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  1. iamlucky13 says:

    I suspect you’re quizzing us specifically about the part I had to get some help with:

    There is a distinction to make between selling a rosary (or the devotional candles with images of saints on them, which I would guess this store also carries), which is an object, and selling a spiritual thing like a blessing.

    Of course, holy water is holy water by fact of the matter water being blessed, not by a physical property of the water. Trying to sell holy water is effectively a form of simony (a lesser form when dealing with selling spiritual things in general, rather than the more serious form involving the sacraments).

    Furthermore, when a blessed object is sold, the blessing does not go with it. Even if this store actually did have holy water blessed by a Catholic priest, you would only be able to buy the water, not the holy.

    Of course, it seems doubtful to me that this water was blessed by a Catholic priest, and I’m skeptical they even took the effort to boil the hell out of it.

    I give credit to an article from Adoremus for filling in a few details I wasn’t aware of, like the loss of a blessing when an object is sold. I had to look for more information when I realized Canon 1380 doesn’t explicitly address sacramentals.

  2. iamlucky13 says:

    Oh boy. I just did a search for the company name visible on the label in the full size image. They have their own website, and it appears several other businesses are selling this and other items labeled as holy water, including on Amazon and Etsy.

    The full label says it includes water and a preservative. I’m guessing that preservative is not exorcised salt.

  3. redneckpride4ever says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t selling a sacramental remove the blessing?

  4. Kathleen10 says:

    That came right out of Juan’s tap. Juan did say a little prayer as he put the caps on.

  5. John says:

    That’s from Crusellas, of Miami but originally from Cuba. They have bottled this for decades, along with other products typically sold at botánicas. It makes no pretense of being Catholic, as its roots are in Santería. A number of similar folk religions also use this.

  6. TheBackPew says:

    I’ve always wondered about these products for the same reason. They bury a disclaimer but their intention is clear from the rest of the description.

  7. tgarcia2 says:

    Blessed objects should not be sold BUT, betcha that was not blessed by a priest…definitely the opposite of Holy Water

  8. ErnieNYC says:

    No selling (or buying!) of sacramentals.

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  10. Gaby Carmel says:

    It is never allowed to sell holy things. If this is really Holy Water, then it would be a sacrilege to sell it. If it isn’t, then it is also wrong to use that name, because it would lead people to believe that it is indeed Holy Water and that it is OK to commit the sacrilege of selling it.

  11. daughteroflight says:

    Because simony.

    Also, who’s doing the blessing? Depending on the answer, you might be getting “help” from the wrong side of the fight.

    This drives me bonkers. Relic hustlers are the bane of my existence too.

  12. Grant M says:

    600 years after Chaucer, his Pardoner is still with us.

  13. Geoffrey says:

    Canon Law aside, who would have thought this was a good business model? Holy Water is literally flowing and available to the public for FREE at every Catholic church.

  14. ScottW says:

    If you’re buying the bottle, and the water comes free, then something like this would be legitimate. After all, you can’t purchase a relic, but you get it for free if you buy the nice reliquary!

  15. Benedict Joseph says:

    Once having lived in the heart of Latin America [Hoboken, NJ] I never saw this sort of nonsense? Who would provide this any credence? What brand of plain dumb would purchase this?

  16. Sevens Dad says:

    What is “Simony”?

    I’ll take Sacrilege for $2000, Father.

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