This interview is fascinating!
EWTN Live – Barrie Schwortz – Shroud of Turin – 2013-11-6 – Catholic History [56:34]
Schwortz mentions this book by Dr. Zugibe, who was a leading expert in the field of forensic medicine and chief medical examiner of Rockland County, New York from 1969 to 2002. He spent a good portion of his life studying crucifixion and the Shroud of Turin. I am part way through his book and loving it. His writing is clear and easy for this non-scientist to follow, even when he gets into anatomy, chemistry and other geeky CSI stuff for which I have no background beyond tenth grade biology. Among other things, I’ve learned how Jesus actually died (it wasn’t suffocation) and how the nails went in through his palms and came out at his wrists (they were angled just like you angle a picture hook and for the same reason). Learning in detail what Jesus endured has built my faith and gratitude so much that it’s hard to describe. I highly recommend it.
I got this from my Catholic Catechism emails this week:
The Catholic Church teaches that there is no insoluble contradiction between faith and science, because there is only one truth, to which both faith and scientific reason refer. Faith reminds science that it is supposed to serve creation and not set itself up in place of God. Science must respect human dignity instead of violating it.
Catholic Catechism section
Audio CD: Science, The Origin of the Universe, and God by Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