BROOKLYN, New York, May 8, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) ― The e-commerce company Etsy.com is known for sales of cute crafts. Unfortunately, it also permits the sale of the sacred.
On May 7, Catholics on social media were alerted to an Etsy listing offering what the vendor claimed were “Real Catholic Hosts, consecrated by a priest.”
The seller, calling himself “AL” and his business “Pentagora,” stated that the purpose of the nine hosts was “to abuse for classic black fairs or black magic purposes.”
The hosts, he said, were made and consecrated in Germany, and the listing indicated that they would be shipped from Germany.
LifeSiteNews contacted the vendor for evidence that the hosts were indeed consecrated.
“Maybe you don't know, but to celebrate an authentic black mass, you have to be an ordained Catholic priest,” AL responded.
“There are a handful of priests in Germany who work in the satanic underground. Unfortunately, I am not allowed to tell you more,” he continued.
“Germany has always been a country of the occult. You don't have to believe me. The right people recognize me, that's all that matters.”
Beverly Stevens, the editor of Regina Magazine, said the sale of the Blessed Sacrament in Germany didn’t surprise her.
Stevens, who lived in Germany for seven years, told LifeSiteNews over social media that in that country “Catholic artifacts and sacred objects are routinely treated with the utmost disdain by the hierarchy and the elites they cater to ― so pretty predictable that this would spread to regular people.”
Stevens said she had seen sacred relics for sale in a Wiesbaden flea market.
“The seller thought it amusing that we Americans were horrified,” she recalled. “So the sale of consecrated hosts online for satanic worship purposes is completely predictable. I doubt whether Cardinal (Reinhard) Marx would bat an eye.”
The item was listed as “handmade” and therefore did not meet the marketplace criteria of Etsy, which states that this category cannot be used by someone “not involved in designing or making that item.” Etsy also has a anti-discrimination policy that forbids “posts that support or glorify hate groups and their members” and “derogatory or demeaning remarks against protected groups,” including religious groups.
LifeSiteNews reached out to Etsy for comment but was merely directed to the company’s House Rules.
The Catholic Church teaches that during the consecration of the Mass the Eucharistic wafers become the body and blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ while retaining only the sensory appearance (i.e. accidents) of bread.