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Vaticanís secret, and deadly, project to preserve its saints
New York Post ^ | 03/22/2014 | Theresa Potenza

Posted on 03/23/2014 7:49:27 PM PDT by Alex Murphy

The Catholic belief of “incorruptibility” holds that if a body does not decay after death, the person is holy. It takes two miracles to become a saint; the Church once allowed a perfect corpse to count as one.

Incorruptibility is no longer a miracle, however, perhaps because so many tried to help God along. Oil and herbs were inserted into the muscle cavities of some older popes, for instance.

When Pope Pius XII died in 1958, the Vatican used a wrapping technique similar to what was believed to have been applied to Jesus. It failed miserably. Only days after his death, his nose fell off, and a Swiss Guard fainted due to the stench while he was guarding the body.

[SNIP]

In 2000, Pope John Paul II had [Pope John XXIII] exhumed to be declared “blessed,” part of the progression to sainthood. The airtight coffin had left him virtually undisturbed, and the embalming team wanted to keep it that way.

After the pope’s internal organs were removed and analyzed, the body was placed in a stainless-steel tub for several weeks in a solution of formalin and alcohol, then neutralized for several weeks.

His body then undertook a series of baths in assorted solutions for months at a time, including various mixtures of ethanol, methanol, phenol, camphor, nitrobenzene, turpentine and benzoic acid.

Finally the body was bandaged in linen cloths saturated with a solution of mercury bichloride and ethanol. Then a second team ensconced him with wax on his face and hands. The entire process took about a year.

The Church decided not to rebury Pope John XXIII, instead putting him on display for pilgrims. More than 25,000 people visit St. Peter’s Basilica every day, and many faithful still believe the incorrupt state of his body is a miracle.

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TOPICS: Catholic; History; Ministry/Outreach; Worship
KEYWORDS: catholic; incorruptibility; moacb; relics
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The Catholic belief of “incorruptibility” holds that if a body does not decay after death, the person is holy. It takes two miracles to become a saint; the Church once allowed a perfect corpse to count as one. Incorruptibility is no longer a miracle, however, perhaps because so many tried to help God along. Oil and herbs were inserted into the muscle cavities of some older popes, for instance....

.... The Church decided not to rebury Pope John XXIII, instead putting him on display for pilgrims. More than 25,000 people visit St. Peter’s Basilica every day, and many faithful still believe the incorrupt state of his body is a miracle.

1 posted on 03/23/2014 7:49:27 PM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Gamecock
Pope Formosa

"It's a miracle!"

2 posted on 03/23/2014 7:52:47 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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I don’t understand...
I assume The 12 Apostles have long turned to dust.
I am not aware of evidence to the contrary.
Certainly, if any were Saints, these were

This seems like a varient of Necromancy
King Saul got in trouble for this...


3 posted on 03/23/2014 8:01:59 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: Alex Murphy

Sorry...but this is just weird. All of it.


4 posted on 03/23/2014 8:02:32 PM PDT by berdie
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i must say, using embalming fluid and vacuum-packing the corpse....seems a bit ....unfair...(like, cheating)... if you’re trying to proclaim a miracle from its preservation


5 posted on 03/23/2014 8:04:01 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: Alex Murphy
here's one more :

Miracle, indeed.

6 posted on 03/23/2014 8:04:20 PM PDT by DTA
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To: HangnJudge

The Bible is clear on this. “Saints” are simply believers in Christ, called by Him, chosen by Him and bought with His Blood, not works.


7 posted on 03/23/2014 8:04:52 PM PDT by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: faithhopecharity

I’d hate to get into a poker game with these miracle-seeking guys..


8 posted on 03/23/2014 8:05:13 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: Alex Murphy

This is about as elaborate as mummification in the days of ancient Egypt.


9 posted on 03/23/2014 8:07:49 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: HangnJudge
"I don’t understand... I assume The 12 Apostles have long turned to dust. I am not aware of evidence to the contrary. Certainly, if any were Saints, these were"

The Church does not claim that ALL those who lived saintly lives will be incorruptible. It only happens to a few, apparently at God's discretion.

"This seems like a varient of Necromancy King Saul got in trouble for this..."

Necromancy is when someone tries to contact the dead to gain information from them. That is what Saul did. A saint's body found to be be incorruptible is nothing like necromancy.

10 posted on 03/23/2014 8:08:33 PM PDT by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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To: Alex Murphy

A long time ago, when I was in high school (Spain) we went on field trip to a monastery. We were told ahead of the trip that we would see the body of the founder of the monastery who had died sometime in the Middle Ages, and that the body was “miraculously preserved”. I don’t remember many details, other than I was very excited at the idea of seeing a body preserved for over 1000 years... It was a big disappointment, it looked just like the Egyptian mummies when they remove the bandages: small, dry, black. It was hard to recognize it as a real body, let alone one miraculously preserved...


12 posted on 03/23/2014 8:14:50 PM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: fidelis
The Church does not claim that ALL those who lived saintly lives will be incorruptible. It only happens to a few, apparently at God's discretion.

Really? Other than the prophecies of Jesus' body not seeing corruption and him not being left in death, where is that written in the Bible? I would like to know.

13 posted on 03/23/2014 8:15:03 PM PDT by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: fidelis
That is what Saul did.
A saint's body found to be be incorruptible
is nothing like necromancy.

Ok, I see
But this body seems to be quite corruptible
except through a preservative process
an embalmer would love (I've known many)

And maintaining a illusion of Incorruptibility for the Laity
Is seriously bizarre

14 posted on 03/23/2014 8:16:06 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: Alex Murphy

So, Alex Murphy, what do you believe?


15 posted on 03/23/2014 8:17:28 PM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: HangnJudge
"Ok, I see But this body seems to be quite corruptible except through a preservative process an embalmer would love (I've known many)

And maintaining a illusion of Incorruptibility for the Laity Is seriously bizarre"

There are true cases of incorruptible saints. See the book by Joan Carroll Cruz, "The Incorruptibles". This article seems focused primarily on the ones that aren't authentically incorruptible and which, if these accounts are accurate, cannot be condoned.

16 posted on 03/23/2014 8:21:54 PM PDT by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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The Catholic belief of “incorruptibility” holds that if a body does not decay after death, the person is holy.

Since when?

17 posted on 03/23/2014 8:23:29 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod (Democrats are Cruz'n for a Bruisin' in 2016.)
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To: Alex Murphy

Kewel...


18 posted on 03/23/2014 8:24:27 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: HangnJudge

I was never taught this as a doctrine of the Church, through 13 years of Catholic education.


19 posted on 03/23/2014 8:25:20 PM PDT by steve8714
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To: Alex Murphy

The catholics are one wacky tribe.


20 posted on 03/23/2014 8:26:45 PM PDT by logitech (It is time.)
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