Dear all, I came back from Poland some time ago. I was there with a Protestant friend and he was troubled by the extensive selling of 3rd degree relics (pieces of cloth touched by a bone of a saint and attached to a holy card). I had never thought about it, but now it dawned to me that Catholic sanctuaries in Catholic countries might be practicing simony and it’s being widely accepted. I don’t think relics should be made into a mass sales product. Simony is forbidden by the catechism. Now two things:
is this simony? if not, why not? if yes, why aren’t the bishops/other church authorities doing anything about it?
if this is simony, should we start a fight and try to make this stop?