November 18, 2013

Not real? Who cares?

The Vatican is putting on a show:
The Vatican's decision to publicly exhibit the purported relics of the Apostle Peter for the first time this weekend has spotlighted the intense scientific debate over whether the bones actually belong to the first bishop of Rome. 
There isn't a lot in the article about the controversy, but it seems there is no proof that these are Peter's bones. Not to worry:
A senior Vatican official, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, acknowledged the debate Monday but suggested it almost doesn't matter if scientists determine the bones aren't Peter's since Christians have venerated them for two millennia and will continue to. 
And that's all that matters. If you've been doing something for a long time, that is reason enough to continue doing it. Doesn't matter what it is; repetition makes it true.

In fact, it doesn't even matter whether god is real. After all, people have been worshiping Jeebus for 2000 years. So everyone should just keep doing it. Makes great sense, right?

I'm just grateful we have smart people like the folks in the Vatican to sort out these troublesome issues for us. Honestly, what would we do without them?

Some Vatican archaeologists disagreed [with the idea that these are Peter's bones], and debate continues today much as it has over the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin
Since the Shroud of Turin is a fake, I guess this means the bones aren't Peter's. Birds of a feather, and all that.

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