The Holy Foreskin

A History of the Fourteen Foreskins of Jesus Christ:
"In the end, it was Charroux who 'won' the battle of the foreskins when Pope Clement VII (1523-1534) issued a bull granting indulgences to any and all who made a pilgrimage to the Charroux foreskin. Just think - you could have sins forgiven by God just for getting a glimpse at a bit of severed genitalia! But then tragedy struck: the foreskin went missing!"

(More here and here.)

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6 Responses:

  1. lars_larsen says:

    But in 1983, thieves broke in and stole the 300 year-old jewel-encrusted reliquary and the holy flesh it contained. Presumably they only wanted the case - but what on earth did they do with the foreskin? Is it sitting in someone's basement right now?

    I checked ebay, no luck.

  2. vajrabelle says:

    I can only imagine the discussion [presumably at the club(?)], or train of thought that preceded the web search that led you to this. Oh joy.

  3. ammonoid says:

    So why didn't the foreskin ascend into heaven with the rest of him? Is the foreskin less holy? Inquiring minds want to know.

    • jwz says:

      According to the Church, his foreskin, hair, and fingernail clippings did not ascend because they were no longer attached at the time of his death. Seriously.

      • ammonoid says:

        Of course, if I'd actually read the links I would have found that out. Doh.

        In the vision, Christ mystically marries her, and his amputated foreskin is given to her as a wedding ring


  4. deadmoose says:

    Catholic scholar and theologian Leo Allatius [...] speculated that the Holy Foreskin may have ascended into Heaven at the same time as Jesus himself and might have become the rings of Saturn then-recently observed.

    Now I feel really inadequate...