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October 15, 2014

His fascination with the holy persists, if somewhat wrongheadedly, I observed. In his mind has developed a thoroughgoing inversion of saint and sainthood, between the holy men and women whose fleshy bodies were analyzed and broken down after death to further the church’s spiritual trade and those catacomb saints whose husks were bestowed titles and invested with unseemly meaning to line its coffers. True, the truly holy were brought low and their wholes became morbid remains and the wholly false raised high and their remains hallowed wholes, but I cannot countenance such a neat inversion in any industry, for even the saint industry has its deviants.

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