Thursday, May 9, 2013

You Can't Post Those Words from the Bible

The proprietary status of the Scripture is becoming a problem for parishes that are wanting to broadcast text during liturgy rather than have everyone hold missalettes (which are expensive).

Here is a story about a parish that had to shut it down -- forced by the publisher.

By the way, I know this practice of putting words on a screen seems goofy and untraditional but I'm not entirely unsympathetic. There is nothing necessary traditional about people burying their heads in a book. Some 1,800 years of Christian worship transpired without hand-held resources in every pew. The desire to get rid of them makes sense -- even if overhead projectors are not the best way.