Skip to comments.Relic claimed to be bone from St Clement rescued from the bin
Posted on 05/03/2018 3:32:33 PM PDT by NRx
A small leather case containing a fragment of bone claimed to be a relic of St Clement, a pope who was martyred almost 2,000 years ago, has been found in rubbish collected from central London.
The waste disposal firm is now appealing for suggestions from the public for a more suitable final resting place for a saint than a bin.
The box, originally sealed with red wax and tied with crimson cords, contained a scrap of bone under a glass dome, with a faded strip of paper labelling it Oss. S Clementis bone of St Clement.
St Clement is a somewhat obscure figure, and details of his life are hazy and contradictory. However, he is said to have been martyred around the year 100 just short of his own centenary by the Roman emperor Trajan, by being tied to an anchor and thrown into the sea off the Crimea: his fate made him a patron saint of mariners.
He was an early Roman convert to Christianity, said to have been made a bishop by St Paul himself and in time became bishop of Rome, which made him the third pope after the martyrdom of the saints Peter and Linus. He is said to have written important letters of spiritual guidance to the Corinthians who gave St Paul so much trouble.
The little box ended up in the hands of the Enviro Waste firm, which collects both commercial and domestic waste. The case was found after a run that included several different sites in central London, and so the firm cannot pinpoint where the relic came from. It was spotted when employees were sorting through the load to separate out anything that could be recycled.
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It should be buried after all these years.
Same thing happened to me yesterday.
...No wait....that was a chicken bone.
And it fell out of the bin and I put it back in.
Not very respectful to parcel out someone’s remains and for what?
Or the university that displays Jeremy Bentham...all of him, sitting in a chair?
dried up, seahorse looking thing.
More examples of primitivism....
I heard this on EWTN radio this morning.
The cult of relics, and the flourishing medieval trade in fakes, was one of the abuses which led to the Reformation, but genuine relics, often believed by the faithful to be miracle working, were cherished and passed on for centuries.
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That was the very gripe which Martin Luther had which helped trigger the Reformation. At that time there was a pretty lucrative trade in buying and selling body parts of "saints" in order to achieve a "blessing".
I agree. Send it to Rome; after all, if genuine, he was the third Pope.
There have probably been enough pieces of the ‘true cross’ to build a full size replica of Noah’s Ark.
So any ideals how the bone of the third pope got to London? That would be a great story.