Yes, the pastor or the bishop obviously can intervene if somebody is acting in a manner that misleads others.But I think a more important issue is the one raised by the visitor I quoted this morning:
But, more importantly, the case of wearing clothing that’s substantially similar to the habit of an order to which one does not belong would constitute trademark infringement. That obviously would be a much more serious matter than simply introducing yourself to other members of your parish as “Brother John.”
I can form a private association prayer group at my church, appoint myself Supreme Poobah, wear religious type of clothing and adorn myself with all sorts of private devotion images and accoutrements. Unfortunately, that would cause quite a bit of confusion from those who do not necessarily know me in regard to my public/private religious affiliation status. If I do or say untoward things in this garb, I run the serious risk of committing scandal and damaging the Body of Christ in His Church.The garb of the Gilbertines is unique and doesn't violate any copyright. Yet the instance Dcn Bengry cites in his own 2012 homily, of appearing to be intoxicated in public and, whether in a habit or not, recognized as clergy by a parishioner, ought to be cause for disquiet, as the potential for scandal here is not remote, irrespective of copyright violation.