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First article[edit]

This article was written because I found the subject interesting and could not find good definitions for the term beyond the Catholic Church. It's my first attempt at an article, so please be gentle with your criticism but feel free to tell me what I did wrong either here or on my talk page. I'm hoping this endeavor will be a positive learning experience for me. Getting my feet wet as it were. I look forward to watching the evolution of an article from it's inception. badmonkey 23:19, 4 July 2006 (UTC)


Here is the list of items I had in my personal copy of the article as Todo items before I moved it to the public namespace. badmonkey 23:19, 4 July 2006 (UTC)

  • Verify that the catholic church only deconsecrates spaces and not objects (I did finally find a reference [1] that implies that deconsecration of relics may not be possible at least within the catholic church if someone wants to second it as authentic, I think it can either be incorporated in or the portion about relics can be taken out - badmonkey 26 Nov 2011)
  • Follow up with priest regarding deconsecration websites
  • Follow up with Buddhist monk about deconsecration and consecration in that religion
  • Find Islamic sources
  • Find a public domain picture of deconsecration

Improvement needed[edit]

The article doesn't seem to be in very good shape. Maybe improvement efforts could start with more concrete specifics (as opposed to semi-vague generalizations). AnonMoos (talk) 16:43, 19 November 2010 (UTC)

What's involved?[edit]

What is actually involved in deconsecration? Some kind of ceremony or just a striking from the records? I'm surprised by the last sentence that says it's a protestant practice not known in the Catholic Church. My intuition tells me it ought to be the other way round: I can imagine protestants thinking of their places of worship as simply a building where the faithful gather to hear the word of God, and if it no longer serves that function it is simply a building, while I imagine Catholics to be more concerned with the sanctity of spaces based on their having been consecrated. I have heard that holy relics are placed in most or all Catholic churches when they are built or consecrated. Presumably these are removed? If they aren't, wouldn't whoever is using the building as an office or nightclub or whatever be desecrating the place, in the Catholic imagination? Beorhtwulf (talk) 22:55, 28 February 2011 (UTC)

There's a reference to Catholic deconsecration at the article Sant'Andrea degli Scozzesi. Count Truthstein (talk) 20:52, 21 May 2011 (UTC)

Food and other objects[edit]

Can kosher and halal food be deconsecrated? Can other objects be deconsecrated? If so, how? If not, then why not? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:57, 28 December 2013 (UTC)