Papal bone fragment needs a home. Where would you put it?

Papal bone fragment needs a home. Where would you put it? May 6, 2018

Please don’t say toss it in the trash because that has already happened – which is why a London waste disposal company is asking people to suggest what should be done with the thing.
According to The Catholic Herald, the bone fragment is a piece of Pope St Clement who is said to have hobnobbed with some of Jesus’s 12 apostles around 2,000 years ago. Clement reigned as Pope from 88 to 99 CE. He apparently came to a sticky end when he was tied to an anchor and thrown into the Black Sea.

The Martyrdom of St Clement by Bernardino Fungai
Enviro Waste workmen discovered the bone fragment – in a red and gold wax-sealed case – during a routine collection last year.
The company is now appealing to members of the public to suggest a new home for the relic.
Said James Rubin, the company’s owner:

You can imagine our amazement when we realised our clearance teams had found bone belonging to a Pope. It’s not something you expect to see, even in our line of work.
We know this is an important piece of history and are keen to find the most appropriate place for its final resting place, which is why we’re asking for help from members of the public.

There has been growing concern in recent decades over the treatment of sacred relics. Canon law states that it is “absolutely forbidden” to sell them, but many were moved or discarded when churches were reorganised during the changes after the Second Vatican Council.
Georges Kazan, a researcher at the University of Turku in Finland, said:

It could have been stolen, it could belong to someone and been accidentally thrown out. If it’s authentic, it’s not the kind of thing you throw away. It looks like a nice piece, with quite a decent sized bit of bone.

An online form has been created so that members of the public can submit ideas for a new home for the relic.

I suggest it be sent to Ukraine to join Clement’s head and other bits in the Kiev Monastery of the Caves.

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  • Broga

    It is probably as genuine as the hundreds of pieces of the cross.

  • Ben

    DNA test it to prove it is a scam.

  • Rob Andrews

    There are many consecrated bone fragment, all authorized by the church as authentic. But in one case, if you add up these fragment–scattered in various places– which are supposed to belong to JUST ONE early saint, you get enough fragments for 3 jaw bones.
    Supposedly this is one thing that made Martin Luther doubt the infallibility of the church.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    Interesting that the painting has them throwing him overboard about six feet offshore.

  • Broga

    Rob Andrews : Luther didn’t like the Pope forgiving sins, even in the future, providing enough money was handed over. Luther reckoned that this meant wealthy people could commit multiple murders with impunity.
    What about eating Jesus real flesh every week? Tons of flesh being shifted every year and still plenty left. Is that still believed or has the flesh become symbolic.

  • Angela_K

    Find an old piece of bone, encapsulate in a resin, make up a story about it and the gullible will fall for it every time.

  • barriejohn
  • Robster

    Here’s a terrific opportunity for an exciting new range of that souvenir favourite, Snow Cones. Simply shear off a bit of papal bone, seal in a clear container with a thick liquid, insert some pvc snow like material, with a small plastic tree and bingo, a sales winner! Perhaps a Deluxe version, using papal pee as the liquid medium, with a rose tint could be considered with a substantial markup?

  • Maggie

    Someone threw it away. I think their wishes should be carried through with.

  • 1859

    This story is a bit too close to the bone for my liking…

  • Cali Ron

    I have a bone to pick with the Catholic Church.
    There is absolutely no biblical backing for this bizarre catholic practice. Ashes to ash, dust to dust. If it’s the soul that matters and the body just a temporary residence why would bits of it have any meaning or purpose other than to fleece the gullible Sheeple. The whole holy artifacts and saint thing is pure superstitious mumbo-jumbo the church arbitrary decided was “of god” and directly contradicts the bible. So typical religious rubbish.
    BTW I have a complete 11 piece set of the finger bones of Jesus in mint condition for sale cheap. Hurry, supplies limited.

  • 1859

    ‘Ashes to ashes, dust to dust,
    If the women don’t get yer, the whiskey must.’