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An interesting communique from the Vatican:


The Secretariat of State includes among its responsibilities the protection of the image of the Holy Father, so that his message may reach the faithful intact, and so that his person is not exploited.

For the same reasons, the Secretariat of State safeguards all symbols and official coats of arms of the Holy See via the appropriate regulatory instruments at international level.

To render this protection increasingly effective for the aforementioned purposes and to stop any illegal situations that may arise, the Secretariat of State carries out systematic surveillance activities to monitor the ways in which the image of the Holy Father and the coats of arms of the Holy See are used, taking appropriate action where necessary.



Hmmm, what to make of this.  A crack down on blogs that use the image of the Pope?  With this gang, who knows?

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  1. The Secretariat of State must protect the office of the Holy Father, the Vicar of Christ on earth, the Vatican. When Pope Francis is in error, the Secretariat of State must protect the Pope, not his error. Therein lies the great challenge.

  2. Weren’t there protest posters against Pope Francis popping up around Rome recently? I wonder if it’s related to that.

  3. Interesting that the Vatican is treating Pope Francis as a product.. Unfortunately, he is low quality product which nothing can salvage except the grace of God. Let us always pray for Pope Francis.

  4. Hopefully, this episode will be the catalyst that makes Milo stop his homosexual activity and even return to the Catholic Church. If this were to happen I wonder how many invitations he would receive from the MSM and the Catholic Church to tell his story? My guess is few due to the awkward situation of having the guilty interview the repentant.

    Let us pray for him.

  5. “[T]he Secretariat of State safeguards all symbols and official coats of arms”

    In Scotland, arms are protected by the Lyon Court against unlawful assumption and use, with both criminal penalties (it has its own Procurator-Fiscal) and civil remedies for the lawful bearer.

    The arms of foreign sovereigns are protected as a matter of comity; other foreign arms have to be matriculated, before they can be born in Scotland.

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