In an interview with National Catholic Register’s Edward Pentin, Professor Massimo Introvigne, “a respected Catholic sociologist,” weighed in on the stolen blood saga.
According to Introvigne, it had to be those rascally restorationists!
To give you my gut feeling: it’s more to do with groups of what we call in sociology “fringe Catholics” – marginal groups of Catholics who want to perhaps steal in order to furnish their private chapels, and follow non-authorised private revelations, or something similar.
He explained further:
In Italy we have scores of groups of Catholics who are half in, half outside the Catholic Church and they normally follow apocalyptic private revelations not recognised by the Church and they have chapels which, from a canonical point of view, are illegal chapels. They are not authorised by a bishop and some of these groups might be enthusiastic for such important relics and to have them in their private chapels. Some of these groups are well hidden. They may await the end of the world, not believe Pope Francis is the real Pope, follow this and that ‘revelation’ of Jesus and the Virgin Mary.
Note the backhand at those dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima and her still hidden message.
Yes, Professor, sede vacantists who don’t even think that JPII was a pope, and traditionalists who recognize his papacy for the train wreck that it actually was, are willing to do damn near anything to “furnish their private chapels” with such an “important relic” as a vial of the Great one’s blood. (No, not Wayne Gretzky, the other one.)
Apparently the bar for “respected Catholic sociologist” is, like so many other things in the Church today, dreadfully low.