Tuesday, 7 February 2012
How long before we have this?
Of course, we have it already, there are dozens of chalices for sale on Ebay, some Catholic and consecrated and others not.
It is regrettable but inevitable. What is not inevitable is that a Catholic should offer a sacred or blessed item for sale.
Holding the sale in an upmarket auction room in Gloucestershire as opposed to Ebay or, for that matter, at a car boot sale, does not make any difference - the fact is that to do such a thing is a most grave and serious sin. Simony.
H/T New Advent
Simony is usually defined "a deliberate intention of buying or selling for a temporal price such things as are spiritual of annexed unto spirituals". While this definition only speaks of purchase and sale, any exchange of spiritual for temporal things is simoniacal. Nor is the giving of the temporal as the price of the spiritual required for the existence of simony; according to a proposition condemned by Innocent XI (Denzinger-Bannwart, no. 1195) it suffices that the determining motive of the action of one party be the obtaining of compensation from the other.