Archdiocese Pulls Confessional From eBay, Can't Be Used As a Bar

An Austrian Catholic priest got into trouble with the Vienna archdiocese this week after he listed his church's confessional on eBay. The listing said it could be used as a "one-person sauna, a small bar or a children's playhouse."

Hirschstetten parish priest Otto Weber, who was selling the confessional, was going to use the money from the auction to pay for renovations of his church. But the listing was taken down after the confessional reached a high bid of 666.66 euros. According to the AP, a spokesman for the archdiocese told the Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper that selling "objects that were used for dispensing the sacraments is not acceptable," and that confessionals "should not be converted into saunas or bars." The spokesman didn't clarify whether using them for children's play areas is forbidden or not.

[AP]