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Former NY cathedral offers burial plot for $7M

August 23, 2016

In an effort to raise funds for a church restoration, the Basilica of Saint Patrick's Old Cathedral in New York is offering a six-person burial plot in its crypt in return for a donation of at least $7 million.

The burial plot was originally intended for clergy, according to a local television station.

The Basilica of Saint Patrick's Old Cathedral served as the seat of the New York diocese, and then archdiocese, from 1815 until 1879.


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  • Posted by: brenda22890 - Aug. 24, 2016 9:57 AM ET USA

    As a New Yorker, I have seen the extensive repairs needed for Old St. Patrick's - and support the restoration efforts. In a time when old churches are abandoned, Cathedrals throughout the West are turned into museums, and new churches are built looking like pole barns, it is worthwhile to save a beautiful and sacred place that was built with the pennies of laborers in an era when Catholic was a dirty word and the worshipers there were routinely discriminated against.

  • Posted by: unum - Aug. 24, 2016 1:04 AM ET USA

    How much would Jesus ask for a burial plot?

  • Posted by: polish.pinecone4371 - Aug. 23, 2016 7:56 PM ET USA

    A burial plot is not a holy thing like a relic. You buy burial plots in cemeteries, which are consecrated ground.

  • Posted by: garedawg - Aug. 23, 2016 11:31 AM ET USA

    Isn't the selling of holy things forbidden by church law?