Pope says Catholic Church needs ‘a heart of poverty, not a heart of a businessman’

http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.5013825574078362&pid=15.1Pope Francis said that the Catholic Church, which rakes in hundreds of millions of euros each year, should follow the example of St Peter and not seek to accumulate wealth.

The Argentine pontiff said during Mass at Saint Martha’s House, the Vatican residence where he lives, that the truth of the Gospel should be announced with “simplicity and gratuitousness”.

“The works of the Church must go forward… but with a heart of poverty, not a heart of investment or of a businessman.

“Saint Peter did not have a bank account and when he had to pay taxes, the Lord sent him to sea to fish a fish with a coin inside in order to pay.”

Francis has issued a some cost-cutting reforms within the Vatican that include cutting the €25,000 allowance normally paid to members of the oversight commission of cardinals of the controversial Vatican Bank, the IOR.

The IOR has frequently been investigated in connection with money laundering scams.
Looking at income in Italy alone the Vatican rakes in around £800m a year  from taxpayers’ donations.

It also has considerable stockmarket investments and owns thousands of properties, some of which operate as profit-generating enterprises — and most of which enjoy tax breaks.


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2 Responses to Pope says Catholic Church needs ‘a heart of poverty, not a heart of a businessman’

  1. Very true, yet in actual fact the church is doing the opposite. Big money, , plenty of authority, absolutely no accountability and the height of nepotism rules the administration of the Catholic church. We the people are now getting up and will demand a change. Pope Francis is also behind us, in our efforts to clean the rot within.

  2. The Church all over the world is one of the largest property/real estate owners/landlords; same goes for India; therefore since there is big money in landed property our clergy is making hay whilst the sun is shining. Pope Francis will take some time to understand and correct this after all he is first a Jesuit and then he was elected Pope. It is the wily diocesan/secular clergy who are the culprits in all this rot.

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