Monks Fight Louisiana Funeral Industry over Right to Build Coffins
In need of a new trade to make money for their monastery, the Benedictine monks of Saint Joseph Abbey in Covington, Louisiana, took up casketing-making a few years ago to help support themselves. But then the state board that regulates the funeral industry found out about the simple wooden caskets the monks were constructing and selling, and threatened the monastery with fines and criminal charges. Under state law, anyone working in the funeral business must be certified by the Louisiana State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.
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