Let Buyer Beware on Fake Relics

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Let Buyer Beware on Fake Relics

  Important Notice to Bidders
 
The Relics that we offer does not necessary fit into one or another Class. If it comes with an Authentic Document, CAO, Letter or Seal bearing a signature of a signatory usually a Bishop or Postulator then we presume it is a First Class Relic.
However this is further complicated as to hair, skin, bones, cloth worn or touched or soil from tomb or even from  wood of a coffin. We have therefore decided to abandon Classes of Relics unless we know  with a degree of certainly which one it is. 
Sometimes  Relics that are offered with Certificate, C. A.O or Authentic have stamps, seals embossed markings some in wax and yet some with nothing at all are we right to presume that all or some or none of these are First Class. Some other carry the disclaimer that no body parts are offered are we again to presume that hair is not a part of the body?
In my respectful opinion the rule of thumb in all this is the Seller who like a good auctioneer does the research; cares about the Relics and also the buyer. I personally have found without prejudice that Relics from France and Belgium are more acceptable to me  and this is mainly because of the Reputation and History  of the seller, sadly we have lost a dear friend in Religious Statue in Belgium who has went to his reward in Heaven. People often ask me what Ex indumentis means it is a Latin for basically an item of 3rd Class or touched to Tomb or Cloth Touched or Blessed to a First or 2nd Class Relic.
Since 1955 the Roman Catholic Church has (forbidden)  the Sale of First Class relics because of the possibility of abuse by others to that particular relic. Third Class relics are acceptable providing they contain no flesh, bone of the Blessed or Saint. E-bay rules agrees with this, However exception to this are Hair relics in the main second class relics are usually cloth relics that have been blessed to an item of clothing blessed or touched to the Blessed or Saints. The exception to this is for St Pius the X who was beatified and canonised between the years 1951 to 1954, devotees of this Great Saint when they look at a relic offered will be able to see if it is Blessed or Saint by the letter B or S written on the relic.
All of our Relics have been touched or Blessed individually by original First or second class of the Saints inc. the True Cross, that remain on the Altar.  If we do not have a Relic of the  Blessed or Saint then your Locket Holy Nail or Relic Picture will not be offered on Ebay by us.  
Fr Anthony

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