Louisiana monks score second win in bid to sell caskets

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Abbot Justin Brown looks on as Novices Joseph Eichorn, left and Dustin Bernard move a handmade wooden casket through the woodwork shop on the grounds of St. Joseph Abbey outside of Covington, La. RNS photo by Ted Jackson/The Times-Picayune

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(RNS) A group of woodworking Louisiana monks is celebrating after a federal appeals court ruled they can sell simple handmade caskets – and local funeral directors can’t stop them.

  • Manny Blanco

    Great News!!
    Score one for the little guy

  • Robert

    As usual, greed motivates many people and that is what I see with the funeral parlors. Personally I would rather have a simple wooden casket made by the Monks when my time comes.

  • Roger

    Would you settle for a shroud, Robert?

  • Ciao

    I agree, score one for the little guy!
    There used to be laws against monopolies. I don’t see that any more. America is great because anyone (used to) be able to have any kind of business and operate most anywhere, in good, healthy competition. Why shouldn’t the Monks be allowed to earn a living, and benefit the poorer in society? For myself, I will support religious groups that earn their living by selling their products to the public. Often, no, always, they us natural materials and make healthy products, of fine quality too. http://www.monasterygreetings.com

  • Louis

    There will always be vultures when you are down!!!!