Vatican to stop cigarette sales

Vatican to stop cigarette sales

[I will not get into the question if this is a change in Church teaching because of the many previous popes who have enjoyed smoking in one form or another, but I offer the suggestion that the Vatican can make up for the 10,000,000 Euros ($11.6 million) annual loss of revenue from cigarette sales by contributions from the profits of the German bishops’ porn publishing venture (Weltbild) with an annual gross of more than 1.7 billion Euros ($2,000,000,000)]

Catholic World News – November 09, 2017]

Pope Francis has ordered a stop to cigarette sales at the Vatican.

Greg Burke, the director of the Vatican press office, announced on November 9 that that cigarette sales would be stopped, beginning in 2018, because “the Holy See cannot contribute to an activity that clearly damages the health of people.” He cited World Health Organization statistics showing that cigarettes contribute to the death of seven million people annually worldwide.

Cigarettes have long been available at the supermarket inside Vatican City, for sale to Vatican employees and pensioners and accredited pensioners. Because the sales at Vatican shops are not subject to Italian sales taxes, the prices were attractive, and sales were brisk. (Ironically, cigarette smoking is not allowed at the Vatican; many of the purchases were obviously intended for re-sale or as gifts.) Revenues from cigarette sales have contributed substantially to the Vatican’s coffers, reportedly amounting to €10 million a year.

However, Burke said, “no profit can be legitimate if it puts lives at risk.”

Source: Declaration of the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke

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7 comments on “Vatican to stop cigarette sales

  1. “Faithful Catholics have an obligation not to follow or obey the Pope if he clearly contradicts perennial teachings of the Catholic Church.” Exactly, see the next post: “if you got ’em somke ’em,” just make sure you came into Mass at the Offetory. Though I must say I do rue the last white smoke that billowed forth from the Vatican chimney.

    • [According to at Gloria.TV, Amici della Croce agrees that the white smoke from the last papal-election conclave has been “toxic” for the Church]

      Vatican: At Least Smoking Is Considered Harmful

      The Vatican decided not to sell cigarettes anymore because “no profit can be legitimate if it puts people’s lives at risk”.

      Amici della Croce comments ironically, “At the next conclave, I would suggest that the Vatican use an ‘electronic white smoke’ rather than the traditional one, which I find highly polluting. The last smoke was indeed very toxic. We have seen this every day since.”

      And, “In the chaos and confusion the Church is in, there is at least one rock-solid certainty: smoking is harmful.”

      [Don’t forget the “smoke of Satan” that Pope Paul VI said in 1972 had “entered the temple of God [i.e., the Church] … from some fissure [that leads to Hell].”

  2. (TV) Fr. Guido Sarducci: You know, all this anti-smoking is really starting to hit home. You wonder, what’s becoming of Europe anymore? We’a gotta get along with the French and the Greeks ’cause of the European Union. We gotta love immigrants who wanna kill us. And now? We gotta give up smoking? Well, I mean, we just can’t buy them tax free at the Vatican anymore.

    You know, I used to view buying cigarettes at the Vatican kinda like a donation, like Peter’s Pence. Don’t forget Saint Pius X liked to smoke. He liked snuff, too, but I always thought that’s-a kinda gross. But now? Maybe our one-lung pope needs more fresh air.

    Anyhow, yeah, I like to smoke. Not that I’m-a sayin’ it’s good for you. But does anybody think it is? I mean, I remember an old John Wayne movie, I think, where some soldier asked another to bum a “coffin nail.” See, they knew. But nowadays it seems you’a don’t get to decide for yourself.

  3. Küng Fu: Modernism the Legend Continues

    Master Po: What is troubling you, Grasshopper?

    Kwai Chang: I am confused, Master.

    Master Po: What is puzzling you, Grasshopper?

    Kwai Chang: I am wondering, Master, if the Pope banning the sale of cigarettes in the holy city of the Vatican means that a smoking ban is now part of the Magisterium.

    Master Po: Strange are the ways of the cycle of karma, are they not, Grasshopper?
    If a crocodile sees a duck swimming across the water, must he be late for dinner because it is rude not to serve guests first?

    Kwai Chang: I cannot be certain, Master.

    Master Po: Why can you not be certain, Grasshopper?

    Kwai Chang: Because David Hume has forbidden me from being certain on metaphysical matters, Master.

