As most of you know, the particular conflict has been resolved.
Here’s the chronology:
1. Guy puts the Eucharist up on eBay
2. Good samaritan places “Buy it now” order
3. eBay considers that a done deal, but buyer must still send check and seller must ship Eucharist.
4. Diocese gets involved and convinces guy it’s a bad idea.
5. I presume the buyer is happy to cancel the deal and doesn’t send money.
6. Somebody pays eBay their fee, but the Eucharist goes to the diocese and the other transaction doesn’t take place.
But all is not done. The remaining issue is...will Ebay put "hosts consecrated in Catholic Masses" on its "banned items list?"
(One could, of course, expand that to include things like "holy water," any eucharistic material from any denomination, chrism, and so on. The contentious issue of relics has, to my knowledge never been resolved. First-class relics may not be sold on Ebay, since they are human remains, but in recent years, the angle has been to sell a reliquary, and include the relic "as a gift." I am not sure if that is still permitted.)
Here is the list of items banned on Ebay. The list is continually expanded. Recent additions include WTC and Pentagon-related items (artifacts from the destruction, I assume), hate (Nazi, KKK)- related items, and, as this Catholic League release indicates, a book critical of the pharmaceutical industry.
There's been some discussion online on trying to get Ebay to put consecrated Hosts under one of the already established categories of banned items. It seems to me to be more practical to simply convince Ebay to create a category that would include consecrated Hosts. Some of the banned item categories are very specific - the category related to Native American artificacts, for example, is not about items used in Native American ceremonies in general, but specifically:
Native American human remains, gravesite-related items, and burial items may not be listed on eBay. Native American masks and "prayer sticks" from all Southwestern tribes are also prohibited. This prohibition includes Native Hawaiian human remains, gravesite-related items and burial items.
I'd encourage us all to sign it, and, if y ou are a member of Ebay or PayPal, to write Ebay with an additional request. If we get blown off, it's time to cancel those Ebay and Paypal memberships, en masse. I'll do it, and I'll let you know if it comes to that.