on their mantle.

(And, don’t get me started on all the child rape and torture…)

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