New Jersey court upholds Newark archdiocese in sales of cemetery headstones
Catholic World News - April 30, 2014
A New Jersey court has upheld the right of the Newark archdiocese to market headstones in archdiocesan cemeteries. The court rejected a complaint that the archdiocesan cemeteries were engaged in unfair business practices.
Last year the Newark archdiocese began selling headstones. Other leading dealers in cemetery memorials challenged that practice, saying that it should be forbidden under the terms of a law that forbids nonsectarian cemeteries from selling headstones. The Superior Court of New Jersey rejected that argument. The headstone dealers fear that the archdiocese, and other religious cemeteries, will put them out of business.
The Newark archdiocese, which anticipates revenues of $500,000 this year from the sale of headstones, has acknowledged that it should pay delinquent taxes on the sales.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our August expenses ($33,389 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!