I’ve been listening to the show for a little over a year and have heard a good number of skeptics come on and talk about how they hop around investigating miracle claims and the like, but they always seem to be describing the “i saw jesus’ butt imprinted on a piece of toast” variety of miracles that seem like they wouldn’t really be taken seriously by anyone anyway.
The Vatican has this unbelievably elaborate vetting process for attributing miracles to saints that my Roman Catholic friends claim brings in loads of evidence and opinions from skeptical “atheist scientists” and so on, and that it is quite rare for miracle claims to make it through this process. They also claim that of the miracles that have made it through this process, the Vatican has never revoked any of these miracles as a result of new evidence providing a natural explanation and refuting the miracle claim.
I’d like to hear an installment or installments featuring people who have investigated or provided opinions on some of these miracles in recent years and maybe take a single example and go through the details of the whole process:
1) What it was about the events that qualified them to be Vatican-accepted miracles?
2) How was evidence collected?
3) What arguments and counter-arguments were presented?
4) Are there any specific Vatican-accepted miracles that are known to have natural explanations, and what is the rationale the church has for rejecting the explanations?
I’ve been to the Vatican’s web site, and I can’t find anything like evidential details for any one of the saints’ supposed miracles, so I would be absolutely fascinated to hear how this works.