Tuesday, February 06, 2007

(Yet Another) Relic for Sale

The Russian Orthodox Church has expressed indignation at an attempt to sell a skull and bone allegedly belonging to Saint Philip.

The advert for the remains appeared on a Russian website.

It described the relic as "remains of an Orthodox saint, in good condition, with an inscription on the cranium confirming the saint's name".

- BBC News, Monday, 5 February 2007, 17:36 GMT

Relic are not curios to be purchased for one's viewing pleasure.

This isn't even about simony - genuine relics or not, the sale of human remains is disgusting and immoral. Anybody in possession of an illegally (or accidentally) obtained relic has the moral and social obligation to return it to the Church, where it belongs.

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