597 views | Akanimo Sampson | August 11, 2019
Thousands of years after people have been chalking up mysterious phenomena to religious miracles, a Rael-Science post has debunked some of the miracles humans regarded as the work of deities.
According to the post, in 1953, a statue of the Virgin Mary in a couple’s house in Syracuse, Sicily allegedly started shedding human tears. The Roman Catholic Church later recognised the weeping as a genuine miracle, swiftly endowing the statue with celebrity status. Thousands flocked to see it.
This fame persisted relatively unquestioned until 1995, when Dr. Luigi Garlaschelli, a chemistry researcher at the University of Pavia, debunked the miracle. He found that the plaster statue readily absorbs water and can leak it out through scratches in the outer glazing. The Church later rescinded the miracle. Weeping or bleeding statues are very common ‘’miracles’’, with dozens having been reported around the world.
If anything did happen, it was likely an atmospheric event called a ‘’sundog’’, in which light refracts off ice crystals, creating a wondrous halo of light.
Sanal Edamauku, president of the Indian Rationalist Association came in to investigate, and on national television he proclaimed his findings to millions of Indians: the wall behind the statue was leaking and growing algae.
Edamaruku was subsequently charged with blasphemy. He moved to Finland to avoid arrest and persecution.