[ad#ad-1]If someone told you that the Vatican tries to hide the true authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, it wouldn’t make sense at first. Why would they want to hide a truth like that? Because a confirmation of the authenticity of the sacred relic could radically change Western beliefs and conceptions.
Thousands of books and articles have been written on the Shroud of Turin. Hundreds of experts have tried to prove its authenticity, toiling to decipher it as fact or medieval fakery. If it were proven fake, it would destroy the faith of millions of Christians.
Vatican and the conspiracy theory about the Shroud of Turin
Those who support the idea of a Vatican conspiracy, including the journalists Jonathan Vankin and John Whalen, are convinced that the recognition of the Shroud of Turin’s authenticity would create a storm in the Christian world. But why?
The design and the way that the man whose face remained on the shroud was buried are the same as those of a small Israel sect that proliferated between the centuries II BC and I AD – esséniens. Esséniens are also the author of the Gnostic manuscripts found at the Dead Sea, writings that largely remained unpublished after their discovery in the twentieth century. To admit that Christianity draws its origins from this sect would mean a denial of the principles promoted by Catholicism, that there was no Christianity before Jesus – a real heresy. Besides, if Jesus would have been part of the Gnostics, it means the Vatican persecuted and killed dozens of followers of an authentic Christian religion. The climax of the anti-Gnostic campaign, the Albigensian Crusade against the Cathar (1209 – 1229), resulted in legislating the Inquisition and nearly 20,000 casualties.
Did Henri de Poitiers and Pierre D’Arcis (the first bishops who demanded the Shround of Turin’s exposure forbidden) know these details? Did they and those that follow them try to impose a “monopoly” on Jesus’ image and history? We will probably never know the answers to these questions. The fact is that despite dozens of tests and historical evidence, the true origin of the Shroud of Turin will remain unknown for a long time.
In a press conference held on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 in Rome, Barbara Frale, a researcher of the Vatican Secret Archives, said that the Templar Knights secretly held and worshiped the Shroud of Turin for over 100 years. The announcement not only shed light on a century in which the Shroud of Turin vanished from the public’s attention, but also gives evidence about its age, which contradicts radiocarbon tests that indicate it a fake from the 14th century.
However, the researcher did not state if the relic was authentic or fake, still leaving enough room for doubts and questions.