Saint Charbel Makhluf, O.L.M. (or Sharbel Maklouf), (Arabic: مار شربل, May 8, 1828 – December 24, 1898) was a Maronite monk and priest from Lebanon. During his life he obtained a wide reputation for holiness and he has been canonized by the Catholic Church. [Source: Wikipedia]
Being an open atheist and having a skeptical personality in Lebanon causes me to have a lot of debates with my Christian friends.
With almost every single atheist/theist debate, Lebanese Christians always come claim that Saint Charbel Makhluf's body remained intact (not damaged or impaired in any way; complete) for 50 years - which seems biologically impossible to me.
The Wikipedia page says:
In the years 1950 and 1952 his tomb was opened and his body still had the appearance of a living one.The official site mentions: In this century his grave has been opened four times, the last time being in 1955, and each time "it has been noticed that his bleeding body still has its flexibility as if it were alive"; no mentioning of later openings. The Catholic Tradition website says: Father Joseph Mahfouz, the postulator of the cause, certified that in 1965 the body of Saint Charbel was still preserved intact with no alteration. In 1976 he again witnessed the opening of the grave; this time the body was completely decomposed. Only the skeleton remained.
Regardless whether experts and doctors would or would not give medical explanations for the incorruptibility and flexibility of his body, is there any credible scientific evidence which would show that Saint Charbel Makhluf's body remained intact?