In Medieval times, monasteries and churches were viewed as more than just a place for monks and priests, they were often the central features of towns and villages. As such, they had to raise funds to maintain their standard of living. So, they found creative ways to do so.
They sold access to relics. Relics were generally objects that were said to be associated with certain saints and even Jesus himself. Occasionally they were the alleged bones of saints themselves carefully tucked away in containers and kept in the churches. From time to time, monks and priests would take the relics out and sell access to them, trading on the belief by the general public that touching these relics would bring them health, luck, wealth, protection, blessings etc. The big prize was an ” indulgence” which would guarantee a trip straight to heaven upon one’s death. After money or sufficient trade was achieved, the relics would be put away until the monks and priests needed them again. Merely possessing a relic guaranteed great power and influence for the monks and priests, even though the relic had no magical properties or might not have been really connected to the saint it was said to be. And really, can you sell a trip straight to heaven?
This practice was one of the reasons Martin Luther and others sought reform in the Catholic Church, thus leading to the creation of today’s Protestant religions. This reform and Henry VIII’s anger at the Pope for not giving him a divorce from his wife, Katherine, led to the destruction and removal of monasteries throughout Britain. It also led to the deaths of so called “heretics” and intransigent believers.
It seems, however, that the practice of using relics has been reinstituted with the exhumation of Joe Biden’s dead political career. It’s not that Democrats think Biden is a saint or even competent. However, he did serve as the Vice President to the Democrat’s version of Jesus, Obama. And, for that reason the Democrat faithful think that Biden will bring them fortune and influence. They hope by bringing out the Biden Relic and his team of other Relics they will have their dreams fulfilled with “indulgences.” Imagine, trillions of dollars in giveaways, millions of new illegal Democrat voters, and billions in back door deals with other countries to support their coffers. And a trip to Socialist heaven. At least for a bit.
But, once the Biden relic has exceeded its usefulness, it will be “put away. ” The Democrats will find a way to remove it from public access either through impeachment or sudden incompetence. Or maybe they will convince their party that they need to “reform” and stop using the relic at all.
Maybe some of them will figure out the farce that has been played on them like Luther did. Maybe the rich elite who counted on the relic to give them all that they wanted will be disappointed and realize they’ve been had and get rid of the relic and it’s associates. The reform will begin.
Hopefully, it won’t be too late for us or our country. And let’s hope our Constitution doesn’t die in the process.