Jesuits Forced to Sell Family Jewels

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St. Cuthbert must have lived in times where books were very expensive articles, but he must have scarcely imagined that around thirteen centuries after his death, his own Gospel would have gone for the rather impressive amount of £ 9,000,000 in 2011 currency.

Whenever I read such news, I can’t avoid wondering what is happening. An order may decide to sell precious objects for a variety of reasons, but in this case it is clear that at least part of the proceeds will go to pay for current expenses, nicely called “educational work” and, in fact, what is supposed to be a rather core activity of the order.

Basically, what seems to be happening here is that the order is not financially viable anymore, and it is therefore starting to sell the family silver to be able to arrive to the grave in a dignified way.


One can’t avoid thinking that whilst the Jesuits are forced to sell things gifted to them – albeit many years ago – other orders like the SSPX thrive and instead of selling the family jewel, build new seminaries.

One wonders who is the order doing things right.


P.s. on a slightly unrelated matter, I thought that the sale of articles that have been blessed was forbidden; but I must be wrong on this as it is inconceivable that this article wasn’t.

Posted on August 5, 2011, in Catholicism and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Jesuits Forced to Sell Family Jewels.

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