Q. 1. I was recently reading that Catholic Church gift shops and Catholic religious catalogs both sell Saint Joseph home seller kits. These kits include a statue of St. Joseph, a prayer card and a booklet describing St. Joseph. It is claimed that burying his statue upside down will help in selling one's house. Isn't this being superstitious? Where is the respect of religious objects? How can the Catholic Church support such an alleged "magical" practice?
A. 1. I have heard of these kits that you are referring to. As you indicated, the practice appears to be superstition.
I guess if the price of a property is right, soon or later the property will sell. If a person was to ask double the value of the property, no matter how many statues are buried, the property will not sell. If Catholic stores are selling this item in your neighbourhood, I recommend that you bring the matter to the attention of the Bishop. He has the authority to order an end to this practice.
On the internet, I have read the comment of a priest who will not condemn this practice. He alleges that he knows some Catholics who have successfully implemented this practice and these individual are not superstitious. They simply have a great devotion to Saint Joseph. I guess the same can be said about those who read their horoscope on a daily basis. They are not superstitious; they simply have a great devotion to the stars. And the same can be said about those who buy Lotto tickets. They are not superstitious; they simply place their faith in fate.
As long as the Church shall continues to close its eyes to practices that involves burying upside down statues, God's grace shall not shine on those individuals.