Here is a story about freedom and protectionism.
All licensing laws (yes, doctors and lawyers, too) are about protecting the in-crowd and keeping prices up. All licensing laws.
All licensing laws are sold as "protecting the public from the unlearned, unscrupulous, or incompetent. That is the big lie.
It is about money. Limiting the supply of any good or service props up prices.
Licensing is about money. And only money.
The story does not clearly say, but I assume that the problem is not that the monks make and sell caskets. The problem is that the monks sell caskets to the general public, so the sale does not go through the funeral directors.