October 22, 2013

Supreme Court affirms monks’ right 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. Photo by Ted Jackson/The Times-Picayune

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. Photo by Ted Jackson/The Times-Picayune

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WASHINGTON (RNS) “We really can now move forward without worrying about being shut down,” said Deacon Mark Coudrain, manager of St. Joseph Woodworks in Covington, La.