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From what I understand, the Vatican spends most of it's money helping poor people across the globe, paying it's employees and the upkeep of historically-significant sites like St. Peters basilica.
Last year, a sheaf of documents was leaked by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's former butler in a scandal known as the Vatileaks affair. The documents allegedly showed, for example, tens of millions of dollars in transfers to American dioceses to help pay legal settlements -- estimated to have cost the American church more than $3 billion so far -- surrounding the priest sex abuse scandals.
During his eight-year tenure, Benedict reportedly made progress toward reforming the Vatican Bank, replacing its president and creating a financial-intelligence committee. But by most accounts, the Vatican Bank still needs greater scrutiny and transparency.
A Montana Roman Catholic diocese filed for bankruptcy on Friday as part of a proposed $17.5 million settlement with hundreds of adults alleging childhood sexual abuse by its priests, nuns and lay workers, a church spokesman said.
Lawyers representing victims of sexual assault that allegedly occurred for more than 40 years at the Ursuline Academy in St. Ignatius are pledging to take the case to trial this summer – even after the Catholic Diocese of Helena filed for bankruptcy Friday to settle a similar lawsuit.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena, Mont., planned to file for bankruptcy on Friday to pave the way for a $15 million settlement of lawsuits alleging clergy members sexually abused 362 children over five decades, according to a diocese spokesman.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Stockton, Calif., which is the 10th Catholic diocese in the U.S. to enter Chapter 11 protection as a result of increasing sexual-abuse claims, has received a judge's approval of its initial bankruptcy requests.
Fair enough, WW. I am not able to properly confirm or debunk that info simply because I have not looked in to it in depth, but for the sake of discussion I will assume it's correct.
Do you believe there is a poverty problem and something needs to be done?
originally posted by: jazz10
a reply to: Wrabbit2000
What would you see as a basic acceptable standard of living.
originally posted by: MrWendal
Perhaps he should lead by example. Start by redistributing the wealth of the Catholic Church. Then maybe.... maybe I will take him seriously. Until then he can just take a seat.
Vatican city as we know came to be as a result of a resolution of the 'Rome question' So people should perhaps stop judging the church by it's past actions and look at what it is trying to achieve today.
originally posted by: stirling
Now isn't that the height of hypocrisy.....the head of the wealthiest organisation in the entire world history demands wealth redistribution....but only by governments.....makes me want to barf....
How people can get sucked into this crap never ceases to amaze....religion is for dummies...
The history of the RCC is fraught with sickness of every type.....
originally posted by: windword
What time frame do you mean by "today". Just when did the Vatican have their "Come to Jesus" moment?