Jimmy Mac sent me a link to a Commonweal article on Dutch churches sending out liturgical items to places as far flung as Indonesia, the Dominican Republic, and in between. Even Italy. They sell, because otherwise the urge of capitalism would inspire recipients to melt down the silver and gold and peel off the gems.
Evelyn Verheggen, an art historian in the Rotterdam diocese, also spoke in terms of keeping a tradition alive. “When you give an object to another church, or a church in another country, it’s like someone donating a heart or another organ,” she said.
Except that healthy organs usually go the aged and the ill, not those who are healthy and young.
What do your parishes do with old liturgical items no longer used?