January 27, 2006

LinkNews Digest [01/27/2005]

The Word of God, Now Copyrighted

For the first time all papal documents, including encyclicals, will be governed by copyright invested in the official Vatican publishing house, the Libreria Editrice Vaticana.

The edict covers Pope Benedict XVI’s first encyclical, which is to be issued this week amid huge international interest. The edict is retroactive, covering not only the writings of the present pontiff, as Pope and as cardinal, but also those of his predecessors over the past 50 years. It therefore includes anything written by John Paul II, John Paul I, Paul VI and John XXIII.

Publishers will have to negotiate a levy of between 3 per cent and 5 per cent of the cover price of any book or publication "containing the Pope's words". Those who infringe the copyright face legal action and a higher levy of 15 per cent.
The Union of Italian Catholic Publishers and Booksellers said that it had not been consulted, and that the edict "flies in the face of what we do -- spreading the Pope's message to the world".

A Vatican spokesman said that the Holy See had to defend itself against "pirated editions". The move is also aimed at "premature publication". Journalists accredited to the Vatican are handed papal texts under embargo. The Vatican said that if embargos were broken in future not only would the journalist face sanctions but also his or her publication would face legal action. (LINK )

Haggis Makers Refute Unhealthy Image

Praised by the poet Robert Burns as the "great chieftain o the puddin'-race", haggis has fallen foul of nutritionists, who say its "honest, sonsie face" hides a high fat and salt content unsuitable for small Scots. Haggis producers are outraged, insisting that its natural ingredients, such as lamb's liver and heart, onions and oatmeal, put it in a different category from mere burgers.

Alan Pirie of James Pirie and Son, the reigning Scottish haggis-making masters, said: "With good turnips and potatoes, there's nothing more nutritious than haggis. It's made of all natural ingredients - there's no rubbish in it at all. To compare it with processed meat like chicken nuggets or hot dogs is just ridiculous. It's a big knock for us for it to be compared to those."(LINK via Guardian Unlimited)

Hooters Gets Priest's Blessing

As part of a private opening party, Monsignor Isidore Rozycki, the head Catholic priest for the Greater Waco area, plans to bless the chain's newest location at New Road and Interstate 35. The public won't be able to attend the event. But they can bask in the divine dedication starting Tuesday morning, when the restaurant officially opens.

About 60 local ministers signed a letter this fall in which they expressed their disapproval of the restaurant. They said they oppose Hooters because it exploits women and bases its marketing campaign on sexual innuendo.

But to Rozycki, offering the blessing is just another way he can reach out and serve the community. He pointed to the biblical story of Jesus eating with a tax collector, even though men in that profession were considered among the worst of sinners. He says he doesn't see how attending the Hooters event is any different.

"I think it shows we are just catching up with bigger cities," the retired priest added. "We can't be narrow-minded. People won't accept that anymore. If they don't get it here, they'll go somewhere else. I think Hooters is just one of those commodities people should use in moderation.(LINK )

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