Ruffled Feather Quills

While it’s laudable to avoid commercialization and to connect these papal blessings to further the charitable work of the Vatican, it’s unfortunate that this decision will cut into the profits of hardworking Italians.

“A Papal Decision Leaves Some Feeling Less than Charitable,” the New York Times reports.


  1. It’s not so clear to me that said Italians are so much to be pitied. They are inflating the prices hugely, well beyond the guidelines, and complaining loudly because they’ve been making easy money on this and are used to it now and think it’s their due. From what I’ve read, this is a reform long overdue.

    1. @Rita Ferrone – comment #1:
      I agree. I am sure it is a hardship for vendors who are used to it, but it sounds like it has gotten out of hand, and should be stopped. As an aside, my grandparents had one, but it has to have been from over 50 years ago. Not sure where it is now, but I wouldn’t mind looking at it after reading the NYT article.

      1. @Charles Day – comment #2:
        Thanks, Charles.

        My favorite line in the story was Msgr, Ravelli’s:

        “That purpose seems to have gotten lost over time, the monsignor said. In too many cases, papal blessings were offered in shop windows, “like so many salamis,” he said.”

  2. And in five years, people will start criticizing the Vatican for selling blessings, and they will compare it to the sale of indulgences.

    Just a prediction. Wait and listen.

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