Coins In The Baptismal Font? Who Does That?

St. Francis of Assisi signThe Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has this sign posted at the entrance.

Check out the final item. Tourists need to be told not to throw coins into the baptismal font? Seriously?

I have seen tourists do some seriously stupid things but nothing quite that crass.

And what’s next? Please don’t drink the holy water?




4 thoughts on “Coins In The Baptismal Font? Who Does That?

  1. Sarah

    Actually, it’s easy for me to imagine that people who don’t share the faith would not know what a baptismal font is. I’m kind of more horrified that they have to tell people to silence their phones!

  2. Jeanne Leblanc Post author

    Agreed. I wouldn’t be surprised if some people didn’t know what it was. Assuming they know they’re in a church, though, I don’t understand why they would throw coins in it.

  3. Joe

    And you’d think that you wouldn’t have to tell the clergy not to sexually abuse children. The concept of “church” isn’t quite what it was and you have to wonder who cast the first stone…or tossed the first coin.


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