Thwarted auction markets in everything

by on July 26, 2010 at 2:03 pm in Economics, Religion | Permalink

Vienna's archdiocese has ruled that the box-like structure where believers confess their sins cannot be turned into a sauna.

Bidding on a confessional described on eBay as ideal for conversion into a one-person sauna, a small bar or a children's playhouse was ended when the archdiocese stepped in.

Archdiocese spokesman Erich Leitenberger told the daily Salzburger Nachrichten that auctioning "objects that were used for dispensing the sacraments is not acceptable."

Confessionals "should not be converted into saunas or bars," he was quoted Tuesday as saying.

At the time the leading bid was 666.66 euros.  There is more here and I thank John Chilton for the pointer.

1 Todd July 26, 2010 at 2:15 pm

The whole thing sounds indulgent.

2 tgrass July 26, 2010 at 3:07 pm

upvote Todd

3 Ken July 26, 2010 at 3:47 pm

I kind of wonder if the church undergoing renovation engineered this for publicity, or even to push the archdiocese into supplying some funds for the project.

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