Skip to comments.ST Paul's tomb 'may be opened'
Posted on 06/27/2009 4:34:40 PM PDT by BGHater
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He’s not There
Just Ashes and Dust will meet them
And no good will be done
> The tomb also has a hole in the top through which which pieces of cloth could be pushed, touching the relic and becoming holy in their turn.
However, nobody actually knows what is inside the tomb, which may even be a cenotaph (empty tomb) erected in the name of the saint. <
They should just leave it alone. I think at the back of their minds, they would find a well-preserved body like what you read in the books due to the Holy Divinity.
St. Peter’s bones (or bones BELIEVED to be St. Peter’s) which were found under his basilica in Rome are just bone.
If they can push stuff through why won’t a camera work?
It shouldn’t be opened, but if it is, there should be independent (non-Catholic) observers there too.
If there’s a hole to push cloth through, then it’s big enough to put a scope through and they can see what’s inside before doing a thing.
Most dead people I have known are just dead
I suspect this will also be true here
The living however have the most odd concepts of
the dead, as if the dust has some magical meaning
Magical thinking has a high probability
of being in error
As does the behavior associated with it
My guess is that if they do open it, they will have a half dozen or so of the top archeologists in the world who specialize in these type things (more than likely there will be some Egyptian and Israeli experts and probably some from the British Museum and Smithsonian).
The LAST thing the Vatican will allow is for this to turn into some sort of circus and the Church is very aware that it is important to have "skeptics" present.
“And no good will be done”
But neither will there be any harm. It seems that many religions seem to favor symbolism over spirituality. The dust is...dust, but the man’s works.....
what the hell is that picture of? Al Capones secret outhouse?
“OK dudes, bring that scope inside...what do you see?
“Just some rags and bones”.
“Really? Let’s call it a day.”
The basilica is called “outside the walls” because it was outside the ancient city of Rome, constructed between 271 and 275 AD by emperors Aurellius and Probus. The walls enclosed the seven hills, plus the fields of Mars: Paul was killed outside the walls to dishonor him.
Emperor Constantine constructed a church there, on the site of an earlier, 1st-century memorial. Some archeologists were skeptical of this; you can still see words like “allegedly” and “according to legend,” despite Benedictine assertions they found the insciption, “Paolo, Apostolo, Mart[yri]” when the basilica was rebuilt in the 1820s. In 2006, excavating beneath the basilica was found the sarcophagus.
This is the body of the St. Paul.
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