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prairie biker

The Old Testament proscribes that a body should be buried as intact as possible or the person suffers eternal damnation. On what basis do Catholics justify taking body parts for icons? Isn't that rather pagan?


New dispensation and all that. Lots of Christian practices override Hebraic purity laws. I've never understood what the attraction is, though. It seems more superstitious than pagan.


Lindholm explains it very well, I think. It creates a link with a sacred past. Relics are also collected and venerated in Buddhism and Islam (a hair from the beard of Mohammed, for instance, is in the Topkapi palace in Istanbul.) See Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Relic


pffft. Look what they did to Francis Xavier and he still see thousands and thousands of people a month!

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