posted on Apr, 7 2009 @ 11:53 AM
The Vatican could have a motive for releasing this information on the shroud. By claiming that it was kept by the Templars, it pushes the dates, of
its being known, back to before the dates of the known fakes. Just claiming that anyone at all definitely possessed this very thing, gives it an air
of legitimacy. The church would find it very useful for gaining authority in the European Union (who have the crown of Mary as their flag) if they had
something like a holy object that makes a good visual image in people's minds that even actual unbelievers could think was at least plausible. If
atheists could have a bit of doubt in their minds that the religionists may be right, they would not be a block to the Vatican setting themselves up
as the great decider in religious affairs, meaning having a actual political office.
That would be a mistake. Real religion, even if you decide not to have religion in your life, is not something that should be regulated by the
government. That's why it is the first amendment to the US Constitution, that government should not interfere with the practice of religion. Belief
in God or Jesus is useless if it is made political or a state law. Belief is only useful to an individual when it is an outgrowth of his own
conscience. No matter how real God or Jesus is, that gives no authority to a human agency to become the arbiters of the dispensing of religious
benefits to the people. The Vatican can claim whatever authority they want but I am not going to accept it or give homage to them that belongs to the
supreme entity of my choice.
[edit on 7-4-2009 by jmdewey60]