Vatican should crack down on liturgical abuses, not petty trademark cases
By Phil Lawler | May 03, 2016
Dunno about you, but I can’t get too worked up about the merchants who sell trinkets bearing an image of Pope Francis without authorization from the Vatican. Sure, it’s a trademark infringement. Sure, the Vatican loses money (did I touch on a sore spot there?) when the merchants don’t pay the licensing fee. But in the grand scheme of things, life doesn’t change very much when a kiosk outside St. Peter’s Square sells bogus Vatican flags.
Life does change, however, when the faithful don’t have access to the sacraments (What are the times for Confessions in your parish? From 3:05 to 3:07 on alternate Saturdays?), or when pleas of the laity for reverent liturgy are ignored.