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Can someone tell me if there even IS a proper way to dispose of a Bible that is no longer useable?

The Assistant Warden was sharing a story with me yesterday about a time she got in trouble with various groups over the issue. While doing a shakedown, the officers discovered a number of Bibles that the inmates had desecrated: foul graffiti written in them, pages torn out to use as cigarette papers, etc. Not knowing what else to do, the A/W gathered up the descecrated Bibles and had them put into the incinerator. Turned out to be the wrong thing to do...bad PR with the community, the inmates, religous volunteers, etc.

But it made me realize that I've never heard anyone mention a CORRECT way to dispose of a Bible that can no longer fulfill its purpose. The American Legion and the Boy Scouts (among others) have ceremonies at least once a year to properly dispose of American flags. Is there anything similar for Bibles? :scratch:

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I do not know the answer to this question, but I would have gone with fire, and I'm surprised people were ticked about the burning of the desecrated Bibles. Is there something particular about an incinerator that made the warden's decision seem somehow disrespectful? I guess I don't see it. :scratch:

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I suppose some people could be reacting to the negative connotations of “book burning” even if the intention was to show reverence. I think the advice given for a blessed item like a rosary that is beyond repair is usually burial. But I'm interested in an expert answer too.

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I do not know the answer to this question, but I would have gone with fire, and I'm surprised people were ticked about the burning of the desecrated Bibles. Is there something particular about an incinerator that made the warden's decision seem somehow disrespectful? I guess I don't see it. :scratch:


The thing about working in Corrections is that no matter WHAT you do, there will always be someone to put a negative spin on it. It's kind of like the joke about the bird dog that walked on water. The hunter shot it because it couldn't swim. :roll:

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The Catechism of Pius X recommends that Protestant bibles be burned or handed over to a priest. I believe the method for Catholic Bibles is also to burn them and then to bury the remains.


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The Catechism of Pius X recommends that Protestant bibles be burned or handed over to a priest. I believe the method for Catholic Bibles is also to burn them and then to bury the remains.

That is to get rid of them.

Burn or bury, standard issue treatment for disposal of holy objects.

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Burn or otherwise destroy, then bury.

Same reason we burn the American flag to retire it. It is all how it is done.

Bad book? BBQ or fireplace., skewered, light fluid poured on it

Good book being retired? More respectful burning

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The question itself (and learning that I'm not the only one unaware) now makes me wonder if there aren't parishes or dioceses that offer proper disposal for sacramentals on a routine basis...most likely annual or biannual. It would be a good thing to get out in the community if someone does offer it.

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I'll modify, burn in container, bury ashes.

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I've heard of disposing of sacramentals that can't or shouldn't be buried (e.g. plastic rosaries) by pouring concrete over them.

Bibles -- yes, burn and bury the ashes if you can. In that sense maybe the incinerator isn't great because it doesn't set the Bible apart from ordinary paper trash.

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I was expecting something more like this from you, fs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vT-VaMXsAw

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Our Holy Mother Church actually burned heretical copies of the Holy Bible once upon a time. They would purchase every one they came across and throw them in the fire so nobody could be deceived by them.

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If you got the time an patience, do this...

Copy every letter and word verse for verse either using a good pen, intricate tools of manual calligraphy, or Adobe illustrator/ Page design. Or just make digital copy from the internet and Print it. Once done, admire and print, or just fully memorize your Copy-which is now yours(but not really YOURs), since you put your creative effort into it- then leave the busted up version on a train, bus, beach, sidewalk, or wherever you think someone is gonna pick up a book or verse or word of the WORD. Let it play out on it's own.

We ain't Muslims, our Book is not the only path to God...remember the power of the Advocate, if So, I think He'll be there when needed for whoever stumbles across your cruddy broken-down Bible. Or masterfully produced copy. Or just the words you tell people when they need to hear them.

All these people saying Burn, well I say you're better than that. That's some pagan censored.


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All these people saying Burn, well I say you're better than that. That's some pagan censored.

:scratch: The original post was about disposing of a bible that is no longer usable. Do you have a better idea of how to do that?

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Burning and burying is the traditional way to dispose of blessed or holy objects. If that seems to pagan, then I suppose disposing of them like common garbage is the right thing to do. If there's a nicer way to put it, it isn't occurring to me.

We don't revere the Bible the way Muslims do the Koran, their position is extreme. Nor do we fall into borderline worship of it the way Protestants do. That isn't to say that we have no love for it and do not see it as the inspired word of God and don't believe that it should be shown an amount of respect. It should be treated with respect. Hand written passages-whatever.

The Bible is the word of God and it and blessed objects should be treated properly. As doom said, they've been set apart, so you wouldn't treat them like ordinary things. If my dictionary is worn out or my watch, I throw it in the trash. But then, I wasn't ever taught to show them the same kind of respect. If I'm sitting at my desk I will look up a word in the dictionary and toss it on the floor. I wouldn't do that with my Bible. Nor do I keep my rosaries or medals on the floor. This should really all go without saying.

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Burning and burying is the traditional way to dispose of blessed or holy objects. If that seems to pagan, then I suppose disposing of them like common garbage is the right thing to do. If there's a nicer way to put it, it isn't occurring to me.

We don't revere the Bible the way Muslims do the Koran, their position is extreme. Nor do we fall into borderline worship of it the way Protestants do. That isn't to say that we have no love for it and do not see it as the inspired word of God and don't believe that it should be shown an amount of respect. It should be treated with respect. Hand written passages-whatever.

The Bible is the word of God and it and blessed objects should be treated properly. As doom said, they've been set apart, so you wouldn't treat them like ordinary things. If my dictionary is worn out or my watch, I throw it in the trash. But then, I wasn't ever taught to show them the same kind of respect. If I'm sitting at my desk I will look up a word in the dictionary and toss it on the floor. I wouldn't do that with my Bible. Nor do I keep my rosaries or medals on the floor. This should really all go without saying.


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