Catholic Church and Pope Francis: Religious institutions are exempted from nonprofit disclosure rules, so nobody knows how rich they really are. – Slate Magazine
Pope Francis is not just the spiritual leader of one of the world’s major religions: He’s also the head of what’s probably the wealthiest institution in the entire world. The Catholic Church’s global spending matches the annual revenues of the planet’s largest firms, and its assets—huge amounts of real estate, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Vatican City, some of the world’s greatest art—surely exceed those of any corporation by an order of magnitude. …
My Rant : How can that be possible ? If Charity and Compassion for the Poor and Suffering are building blocks of the Christian Doctrine, how can the Catholic Church (or any other Christian Church) be a multi billion dollar ‘corporation’ existing in a world full of poverty, hunger, suffering and deprivation??????? How false does a false prophet need to be fore we realize it??? How counterfeit must it be before we wake up????????? How can a church be dripping with gold while its faithful don’t have enough to eat? How can a church be full of pomp and splendor and harbor pedophiles? …..This is why I have no faith in anything “man made”. I will listen to a good teaching, a good sermon, a wise biblical interpretation, yet that is as far as it goes regarding input from fellow humans because there is no safe guard system protecting their work from the infiltration of corruption and human vice…. – I feel that for one’s Christian faith to be as pure and unadulterated as possible, it should be determined from a one on one relationship with Jesus, committing oneself to live according to Christ’s doctrine and relying on the guidance of the Holy Spirit throughout one’s life journey .
11 He answered, “Whoever has two coats should share with somebody who has none, and whoever has food should do the same.” ( Luke 3:11 CJB)