Friday, October 18, 2013

"No one has asked Pope Francis what he makes of this alleged miracle."

Alicia Colon, "What the Secular Media Doesn't Know about Pope Francis" (American Thinker, September 22, 2013):
"On August 18, 1996 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at Holy mass, a woman discovered a discarded host on a candleholder and brought it to Fr. Alejandro Pezet who placed it in a container of water inside the tabernacle of the chapel of the Blessed Sacrament. The following Monday, August 26, upon opening the tabernacle, the priest was astonished to find that the Host had become a bloody substance and he notified his Bishop Jorge Bergoglio (now Pope Francis I), who gave instructions that the bloodied flesh be photographed. When the photographs were taken on September 6, the bloodied flesh had grown significantly in size. After it had been kept in the tabernacle for a few years the Bishop decided to have it scientifically analyzed since it had not suffered any visible decomposition.

"... In 1999, in the presence of then Cardinal Bergoglio, Dr. Ricardo Castanon, an atheist at the time, sent the fragment to New York for analysis, but did not inform the team of scientists its origin so as not to prejudice the study. One scientist, Dr. Frederic Zugibe, a cardiologist and forensic pathologist, determined that the substance was real flesh and contained human DNA, and furthermore he concluded was a piece of heart muscle.

"DNA tests on the sample showed it to be that of a male, AB positive blood type. What is extraordinary about this fact is that the DNA is the exact same match as another Eucharist 'miracle' that took place in the 8th century in Lanciano, Italy confirming that both samples came from the same person. ...

"In all the interviews since his ascension to the Papal chair, no one has asked Pope Francis what he makes of this alleged miracle."

I don't know that any profound conclusions about Pope Francis can be drawn from this reporting of an alleged miracle, but any possible forthcoming answer to the question implicit in Colon's last sentence may hold some promise.

[Hat ti to J. Kortes, Sr.]