Regular readers of the Outlaw should already be aware, that I have many questions regarding the validity of mainstream religion.
So when a religion that already promotes virgin pregnancy and birth, the alleged father of said pregnancy being their God, who then allowed this immaculate conception to die on a cross, before rising from the dead to absolve mankind of their sins…. is attempting to promote yet another hoax, it only serves to raise yet more questions.
Was Padré Pio, a bona fide Saint, worshipped by Catholics for displaying the stigmata of Jesus Christ, nothing more than a fraud who used a simple trick to hoodwink millions of people?
According to a book written by Professor Sergio Luzzatto, he was.
Padre Pio’s hands allegedly bled constantly for 50 years, he even wore gloves to cover them.
The former monk, who died in 1968 aged 81, had claimed the circular wounds on his palms, were replicas of the wounds that Christ suffered at his crucifixion.
Pio, whose real name was Francesco Forgione, was believed to possess incredible healing powers and was venerated by millions.
He was popular throughout the world and was canonised by Pope John Paul II in 2002.
But recently unearthed documents reveal he was a nothing more than a conman, who had used corrosive carbolic acid to inflict the hand injuries on himself.
The papers include a letter from an Italian pharmacist who had arranged to deliver the acid.
The documents, allegedly stored in libraries at the Vatican, were unearthed by Professor Luzzatto, an eminent Italian historian.
In his book “Padre Pio: Miracle and Politics in a Secular Age”, he claimed many Popes had questioned Pio’s claims.
He also claimed the Vatican only declared Pio a saint, because of pressure from the public to do so.
Luzzatto said: “Human beings — and particularly the most fragile among them — will still need to look at figures such as Padre Pio to get, if not miracles, then at least consolation and hope”.