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Monks Persecuted for Burying the Dead. Works of Mercy, Religious Freedom and Economic Liberty Comments

The State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors subpoenaed Abbot Justin Brown and Deacon Mark Coudrain.  If found guilty, the Abbot and Deacon will be subject to 180 days in jail and thousands of dollars in fines.The Monks of St. Joseph Abbey did not back down. They sought legal help. The lawyers from the Institute for Justice stepped in. "The state is trying to require them to abandon their calling as ... Continue Reading

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  1. Robert Bellarmine
    4 years ago

    Amor Magister est Optimus! With this word i do believe that Our Monks and their congregation will always do what is the best in their life, because Our Lovely God is always with them. God help them! Amen.

  2. mike
    4 years ago

    It's going to be a tough case to win for the monks. catholics have to obey the law of the land. this doesn't seem to be an immoral law. the "cartel" as called here is just a descendant of the medieval guilds. like unions. the unions want buildings built by union labor because then it is supposed to be done right. this case is very similar...

    what I think can be done is negotiate a settlement where the monks don't have to go whole hog into the funeral business, but just get the union approval to sell caskets.
    unless they are handling the dead bodies too, and presiding at the funerals....which this article didn't say they were doing.

    down there in Louisiana the people who are filing against the monks are probably Catholic too, but feel the hurt financially from the monks entering their market without a license. They may not have had much of a choice but to file against the monks. It might've been a no-brainer for them to file against the monks.

    I see room for a settlement in this very interesting case.


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