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The Vatican has awarded itself a "unique copyright" on the Pope's name, image, coat of arms, and any other symbol or logo related to the Holy Father. "The use of anything referring directly to the person or office of the Supreme Pontiff...and/or the use of the title 'Pontifical,' must receive previous and express authorization …

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Er, way too late

Don't they realise that I'm a Discordian Pope?

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Presumably ...

... redeployment of the redundant staff from the Limbo division has allowed an expansion of the copyright office.

Control and revenues must be maintained, it says so in the bible.

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Megaphone

Ever heard of King Henry VIII?

King Henry VIII has already told the Roman Catholic Church to take a hike,

Presumably this latest self-serving proclamation from Rome should be taken with equal disdain,

Instead of co-opting the property of the congregations that make up that particular church, the Pope and his coterie would be better employed in keeping the preachers out of the pants of the children in their care.

I, for one, will totally ignore this decision.

Pontifically yours, Pope

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Jobs Horns

Henry VIII was no pope...

When it comes to potential child molesters, everyone knows that it's parents, siblings, close relatives, in-laws, etc. that are the biggest risk to children - priests are way down the list, as are teachers and scout leaders as a matter of fact.

And at least the pope isn't doing this:

Change the name. Not that big of a deal.

Benedict

Sent from my iPhone

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So why have so many been covicted?

That children and 'natives' have been abused is beyond question.

And what of the small skeletons found in monasteries and attributed to children born to nuns?

No, the Pope has plenty on his plate without trying to co-opt the property of others.

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However,

unlike most families (unless your name is Fritzl) the church "family" has not done it best to protect the pedo priests, moving them from parish to parish when they are accused.

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FAIL

And

who exactly is this "pope" person and what's his/her importance in the world?

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Who is the pope?

He is one of a long line of men whi fancy they have the best connections to heaven.

Every one is a plageriser since they all pinch the name pope. They are hypocrites, as well, and take it upon themselves to detail how human sexual activities are to be conducted (also known as the 'Missionary' position which provided entertainment to much of the audiences).

This instruction is given by a man who, unnaturally, allegedly never has consummated such acts.

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Wait! Wait!

They can't copyright the current Pope's image... there's prior art. In fact, they are lucky Lucasfilm isn't already suing theme for their obvious infringement of the Emperor Palpatine's image!

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Wait! Wait! → # "..infringement of the Emperor Palpatine's image!"

Couldn't have said it better myself! LOL. Your right about the whole Emperor Palpatine theme.

;D

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Megaphone

Oh my God!

Enough.

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Paris Hilton

Guilt?

"you'll obey its 'copyright' in an effort to avoid spending the rest of your life wallowing in guilt."

It was my understanding that if you wanted to avoid spending the rest of your life wallowing in guilt, you stopped being Catholic.

I think the actual threat here is you'll have to do penance. Unless violating the Pope's copyright is a Mortal sin...

Paris, because I assume she'll play ball and refrain from wearing counterfeit papal vestments.

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Stop being Catholic - avoid guilt

Doesn't work. They just feel guilty about their lapsed Catholicism. I knew one woman who, I swear, if she ever accidentally found herself being happy, would immediately suffer pangs of guilt for having nothing to feel guilty about. Forget the sexual abuse, Ireland has been abusing every child raised there for nearly 1,500 years by forcing this shit down their throats.

(yep. married an Irish ex-Catholic.)

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In the beginning was the Word

and the Word didn't need copyright.

In fact, the Bible is an early veresion of Copyleft!

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Yeah...

...I remember the Word.

That Terry Christian was a right plonker.

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Hah.

Trademark? I'd *love* to see the prior-art claims on that one.

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Pope © Vatican 2009

Paris because, well... she likes his zucchetto®.

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I'm the Pope

And so is my wife.

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prior art

The pontificate was one of an ancient school of priests in pre-Christian Rome. Whilst hijacking other items (including the Saturnalia, which became Christmas) the Pope claimed for himself the office of Pontifex Maximus, the head priest. The Christian Pontiff did not take charge of the Vestal Virgins, a perk which originally went with the job.

Nevertheless, the term 'pontiff' was in use long before anyone had ever thought of being Catholic. but then I guess people were using windows long before they became a trademarked operating system.

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Tough luck

"The Bishop of Rome hath no jurisdiction in this Realm of England"

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Black Helicopters

Ha, take that

The Pope wears Balmoral Tartan pajamas, with feet !

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@ AC, 19:18 GMT

wasn't that always a 'Him' ? Can't be a 'She', can it ??

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Absolutely correct

There's a special Papal chair, sedia stercoraria, which is/was used to display the papal scrotum and contents to the appropriate cardinals who would proclaim : ‘testiculos habet et bene pendentes 'testiculos habet et bene pendentes’ (he has testicals and they are well hung)

Would never do to have a woman in power in the Catholic church!

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Fire and damnation.

You're all going to hell for this, dog told me this morning... Remember: "If Jesus saves, he'd better save himself from the glory glory seekers who use his name in jest..." Oh, wait, it's the pope...

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Fire and damnation. #

Classic! LOL!

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Other churches already do

I believe that DRM (Digital Rabbi Management) is already used to stop illicit copies of Lionel Blue.

It might make Mr Paisley's speeches a little tedious if he has to say "tm" at the end of each denunciation.

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What about the Coptic pope?

The Coptic church has had popes several hundred years longer than the RCs.

