Forty years after death, the body of Padre Pio is exhumed–I didn’t know they had a liturgy for that. Aware of my own bishop’s concerns on the local Bodies Revealed exhibit, I see more in common with the attempt to preserve a partially-decayed corpse. From CNS:
In a statement released March 3, the archbishop said the exhumation and subsequent procedures would guarantee the “prolonged preservation of the body of our saint to allow generations to come the possibility of venerating and safeguarding his relics.”
Technicians will use chemicals to prepare the body for long-term preservation. The body will be placed in a new glass coffin and is scheduled to be in place for public viewing beginning April 24.
Over the staff lunch table, Bodies Revealed was discussed. At $24.50 a ticket, nobody seemed excited about going. Heck, I’d rather renew our family zoo membership and still have $8.50 left over for ice cream.
There’s no question that the traveling exhibit and Union Station, the venue, each want to make a profit off this. The same might be said of the pilgrimage locations in San Giovanni Rotondo, where Padre Pio’s shrine is located. Chemical preservation under glass for the purpose of creating relics? That sounds creepy on a similar scale to me.
But what do you think?