FRANCE: BISHOPS, "IT IS FORBIDDEN TO SELL SACRED RELICS"

The French Bishops say no to the sale of relics. In a press release issued today, the Bishops Commission for liturgy and the sacramental pastoral, headed by the bishops of Toulouse, mgr. Robert Le Gall, states that "it has become aware that collections of Catholic sacred art, especially relics, are frequently sold". Because of this, "it wishes to recall that, under Canon 1190 of the Code of Canon Law", "the sale of relics is strictly forbidden". In addition, the Commission "asks to be wiser and more cautious in disposing of sacred items used in Catholic rites". In an appendix to the release, the Commission includes Canon 1190 of the Code of Canon Law, under which "it is strictly forbidden to sell sacred relics". And it adds, under paragraph 2: "Distinguished relics or relics that are greatly venerated by people cannot by any means be sold or permanently transferred without the authorisation of the Apostolic See".

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