Shroud of Turin

Shroud of Turin

May 6, 2013

Even with modern scientific technology, the Shroud of Turin continues to baffle researchers.

Barrie Schwortz was the documenting photographer for the Shroud of Turin research project in 1978, an in-depth examination of what many people believe to be the burial cloth of Jesus.

Raised in an Orthodox Jewish home, “it took me a long time to come to terms with the fact that I’m a Jew and involved with probably the most important relic of Christianity,” Schwortz told Catholic News Service.

“Isn’t it funny how God always picks a Jew to be the messenger,” he said.

Schwortz said that he, along with the other members of the research team who came from various faith backgrounds, had to set aside personal beliefs and focus on the shroud itself rather than any religious implication it might carry.

“We were there to gather information . . . to do empirical science and do it to the best of our abilities,” he said.

“It doesn’t have anything to do with my personal religious beliefs.

It has to do with the truth.”