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St Hugh of Lincoln argues that using his teeth on a bone of Mary Magdalene is no different from eating the body of Christ:

'If a little while ago I handled the sacred body of the Lord with my fingers in spite of my unworthiness, and partook of it with my lips and my teeth, why should I not treat the bones of the saints in the same way - and without profanity acquire them whenever I can.'

Quoted Jonathan Sumption Pilgrimage, Faber 1975, page 35

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