Pittsburgh chapel boasts of more relics than anywhere outside of Rome

St. Anthony’s Chapel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania boasts that it has 5000 religious relics,SAC the largest collection of relics in the world outside of Rome. Included in the collection are alleged splinters from Jesus’ cross, a fragment of the column of His flagellation, a stone from the Garden of Gethsemane, a nail that held Christ to the cross, material from Jesus, Mary and Joseph’s clothing, and a piece of bone from each of the twelve apostles.

Read how “father” Suitbert Mollinger amassed the collection in the story below.

The word “relic” comes from the Latin, “reliquus,” meaning “left behind.” The Catholic church teaches “relics do not have power in and of themselves,” but God works miracles in the presence of saints’ bodies/bodyparts or their material possessions or items they came in contact with even after their deaths. Catholics “venerate” relics while praying for physical healings or blessings.

There was considerable traffic in relics throughout Europe in the Middle Ages as churches competed for these highly prized religious souvenirs. Unscrupulous merchants and dealers were more than happy to satisfy the demand. There is certainly no evidence for the authenticity of many Catholic relics including some of the more outlandish ones like those mentioned above as well as claims to the thorns from Jesus’ crown, Mary’s breast milk, Jesus’ umbilical cord and foreskin, and the house Jesus grew up in.

Everyone must accept Jesus Christ as their Savior by faith. Venerating/worshipping material objects is idolatry. If I had the ENTIRE cross that Jesus died on standing in my backyard it would not do me any good.

“The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.” – John 6:63

“They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.” – Romans 1:25

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” – John 4:23-24

For more of my postings on relics see here.


The bizarre tale of 5000 relics finding a home in a Pittsburgh chapel

By Adelaise Mena


St. Maria Goretti on last “leg” of American tour

Only 17 stops remain on the St. Maria Goretti tour. The bones of the revered “saint”MGT continue to make the rounds of American Catholic parishes. “Saint” Maria will be flying back to Italy on November 13th. See my earlier write-up here.

Catholics are taught the veneration of the relics of “saints” will result in blessings and answers to prayer. Of course, there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in Scripture to suggest God desires anyone to pray to dead people’s bones. In contrast, God’s Word distinctly warns against praying to the dead:

“When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?” – Isaiah 18:19

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.” Matthew 23:17

Flee from man-made religious traditions and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior.

Body of popular “saint” to tour U.S.

The Catholic church has announced the body of “saint” Maria Goretti will soon be touring the U.S. There are currently forty-seven tour stops scheduled in 25 Catholic dioceses spanning 18 states.

Maria Goretti was a young, Italian Catholic girl who was fatally stabbed after resisting a rape attempt. She survived long ST MARIA GORETTI 7enough to forgive her attacker and died in 1902 at the age of 11. She was canonized in 1950, becoming Catholicism’s youngest “saint.”

Catholicism teaches miracles, favors, and healings are possible through the intercession of a “saint” and the “veneration” of his or her “relics.” Appeals are made to Acts 19:11-12 where handkerchiefs and aprons touched by Paul were used to heal the sick.

Most Evangelicals would consider the Catholic practice of venerating dead bodies or body parts to be unscriptural vestiges of medieval superstition. Why not go directly to the Lord for all spiritual and physical needs? But the Catholic system is based precisely on the mediation of the church – through its priests, sacraments, saints, Mary, etc., etc. Catholics are taught the church is the channel of God’s sacramental grace and they must then “cooperate” with that grace in order to merit their salvation.

Maria Goretti is very popular among Catholics these days and the church venerates her as the “Patroness of Mercy,” “Patroness of Purity,” and “Model of Chastity.” But not everyone agrees that Maria is a helpful role-model for women. Women’s advocates deplore the clerical misogynist concept popularized by the Maria Goretti legacy that death is a more honorable alternative than the “loss of sexual purity.”

