Saint Isidore Catholic Sales Guild

A Catholic Consortium for Ethics in Internet Sales

The Saint Isidore Catholic Sales Guild was convened in 2005 to provide a positive identity for individual sellers who deal in Catholic artifacts. We believe that through education we can have an uplifting influence on the landscape of Catholic artifact sales on the internet.

We also believe that it is possible to encourage change within some of the major sales venues, like eBay, by working within their system and by utilizing the power of the press to shed light on the sales of goods that portray the Catholic faith in a damaging manner.

The weekly report will include:

Sales of First Class Relics with instructions for reporting them as items prohibited for sale on eBay

An eBay Report Card for the previous week rating how well the did on removing these items.

Highlighted Areas of Concern with suggested action.

Disturbing and Irreverent Sales that show contempt for the Catholic Faith and the teachings of the Church and also reflect poorly on Catholic sales as a whole.

Anecdotal information on the process of reporting illicit sales and educating sellers of Catholic artifacts.

First Class Relic Sales for Holy Week
There is no end to the trade in First Class relics. It is, frankly, very profitable. During Holy Week there are an endless supply of relics of the Passion of Our Lord. Some come with papers as having belonged to various Bishops. How did the sellers acquire them? We don’t know, but we hope that our Bishops will be more cautious with their belongings.

Some sellers seem to be ignorant of the rules. Others openly flaunt them. While still others deliberately lie, claiming that what is obviously a piece of bone is actually hair or cloth. Sellers with documentation or designation tags within the theca will obscure them to evade detection.

We will provide a weekly report of relics that are clearly First Class non-hair relics and encourage you to copy the numbers to the right in groups of ten and report them. Links to the auctions are listed below.

To receive weekly emails with reportable numbers, please sign up here

How to Report

Copy the numbers to the right in groups of ten

Click on the Prohibited Items – Human Remains Link and paste the numbers into the box that pops up.

Click to continue and then be sure to click on the envelope symbol to email it to eBay. If you want a copy sent to your email address, be sure to check the appropriate box.

Read the last report here

July 18, 2007
This week’s list is a short one. The relic peddlers are focused on selling relics of the Passion of Our Lord, and frankly, most of us are busy with preparations for Holy Week. Nonetheless, please take time to report these.

Item Numbers of eBay Auctions for First Class Relics in groups of ten. Copy each group and paste at the Prohibited Items – Human Remains Link into the box that pops up.

200128305144, 200128305194, 200128305128, 110147939912, 250142833091, 150143312771, 160139188359, 160139188402, 270144096601, 270144449487

320138039721, 180139895680

See below for a description of the items these numbers represent.

Remember – There is power in numbers. Ask other buyers and sellers to report these sales.

With enough pressure, maybe eBay will remove the category entirely one day.

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Christine Hirschfeld

I never intended to run a Catholic antiquities and book business. Not in a million years. As a cradle Catholic, I grew up in a house that was filled with Catholic images and sacramentals not to mention an abundance of excellent books provided by family members who worked in publishing houses famous for their Catholic catalogues. The beautiful images and concepts presented in those books certainly had their effect in enhancing my identity as a Catholic. As the years passed, even in the midst of very un-Catholic settings, I became a repository for my friends’ Catholic “found objects.” Eventually, I had a family of my own. We’re a small family. There are just three of us. And two of us were born with the “junk collecting gene.” Garage sales attracted us like a magnet.

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