I agree that we need to get the word out and make sure that as many Catholics as possible let EBAY know that we won’t stand for it. Here’s the response that I received from them today. It doesn’t sound like they are going to change their position…
Thank you for taking the time to write eBay with your concern. I’m
happy to help you further.
We understand that you are upset at having seen certain Catholic items
or items related to the Pope on eBay, including item #6169851381.
Because eBay’s community is a diverse, international group of more than
135 million users with varied backgrounds and beliefs, there are times
when some items listed on eBay by sellers might be offensive to at
some of our users somewhere in the world. At times, members may see
listings that they may consider morally wrong or objectionable.
even though these listings may be offensive to some, please remember
that most of the time the law does not prohibit the items.
Due to the fact that eBay’s focus is to have a free and diverse
community, we are reluctant to interfere with listings that are not
illegal. Regarding offensive items, there are many items that are
considered sacred to many people of various religions, and we sometimes
hear complaints about these items. Examples would be Catholic relics of
saints, Mormon (LDS) garments, certain Buddhist tablets, etc. However,
eBay has made the decision not to prohibit any item only on the basis
the item being endowed with sacred properties by certain religious
groups. In general, eBay will remove items for a violation of our
Offensive Materials policy only in extreme examples in which the
explicitly promotes hatred, violence, or racial intolerance. However,
do not remove religious items that are otherwise legal for sale and do
not violate any other eBay listing policy.
Please keep in mind that many of us at eBay may also share your
with an item, and may not support the sale. In fact, eBay has many
Catholic employees. However, we do our best to understand and tolerate
the many viewpoints held by our worldwide community. The Eucharist is
not illegal to sell, and is generally allowed on eBay as long as the
seller does not otherwise include hateful text or images in the
Although we realize that you may not agree with this decision on eBay’s
part, we hope that you can respect the diverse and open nature of
Thanks again for writing, and thank you for being part of the eBay
Community Watch Team
eBay Trust & Safety