    Master Po: Then I shall put it to you another way, Grasshopper. If Sylvester the Cat finds that Tweety Bird has left his cage, should he offer him a ride home or ask him to stay for dinner?

    Kwai Chang: I cannot be certain, Master.

    Master Po: Why are you not certain, Grasshopper?

    Kwai Chang: Perhaps I did not read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance as carefully as I should have, Master, and have not yet experienced satori sufficiently to be worthy of such knowledge.

    Father Mulcahy, S.J.: Oh, yes, that book is a bit confusing. Of course, Zen Buddhism requires some concentration even without detours through neo-Kantian epistemology and graduate seminars at the University of Chicago.

    Foghorn Leghorn: Now, Boy, pay attention, Boy! Listen to me when I’m talkin’ to ya, Boy. If the Pope says, “No Smokin’!” what’s a good ol’ boy say to that, Boy? Are we gonna listen to some Italian Renaissance prince in Rome tell us where to buy our smokes? Or are we gonna tell him where to go where the sun don’t shine? Ya hear what I’m sayin’ to ya, Boy? Is it gettin’ through to ya?

    Captain Kirk: Mister Spock! A papal ban on selling cigarettes in the Vatican … analyze
    using your usual superior Vulcan logic which we no longer call “superior” in public discussions in order to avoid being accused of neo-Pelagian triumphalism and excessive rigidity by sensitive liberals and progressive modernists who might be less familiar with Aristotelian logic due to changes in curriculum from the Land O’Lakes conference and who, therefore, might view displays of logic as triggering events and microaggressions …

    Spock: Fascinating, Captain. Perhaps a logical analysis, using Occam’s razor, would get to the heart of the matter. There are differences of opinion on smoking, Captain. If you will permit me to consult the ship’s computer, I can compile a complete list of them for the analysis.

    Gomez Addams: But the Holy Father forgot to mention anything about cigars!

    Gomez: You don’t mind a little cigar smoke before we tango, do you, my dear?

    Robin: Holy smokes, Batman! He did forget to mention cigars.

    Batman: And pipe tobacco, Robin.

    Steve Douglas: That’s good to know.

    Professor Tolkien: We’re in the clear for now …

    Watson: Oh, well, they still allow pipes, Holmes.

    Jeff Spicoli: What about weed?

    Dylan: Right on, Spicoli! What about weed?

    Walker Percy: What about whisky?

    Dr. Strangelove: He doesn’t like the zigarette smoking?

    Father Guido Sarducci: It’s a problem, no? I get mine in a little shop in the Piazza Navona, but now when I run out in the Vatican….

    Church Lady: Oh, it’s a filthy, dirty, stinky habit that leads to LUNG cancer. So let’s put that nasty thing out, shall we, Father?

    Father Mulcahy, S.J.: Of course, it could be useful to determine whether the primary issue had to do with the harmful effects of smoking on health, profiting from the sale of tobacco products, or the social justice issues concerning the farm workers on tobacco plantations ….

    Kwai Chang: Forgive me, Master, if I did not understand Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance as clearly as I should have, but perhaps the Holy Father is concerned that cigarette smoking contributes to global warming and climate change. Surely scientists have measured the carbon footprint of tobacco smoking and sent their findings to the Holy Father’s climate change conferences ….

    The Pope: Bingo!

    Hans Küng: I would like to comment that…

    The Riddler: A little air freshener should help. But let’s open the windows to let in all of that fresh air in the modern world!

    Reverend Neuhaus: That’s my opening….Forgive me for interrupting again as aggressive and pushy professional Protestant converts sometimes do, but speaking as a semi-recovering former Lutheran familiar with the pitfalls of eliminating reason and logic from discussions of religion, this might be a good time to discuss the Naked Public Square in modernity, Max Weber’s concept of disenchantment in modern culture, and Professor Taylor’s secularization theories….

  4. (Man, How. Absurd, what are smoking?!?)

    (in the interest of full disclosure I offered this exclusive scoop to the neo-Catholics at Rorate but they never got back to me)

    This ban on smoking portends an upcoming encyclical that will allow the use of the Birth Control Pill. For the use of nicotine greatly increases the chance of throwing a brain embolising blood clot. Therefore that nicotine must be banned before unbanning BCPs.

    (Yes, its a woman’s health issue in more ways than one, which is right up there with enviromental issues.)

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