I have to ride herd occasionally on music people here at the parish. We have licensing to reprint music, but to be “helpful,” a non-music person provided lyrics for a recent student liturgy. No attribution. No copyright. A hundred copies had to be pulled and tossed.

Very interesting story surfacing at RNS today. Is Cardinal Gerhard Müller plagiarizing from the NCReg? Or has Ann Carey become an official consultant for the CDF?

Ms Carey penned the NCReg report on the Cardinal Müller‘s talk. The commentary on it illustrates why some bishops have voiced reservations on blogging. Second-hand information–gossip, in other words–is taken as fact and people readily fly with it, calling for excommunication, among other things.

The truth is that these stories stir up quite a bit of heat in some quarters of the Church. And nobody is going to be satisfied by the results. No penalties will be harsh enough for some. And any escape or leniency will be decried. The only winners are the one who benefit from increased internet traffic.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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