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Catholic Church copyrights term “Saints”; football fans shocked!

Well, who knew?

This item, from a sports fan site, lays it all out (with tongue planted firmly in cheek):

In unrelated events, the following actions and cease and desist orders were served to the National Football League and NFL properties.

The office of the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, has sent a cease and desist order to the NFL for the use of the term “Saints.”

Apparently, in the year 602, Francesco Roccaforte, the Secretary of State under Pope Gregory I (also known as Gregory the Great for his great business acumen) filed for a perpetual international trademark on the term Saints.


In a press release the Cardinal Bertone’s office stated:

“We love the great people of New Orleans, their great football team, and their 300-plus years of Catholic tradition. However, we have found that the illegal use of the nickname Saints by the NFL franchise in New Orleans has caused great economic and spiritual harm to the Church. It has caused confusion among the faithful and we insist that the league immediately cease using our trademarked name.”

The amount of damages are not known, but financial analysts estimate the potential amount to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

There is also rumor that the Vatican may be filing a similar claim against the Arizona football franchise for use of the term Cardinals.

To find out the reasoning behind this, check the link.

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Deacon Steve Swope

posted January 29, 2010 at 4:55 pm

It is a well documented fact that owner Tom Benson, prior to naming the team asked the Archbishop of New Orleans if the name “Saints” would be offensive in any way. The Archbishop replied, “No, not at all, but you must remember that most of the Saints were martyrs too.” Until this year, the New Orleans team has consistently lived up to both……

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posted January 29, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Raised as a Catholic, I have but one question to the Church. Really? Is the Catholic Church that so ghard up for cash that it has do do this?
It is no wonder why so many are moving away from the Church to find other Denominations.

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Ed R

posted January 29, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Has to be a joke, right? The term ‘saint’ is from the New Testament and designates ‘one who believes’. Catholics made the term akin to a demigod – something never intended by the primitive church. I love the connection between the New Orleans Saints and the traditional Dixieland jazz song “When the Saints Go Marching In”. Since the New Orleans fans are true believers, that is good enough for me and should be for the trogodytic papacy.

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Richard Bonomo

posted January 29, 2010 at 11:01 pm

Yes, people, this is a joke. Good grief! Besides the obvious devices planted in the text, didn’t you see the “tongue planted in cheek” comment?
I think I will have to do something about the San Diego Padres.*
(*Yes, this is also a joke.)

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posted January 30, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Some people have no sense of humor.

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posted January 30, 2011 at 11:56 am

lol…you had me

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