George Weigel has another column up at NRO.  Say what you will about that last one (and I agreed with most of the guff he took about it), ya gotta admit he’s right on the mark in this one when he suggests that it is rather amusing to be reading “high-voltage rhetoric in defense of Caritas in Veritate from people who would rather have had a barbed-wire colonoscopy than see Joseph Ratzinger elected pope back in 2005.”  

Now there’s an image.

I also must nod energetically at this comment of his:

Finally, and of possible concern only to those fascinated by the most inside of Catholic inside baseball, it will be interesting to see the effect of the encyclical’s strictures against too-stringent laws protecting intellectual property rights on what some would regard as the excessive claim of the Libreria Editrice Vaticana, the Holy See’s publishing house, to a property right in virtually every word spoken by this pope. 

For example: Before my aforementioned little book Your Guide to Caritas in Veritate: Charity in Truth goes to press, someone (me or the publisher) will have to write to the Vatican and ask permission to quote the encyclical.  The Vatican will write back and say, Sure, if you pay us $X (and X will be several hundred dollars).  

We’ll have to pay money to the Vatican for the right to quote a papal encyclical!  It was not like this five years ago.  It has been for the past four.  See a problem with that?


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