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DECEPTION WATCH: TREND TO 'SPINNING' CHURCH TEACHING ON WEALTH OR ACCUSING VATICAN OF HYPOCRISY ARE WRONG
Many are confused when it comes to the Church and the issue of money. It is not true that the Vatican is awash in cash and thus hypocritical for criticizing materialism, uncontrolled capitalism, and excessive wealth.
While our Church certainly has invaluable art, plus vast land holdings (witness St. Patrick's Cathedral on Fifth Avenue in New York), they are not disposable wealth; they are not for expenditure; the current Pope lives in what amounts to a dorm room (the majority of those reading this have a bedroom far more appointed) and John Paul II's sleeping quarters, despite location in the papal apartments, were equally spare: a dresser and single bed and table (he often slept on the floor, the was less ornate than many who are officially categorized in the U.S. as impoverished).
It is a myth that the Vatican is super-wealthy. The Vatican often runs at an annual budgetary loss ($19 million in the red in 2011), and has an operating budget that's one tenth that of Harvard University -- a single university -- and less than a fourth a Catholic university like Notre Dame (which operates independent of Rome).
While the Vatican City State -- which includes the famous museums -- operated at a $21 million surplus one recent year, the art there -- priceless though it is -- "can never be sold but is kept for the benefit of humankind and requires millions of dollars to maintain and restore," notes one Vatican reporter. It is not a liquid asset.
"Though the Vatican Museum collects entry fees, that money is used to defray the mammoth maintenance and restoration costs."
Our Church runs more charities and hospitals than any other entity on the planet and often contributes to nations that have suffered disasters.
Have there been abuses? Of course. Humans work at places such as its bank. There have been abuses in dioceses (take the bishop from Germany who was recently chastised for building an opulent mansion). Many cardinals, bishops, and priests could tone down their lifestyles. Those who are living a bit too luxuriously should hear from us (the current Pope even encourages the laity to write them notes).
But financial abuses are not common.
And hypocritical the Church is not.
What does it say about money?
John Paul II once said that without God, capitalism and socialism are equally evil (Benedict also made the same point, though both railed against the Marxist form of socialism, which is exactly that -- Godless).
"Catholic social doctrine is not a surrogate for capitalism," the great John Paul stated in Centesimus Annus (42). "In fact, although decisively condemning 'socialism' the Church, since Leo XIIIís Rerum Novarum, has always distanced itself from capitalistic ideology, holding it responsible for grave social injustices. In Quadragesimo Anno Pius XI, for his part, used clear and strong words to stigmatize the international imperialism of money. This line is also confirmed in the more recent magisterium, and I myself, after the historical failure of communism, did not hesitate to raise serious doubts on the validity of capitalism, if by this expression one means not simply the 'market economy' but 'a system in which freedom in the economic sector is not circumscribed within a strong juridical framework which places it at the service of human freedom in its totality.'"
We are meant to take what we have, sustain our families, and seek the good of society with what is left, is the philosophy of Catholicism.
Benedict XVI agreed.
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