This for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers.
Ever since the bank had gone to the wall and its officials defrocked and imprisoned, the Pope had been exploring ways to maintain the flow of money to fund the church’s on-going drive to convert the heathen and to guarantee the comfortable lifestyle of the Vatican hierarchy. It was no surprise then that the Third Vatican Council called on all parishioners to pray for ideas about fund-raising as part of their spiritual routine.
The gentle folk of the parish of Birkenstock-under-Willow suggested selling genuine relics of the True Cross. They assured their bishop they had an abundant supply.