Defiling corpses is as much an entrenched part of Catholic culture, as say Latin rites or getting a bag of lollies for playing with Father O’Grady’s diddle.
Indeed as you’ll see no part of a dead body is off-limits to the ghoul’s dressed-in dog-collars and women’s robes.
The following is but a small list of some of the venerated human-parts Catholics, in the year 2010, believe still to hold magical powers.
- The toe of ‘Saint’ Francis Xavier as well as three arms that are also claimed to be his
- What’s left of the decapitated head of Saint Catherine
- The heart of St Vincent de Paul
- Jesus Christ’s foreskin as well as his umbilical cord
- The breast milk of Mary Madeline as well as a range of her hair ranging from black to blonde (pick a colour, any colour)
- The finger of Saint Nicholas
- Skull of St Valentine
- Thigh and foot bones of St Thérèse of Lisieux
- Rib(s) of Saint Luke
When they get all worked-up and foaming at the mouth with religious fervor - no part of a body is considered sacred and off-limits to Catholic grave-robbers.
Like some sordid pages of a Dan Brown novel & even before the corpse of a yet-to-be-confirmed saint is cold The Popes henchmen are on the spot hacking the body-apart limb for limb and distributing the parts all over the planet.
A finger is Fedexed to Mexico.
The arm is taken as carry-on luggage to Brazil.
A tooth is wrenched-out and sent for Catholics in Uganda to adulate.
When they get short-on parts The Catholic Church even robs graves!
Centuries old bodies are dug-up, then defiled in the name of their cause.
This debased behaviour is some-how mitigated by calling the remains ‘relics.’
And if this wasn’t morbid and primitive enough for you to contemplate, there are even Catholic churches ‘decorated’ with the bones of dead friars/priests like this one, The Church of Santa Maria della’Immacolata Concezione in Rome.
The whole practice of venerating human remains is uncivilized in the extreme.
Totally primitive and barbaric behaviour & all coming-from people who have the audacity to try and tell you how to run your life!
PS: I've covered the bizarre story of The Holy Prepuce, or Holy Foreskin before. Read: 'Jesus had a big Cock'.