Sunday, August 3, 2014

Power and Glory

When you can't rely on providence
to support you in your opulence
just sit and relax.
It's all paid with tax!
We all pay for their extravagance.

CNN has a story detailing the prices of homes of bishops and archbishops in the United States. They range from a 'modest' 4 bed/4 bath house in which a single person lives to the $30 million mansion inhabited by the archbishop of New York. Because donations to churches are tax-exempt, all of these 'homes' are bought and maintained with tax-payer money.

Personally, I find it appalling that people who claim to follow Christ, who said that in order to get rewards in heaven you must sell all of your possessions and give the money to the poor live in luxury when there are hundreds of thousands homeless in this country, with millions more living in poverty and millions of children hungry. These are the same people who claim to follow the same man who said 

"And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go 
through the eye of needle,than for a rich 
man to enter into the kingdom of God."

They might claim that it's not actually their wealth, because it technically belongs to the Catholic Church, but I believe that if you are reaping the benefits of the wealth, and you have control of the wealth, then it is your wealth. You can not live in a multi-million dollar mansion and then claim that your organization is bankrupt when you rightly get sued for protecting your employees over the victims of their crimes.

The whole organization is morally bankrupt.

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