Discarding Religious Items

Q. I have numerous rosaries that are broken and need to be discarded. Some may have been blessed, but I’m not sure which ones. How does a faithful Catholic discard religious items?

G.N., via e-mail 

A. Here is a reply from Father Francis Hoffman, J.C.D

I am happy that you realize that devotional items that have been blessed (rosaries, statues, etc.) are not just ordinary stuff, and even if broken, they are not to be treated like junk. Here’s a simple solution: burn or bury. If you choose to bury the items in the backyard, then wrap them in paper and bury them a foot deep. Over time, nature will decompose the items and return them to the elements.