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Louisiana monks win battle to sell coffins

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A win for David over Goliath! The Benedictine Monks at St. Joseph’s Abbey on the North Shore have finally won the last battle in their fight to make and sell plain, pine coffins!

The Louisiana State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors fought the monks hammer and nail for five years to make them stop, basically because the simple pine coffins are so much cheaper than the fancy funeral home versions.

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to overturn a lower court ruling, meaning that the monks do not have to have a funeral director’s license to sell their caskets to the public.