Shroud of Turin expert criticises new study casting doubt on authenticity
A leading expert on the cloth believed to be the burial shroud of Jesus dismissed a new study claiming that blood patterns on the shroud are not consistent with those left by a crucified person.
In an interview with Vatican News on 17th July, Emanuela Marinelli, an expert on the Shroud of Turin, said “there was nothing scientific” about the experiments conducted by Matteo Borrini, an Italian forensic scientist, and Luigi Garlaschelli, an Italian chemist.
“Does it seem like a scientific criterion to take a mannequin – like the ones used to display clothes in a store window – and a sponge soaked in fake blood attached to a piece wood that is pressed on the right side of a dummy to see where the streams of blood fall?” Marinelli asked.
“If this is considered science, I guess I’ll just have to take my degree in natural sciences and throw it away,” she said.
The study, which was conducted in 2014 and published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences on 10th July, claimed the blood patterns on the hands are “only consistent with a standing subject with arms at a 45 degree angle” while the blood stains emanating from the right side of the chest – believed to be from the lance that pierced Christ – “are totally unrealistic.”
Picture: A detail view of the Shroud of Turin is seen in 2015 during a preview for journalists at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Turin, Italy. A leading expert on the cloth, believed to be the burial shroud of Jesus, dismissed a new study claiming that blood patterns on the shroud are not consistent with those left by a crucified person. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).Tags: chemist, Emanuela Marinelli, forensic, Italian, Italy, Jesus, Luigi Garlaschelli, Matteo Borrini, scientist, Shroud, Shroud of Turin, Turin