I wonder if anyone in the frescoed halls of the Vatican was aware that this kind of thing merely induces laughter and makes the RC church ever more a risible target of sarcasm.

Given the retrogressive spirit of the current incumbent in Rome, I can easily imagine him lying awake at night wondering how the papacy can recover its temporal authority.

Big Brother since there's no "Big Papa" icon.

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Pint

Pontifical notice

As soon as I can find the time I'm gonna generously sprinkle some "Pope", "pontifical" and assorted coat of arms everywhere I can (beginning with my websites for example). Oh and ain't I a lucky chap, holiday ahoy! Plenty of time thanks to the end-of-year festive period...

Pontifical beer all round.

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Enforcement

Presumably the enforcement will be the use of lightning bolts against transgressors?

I guess that means we have to modify some well-known saying and end up with "Is the bear a Catholic". On the bright side, no need to check for faeces in the woods.

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Megaphone

I'm just F*kcd off with ....

religion ruling our lives all day, every day, every where. IMHO it is a criminal offense and abuse to cram religious belief into the minds of children. I would suggest that the age of 16 years is a more appropriate age to allow people to MAKE THEIR OWN MINDS up. Whilst I am an atheist, (did you guess) I would agree that learning about these myths and legends, sorry theological beliefs, is an important part of the general education that children should receive.

(SOS rant over - enjoy the winter solstice every body).

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Hey, you...

...Northern geographist, you!

Stop displaying your geographical bigotry - we're enjoying a summer solstice down here!

No coat: too warm...

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What about...

Is this going to cause any problems for the various Orthodox churches? And, of course, when speaking of the Pontifex Maximus, there could also be secular claimants to the throne of Caesar.

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Go

Who's pope?

Set Cerebus the Aardvark on him

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"great increase of affection and esteem for the person of the Holy Father."

See icon.

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Copyright?

Wouldn't that be more like a trademark?

I can understand where they're coming from a little bit though. Any time I've visited a Catholic country I seen the Pope's picture all over random pieces cheap plastic junk. So I don't blame him for wanting to either put a stop to it or get a share of the profit.

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Answer

I'm betting on B.

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So when required to confirm the blindingly obvious...

...can I still say, "Is the Pope Jewish?"

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so now what...??

What can sh*t in the woods while a bear is Catholic?

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attribute credibility and authority

I for one would consider any credibility and/or authority of a project diminished if it was associated with the Pope or his pedophile-protecting organization. For such an irrelevant bunch, they have way too much power in the world still, politically.

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John Lennon

It's a bit like any piece of John Lennon merchandise, where you'll find "John Lennon is a registered trademark of Yoko Ono Lennon" printed on it somewhere...

"The Pope is a registered trademark of the Holy See. Not to be used without divine permission."

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Just to be clear

We can still pontificate about the merits of the reverse cowgirl over the missionary position when it follows the pagan feast of the corpus cavernosum right?

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Ceci n'est pas une Pope.

Carole Pope of Rough Trade should have something to say about that.

...not to mention Sinead O'Connor.

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In honor of Papal Abstention...

I demand a new unit of measure from El Reg, known as pope, to describe the amount of hot air exhausted by sheep traveling in a vacuum. Or something similar.

Mine's the one dripping with sarcasm...

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Never let the facts get in the way of bigotry

The statement issued by the Vatican doesn't use the word Copyright. The article that the Reg references even uses quotes around the word to indicate (somewhat perversely!) that it isn't an actual quote from the Vatican statement.

The only significant element of the referenced article that the Reg leaves out is the bit that explains that this "crackdown" (oops, now I'm using quote marks to indicate a non-quote!) is aimed at "attempts to use ecclesiastical or pontifical symbols and logos to "attribute credibility and authority to initiatives"".

In other words, initiatives aimed at a Catholic audience, by people/institutions that probably don't want to get in a shouting match with the Vatican.

It took less time to find the original statement on the Vatican website than most of your bigoted posters took to write their posts.

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Re: bigotry

I think you'll find that "for ends and activities which have little or nothing to do with the Catholic Church." hardly describes "initiatives aimed at a Catholic audience, by people/institutions that probably don't want to get in a shouting match with the Vatican."

And it took me less time to find that statement than it took you to write your post (You'll note that I refrained from using the word "bigoted" here. It was hard but I won't be the one reaching the Godwin Point, especially while talking about the current Pope: too easy, given his interesting youth)

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@Al Jones

"It took less time to find the original statement on the Vatican website than most of your bigoted posters took to write their posts."

Yep, that's why their comments were worth reading, and yours wasn't.

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'unique copyright' on Pope

We don't need no stinkin' Pope. . .As if we need the Vatican's permission to get into heaven or something. The people of the world could reduce the entire Vatican to a pile of dust, and it wouldn't change the fact that God will always be God, the son of God will always be the son, and the apostles will always be who they are.

The Vatican cannot copyright or trademark the holy cross, the image of the holy spirit or anything representative of the holy spirit, or the son of the holy spirit. The Vatican is simply a regional corporate representative for the church on planet Earth. We already know where "HQ" is.

We will deal with the Vatican the same way we deal with other copyright overlords... "P2P". ;p

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Hell

Presumably if the pope's name is quoted without permission, you will burn in hell come your own personal day of judgement. What a load of plonkers.

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Ha!

I'm off to setup my pope-ona-rope stand. Makes a perfect gift!

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