Gagging order


Imagine our surprise when recently we received a lawyers’ letter from Baker & McKenzie, the second largest law firm in the world, demanding that we surrender the domain name of this site ( to Fr Arturo Marcelino Sosa Abascal SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, on the grounds that readers might plausibly conclude that this site is an official organ of the Society.

Our own lawyers, Winckworth, Pemberton and Sloth, have replied expressing surprise that no one in the office of so prestigious a firm was aware that ignatiushisconclve was an allusion to a work of one John Donne (deceased), and intended to indicate that the site is satirical in nature. Any reader would, they pointed out, immediately conclude that the site was independent of the said Society from the fact that the Archbishop of Canterbury was a regular contributor, and that it contained no articles by Fr James Martin.

We await a response.


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