I’m so grateful to the Lord that He freed me from the chains of Catholic ritual, superstition, and legalism. Praise the Lord for salvation by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ ALONE! The ONLY purity I can boast about is the purity of Jesus Christ, my sinless Lord and Savior.

400-197Above: “Saint” Maria Goretti with compulsory “halo.”

Some Catholics visiting Maria’s “relics” normally displayed in a basilica south of Rome mistakenly believe her body is “incorruptible” like some other “saints.” But what they see is a wax statue containing the majority of her bones. Her right arm, the most treasured “relic” because it was used to “defend her purity,” was given to the church of her small hometown.



“They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.” – Romans 1:25.

“As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. But Peter made him get up. “Stand up,” he said, “I am only a man myself.” – Acts 10:25-26.


Confirmed: The Body of St. Maria Goretti Will Soon Be Brought to the U.S.

St. Maria Goretti will be coming to the USA in September and stay until early in November

by Joseph Pronechen, National Catholic Register, 8/7/15




Angels carried Jesus’ house from Nazareth to Europe!?!?

I touched on “relics” and how much they’re venerated within Catholicism a few posts ago and I’d like to share some additional thoughts.

As early Christianity became increasingly institutionalized and began to adopt many of the concepts of paganism, there was a frenzied race to acquire items mentioned in the Bible or the alleged personal effects of Jesus and his family. Centuries before scientific authentication, churches vied against each other for the most valuable “relics.” Making their appearance, sometimes at multiple sites, were pieces of the “true cross,” the crown of thorns, the water pots of Cana, the crib of Jesus, the baby clothes of Jesus, Jesus’s foreskin, Joseph’s carpenter tools, the cup used at the Last Supper, the empty purse of Judas, Pilate’s basin, nails from the cross, Mary’s breast milk, etc., etc. The focus of Catholicism has always been on the creature rather than the Creator (Romans 1:25).

Perhaps the most audacious claim for a relic (besides Jesus’s foreskin) is the Holy House of Nazareth located inside the Basilica at Loreto, Italy (see photos). Catholic tradition claims Mary grew up in this small 13′ by 31′ house and Jesus was raised in it also. According to Catholic apologists angels carried the house from Palestine to Croatia in 1291. Not content with that site, they moved the house to Recanti, Italy and finally to Loreto in 1295.

Lest anyone think the grizzled Catholic hierarchy just winks at these ridiculous medieval relics, both “Saint” Pope John XXIII and Pope Benedict XVI visited the house signifying their stamp of approval.

Catholic friends, accepting Jesus Christ as one’s personal Savior by faith alone is the thing, NOT collecting and venerating bogus religious relics!

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Every Catholic church has a sacrificial altar and a sacrificing priest. The Bible says sacrifice for sin ended with Christ’s death on the cross but Catholics offer up sacrifice for sins at their masses hundreds of thousands of times each day throughout the world.

Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God.” – Hebrews 10:11-12

But do Catholics know that every Catholic church altar contains the relic of a “saint”? So what’s a relic? The Baltimore Catechism says a relic is “the body, or part of the body, of a saint which the Church venerates because of the sanctity of the person while on earth.” Like all “sacramentals” relics are suppose to prepare the faithful to receive sacramental grace and then dispose them to cooperate with that grace so they can merit their way to Heaven.

There are actually three official classes of Catholic relics:

First class – the body or a portion of the body of a saint (bone, flesh, or hair). You’ll only find these in Catholic churches. (See accompanying photo: The hair of “Saint” Claire)relic_stclair

Second class – an item or piece of an item used by a saint (clothing, vestments, personal item). These also can only be found exclusively in the hands of the church.

Third class – an item that touched a first or second class relic or the “shrine” of a saint. The church has done BIG business over the centuries selling these items to the faithful (rosaries, cloths, medals, etc.).

Do Catholics ever stop and wonder whether God approves of their veneration of physical objects? Many Catholics view their third class relics as good luck charms that bring blessings and ward off evil and the church does little to discourage this kind of pagan, anti-Scriptural superstition.

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” – John 4:23-24