The Church’s investments are spread out among banks all over the world and include vast tracts of land and investments in some of the world’s largest corporations. Yet millions starve.
Even if I’m wrong
, and the Vatican is not the major financial powerhouse it seems to be, the hypocrisy of many local churches is undeniable.
Marble statues, stained glass, seasonal ornamentation and ornate tabernacles adorn my former church and many of those I have visited. While these expenditures beautify the church, just as the lavish Vatican does, this is little comfort to a person desperately in need of basic resources.
How can the Church possibly justify spending thousands, if not millions of dollars on such extravagances when people are dying from preventable plagues?
The best thing Catholics can do to cease the hypocrisy is demand financial transparency from their churches and question unnecessary expenditures. While in my years of Catholic education
, it was repeatedly stressed to me that the Catholic Church is not a democracy
. That doesn’t mean priorities can’t be changed as a response to the clarion calls of thousands of parishioners. These demands for change, however, will not be heeded if no one makes them.
you’re a Catholic, demand accountability from the institution that represents you.
-Beth Mendenhall is a senior in political science and philosophy. Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thu Nov 12 2009 17:17
And remember, Give a man a fish, they eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, he'll eat for a lifetime. To have all of their funds go directly to the poor without any education or system to help people in the long run would be irresponsible of the church. Some money HAS to go into programs, committees, facilities, etc. for a long-term goal. And I honestly have not known of any priest who has accumulated money beyond what they personally need.
Beth M = Ignorant
Thu Nov 12 2009 13:49
No Beth i will not be a member of your cult.
you, sir, are a bigot
Thu Nov 12 2009 09:27
; yet it does not have the utterly ruthless, exploitative character of child molestation. In almost all cases too, with the older teen-agers, there is an element of consent.
Also, the definition of "childhood" varies enormously between different societies. If an act of this sort occurred in most European countries, it would probably be legal, since the age of consent for boys is usually around 15. To take a specific example, when newspapers review recent cases of "pedophile priests," they commonly cite a case that occurred in California´s Orange County, when a priest was charged with having consensual sex with a 17-year-old boy. Whatever the moral quality of such an act, most of us would not apply the term "child abuse" or "pedophilia." For this reason alone, we need to be cautious when we read about scores of priests being "accused of child abuse."
Reminds me of this horrible crap that's going on in the 'dark-side' of the not so UnitedStatesofA:
(Glad they were caught though; keep tapping the pedo's lines! Please crack down on this scum fellow citizens; go ahead and pry into your coworkers, for the kids.)
Someone worked here:
Notice one of the first things mentioned
The ever-so-lucrative and wasteful for no reason in nearly 2010 subject.
"unnecessary expenditures" aka decoys for corporate; etc.. Rothstein, Jewish connections it's all there...FL firm; multiplied by other faith-covered firms from S.America, end-timers, human traffickers (racist more-than-likely), synthetic man-made drugs, all bad, all bad for prosperity, efficiency and a wiser life down the line. Media, who own's? What channel? Which money hoarding, drug abusing, woman abusing and psychotic LP is paid for to mass produce by who's company that goes to church, temple, mosque or whatever place of war'ship?
Seems all in all it's war on women and children. How backward and angering is that? Some folks addicted to the spectacles put forth by huge organized god places and nasty bottom-line influence peddling corprayshunz....
maybe it's the gorilla in some
atheist(s) that is feared most by god-fearing x.