My father-in-law was a longtime Mason. After he passed away, my wife and I are now in possession of various Masonic items (although my wife only has a 1/3 interest in these - she has two sisters, each with equal interest).
These items were entrusted to my wife with the intent that she liquidate them and divide the proceeds, because there are no Masons (or Easter Stars) in the family. The other two sisters (and their husbands) are not conversant with offering items on eBay, so the task went to my wife, mainly because I have sold many items, so the task really falls to me.
Most of the stuff is worthless (might fetch a few dollars - hardly worth the effort for 1/3 of a share), but there are a couple of jewelery-type items that may be worth a few dozen to a few hundred dollars, if I compare them to recent sales of similar items on eBay.
But I find myself conflicted about what to do with these things. Masonry is condemned by the Catholic Church (as are all secret societies). If I sold these things to a Mason, would I be promoting Masonry? I cannot, in good conscience, do that. But I’m not sure that selling a Masonic item to a Mason promotes Masonry. If a Jew sold me a Rosary, I would not be any more Catholic after the purchase than I was before.
As I see it, I have these options:
*]Sell these things on eBay and divide the proceeds (this is what I am expected to do)
*]Give the items to the other sisters, even though they don’t really want them (and, thus, they would probably just figure out how to sell them on eBay anyway).
*]Destroy these items (and compensate the other sisters for the lost value)
The last choice appeals to me, but I doubt it would appeal to the majority of the owners (because of the sentimentality of the items), so I don’t think it’s an option. And, besides, I am reluctant to destroy any item of religious faith (I would never burn a Koran, even though I utterly reject the Muslim faith).
What do you think I should do?