The Eucharistic Miracle(s) of Buenos Aires
Some commenters on my previous post on the Eucharistic Miracles in Poland asked me to look into the Eucharistic Miracle(s) of Buenos Aires. I did, and wound up going way, way, way down a lot of rabbit holes. I realize that this is far more than anyone is likely to want to read, but because it was so difficult for me to track down all of these details, and many of them were only available through paid sources, I do want to post all of my notes. To try to make it easier to navigate to the information you are interested in, I’ve made a table of contents with lots of hyperlinks between sections.
- This was not the first claimed Eucharistic miracle at this church.
- The 1996 photos of the specimen look very much like a rotting bread wafer and nothing like heart tissue.
- The tests conducted at Forensics Analytical in 1999 are consistent with rotting bread and inconsistent with heart tissue. In particular:
- The ortho-tolidine test was negative, indicating that the tissue did not contain myoglobin, and thus is not muscle of any kind.
- The DNA tests found only trace amounts of human DNA and large quantities of non-human DNA.
- The tissue did not behave like heart tissue when dried.
- The first scientist to examine a microscope slide of the sample (Dr Robert Lawrence) reported seeing skin, fungi, and white blood cells. The second and third agreed that they saw skin cells. The forth said muscle, the 5th said possibly heart muscle. Only the 6th (Dr. Zugibe) said it was definitely heart muscle.
This situation is obviously a lot murkier than the story you will find on numerous websites and youtube videos. I’m still not sure what to make of it.
I’m confident that the tissue was not human heart tissue as of the Forensics Analytical investigation in 1999. None of the tests they completed had results consistent with this conclusion. If Dr. Zugibe concluded the substance was definitely human heart tissue in 2004, and it was not in 1999, then either it must have changed sometime in between, by mistake, fraud, or magic, or Dr. Zugibe was mistaken.
Unfortunately, with the information available, I haven’t been able to narrow down these options further.
So that’s where I’m at. Lots of information, but no satisfying conclusions at this stage. But I wanted to post what I’ve found so far in case people are interested.