BTW, Languet de Gercy is the one who requested construction of the St. Sulpice church "meridienne" gnomon in 1727. That could be one reason he appears in the document.
I agree the Sacred Heart connection shouldn't be overlooked, though.
Incidentally, there is one interesting discussion in HBHG that very few people dilate on very much. They suggest that St. Sulpice was actually the headquarters of the Catholic Modernist movement. Thus, far from being a center of devotion, Sulpice really was a place of challenge to orthodoxy.
It turns out this is an HBHG assertion that does check out. Sort of.
For a period of time, anyway. While under the leadership of the Abbe John Hogan, an Irishman, Sulpice promoted the scholarship of Alfred Loisy and other Parisian Modernists. Modernists also thrived at Dunwoodie, an American Sulpician center that published the modernist leaning New York Review.
However, after Hogan's departure, the conservative leadership of the Seminary of St. Sulpice reasserted itself, and cut off access to Loisy's lectures and the Dunwoodie scholars, who left the Sulpicians in protest.
Baigent continues to maintain in the Jesus Papers
that Canon Alfred Lilley saw the document establishing Jesus surviving the crucifixion in 45 CE at St. Sulpice
There’s been talk of treasure buried in the hills in Southern France for centuries. Year after year, people make pilgrimages here in search of fortune.
Author Michael Baigent says what drew him here were the whisperings of something far more valuable— he was looking for evidence that Jesus survived the crucifixion.
He says information about a mysterious document arrived in a letter he got his hands on 20 years ago.
Michael Baigent, author: The letter came out of the blue. And there seemed to be some treasure associated with it.
The letter reads: “The treasure is not one of gold and precious stones, but a document containing incontrovertible evidence that Jesus was alive in the year 45 AD.”
It’s significant date because it’s more than a decade after the accepted date for the crucifixion.
Sara James, Dateline correspondent: Because if he had been alive in 45 A.D. He couldn’t have died on the cross?
Baigent says that mysterious document was last seen at the Church of San Sulpice in Paris.
He believes it calls into question the accepted story about when and how Jesus died.
James: For you, San Sulpice is more than a beautiful church. You believe this is a place where clues have been found?
Baigent: Absolutely. Archaeologists were digging up material and here is where it was brought together.
And where according to Baigent, in the late 1800s, that mysterious document was seen by a prominent member of the English Church, Canon Alfred Lilley. The alleged document written supposedly indicated Jesus didn’t die on the cross. But soon after, Lilley’s document vanished, never to be seen again.
Even Baigent admits what he says here can't be proved. Another disappeared document. The name of the Anglican writing about Lilley who contacted him though isn't found in many places but in the Jesus Papers he reveals it was the Rev. Dr. Douglas William Guest Bartlett.
Dunno if Bartlett's story is true -- or if Baigent is making some of it up -- one thing I do know for sure: Lilley was a Modernist. http://openlibrary.org/b/OL7189603M/Modernismhttp://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/specialcoll ... tMovement/