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Trademarking the Papacy?

Patrick Madrid reports:

Did the Holy See Just Patent, Trademark, and Copyright the Papacy? No, really. It looks like that's what at least somebody in the HS press office intends to do. I did a double take when I saw this on their website today, but here's the declaration in plain English, not to mention in plain German, Spanish, Italian, French, and Portuguese.

What do you make of it?

I really don't see how this measure could possibly be enforced. And I have to wonder if the press office is really ready to be inundated with tens of thousands of faxes, letters, and e-mails containing requests for permission from parishes, publishing houses, universities (well, at least one), journalists, and bloggers who, if they take this requirement seriously (many, maybe most, won't).
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Anonymous said...

Why stop with the Pope?

They should trademark Cardinal, Bishop and Catholic too. That way places like Notre Dame, those gents in Vienna or Los Angeles, etc. would have to pick a new moniker when they were going to engage in heretical shenanigans.

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