Pierre d'Arcis, the French Bishop's Memorandum in 1389
A French bishop, Pierre d'Arcis,
was trying to stop and exhibit of the Shroud. He drafted a letter to the
pope claiming that an artist had confessed to painting it. Not many
people took him seriously then. Not many historians do not take him
Several documents have been discovered that challenge both his honesty as well as his motives. Pilgrims were the problem. Rather than visiting his cathedral in the city of Troyes, France, they were visiting the small church in Lirey to see the purported burial shroud of Christ. And that is where they were spending their money. Money was needed for ongoing construction on the cathedral. There were shrines for four saints, although, admittedly, no one seemed to know who two of them were. Troyes was famous as the founding city of the by then outlawed Knights Templar.
Though Pierre was possibly not the first to challenge the authenticity of the Shroud, he certainly wasn't the last. The document is still referenced by skeptics even though its contents are suspect; even though it has now been scientifically proved that the Shroud was not painted.