Wealth of churches vs the wealth of people

Wealth of churches vs the wealth of people

The Greek Orthodox Church is currently coming under pressure to take less and give more as the country faces a dire financial crisis that could have a global impact.

The Church reportedly owns property worth up to 700 billion euros.

That is more than double the country’s national debt, a report in France 24 claimed out on Monday – yet it is the Greek state that pays the salaries and pensions of all Orthodox clerics in the country.

Thousands of people have joined a Greek Facebook group entitled “Tax the Church”.

However the Church has vehemently denied claims it is one of Greece’s biggest tax dodgers.

Of course, much has been written about the wealth of the Roman Catholic Church over the centuries, with the Pope often labelled the richest man on earth.

One of the motives Henry VIII had for breaking with the Church in the 1530s was to gain control of the Church’s wealth in England.

Much of the Vatican’s wealth is tied up in art and property.

The Catholic Church considers the “excessive accumulation of wealth by a few” to be a mortal sin, according to statements publicised by head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, when the Church published a modernised list of the seven deadly sins in the Vatican newspaper in 2008.

About The Voice Of Bombay's Catholic Laity

Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
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