Course Description

Crucifixion was outlawed by the Emperor Constantine in 337AD. Within a few generations, the details of this form of capital punishment were forgotten. The crucifix is the central symbol of our Catholic Faith, but many do not realize how horrible an instrument of death it was. In order to more fully understand and appreciate the tremendous sacrifice which Jesus made for us, this lecture will examine the suffering which Jesus endured for our salvation from the perspective of a physician. It is based on Scripture as well as the most current archaeological and forensic research.

Hours of Instruction: 2


Dr. Peter Auriemma

Dr. Peter Auriemma was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from the Medical School of the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico, and he completed his Post Graduate Surgical training in New York and Chicago. He is a specialist in Urologic Surgery and Oncology. He is married to Dr. Nanette Auriemma, and they have one son, Anthony. He was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of Phoenix on November 8, 2014, and he is the Deacon and Director of Hispanic Catechesis and Evangelization at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Phoenix. He has been giving this lecture on the death of Jesus since 1988.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Medical Perspective of the Cross

    • Reflection Questions for Online Courses

    • Session Video