Simony and the Catholic Church?

Still very much alive, writes Jeffrey Tucker at InsideCatholic.com.

… under the formal policies of the Catholic Church in the English-speaking world, if you publish and sell the Mass text, you must pay ICEL. If you record the Mass text, you must pay ICEL. If you put the Mass text on, for example, educational flash cards that are sold through a home-based family business, you must pay ICEL. If your parish choir records a CD and sells it in the parish to raise money for a new organ, it must pay ICEL.

That’s because ICEL claims to own the text, and so it can charge anyone for use. …

Even if you are not selling anything, you might still have to pay ICEL. Let’s say a local magazine publisher is a member of the parish and volunteers to print up programs for a Church dedication liturgy. That practice is excluded under ICEL’s permissions for free use. …

The Catholic Church’s problem with charging for ritual texts isn’t limited to ICEL. The approved version of Scripture is under copyright, and royalties are due for using that as well, even though that translation (the New American Bible) is widely considered the least elegant and accurate on the market.