No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye
cannot serve God and mammon.
While the Vatican is actually its own country and technically has no responsibility to the surrounding country or its population... They also claim
to be the only true church of God...
My question is.... Which God do they actually represent?
The son of God stated specifically "You can only serve one master"
Now this is ironic because the Vatican is actually a bank with an estimated worth of approx. 8-15 Billion dollars!
Bankers' best guesses about the Vatican's wealth put it at $10 billion to $15 billion. Of this wealth, Italian stockholdings alone run to $1.6
billion, 15% of the value of listed shares on the Italian market. The Vatican has big investments in banking, insurance, chemicals, steel,
construction, real estate. Dividends help pay for Vatican expenses and charities such as assisting 1,500,000 children and providing SOME measure of
food and clothing to 7,000,000 needy Italians.
Read more: www.time.com...
In February 2010 the pope payed a visit to a homeless shelter in Rome... and he stated "the church will not abandon you...
Rome, Italy, Feb 14, 2010 / 12:20 pm (CNA).- The Holy Father paid a visit to the homeless shelter at Rome's central Termini Station on Sunday morning
along with a number of Church, local government and business representatives. He spoke to the gathering of the importance of charity in promoting
human dignity and building an civilization of love.
In his address to mark the occasion, Pope Benedict XVI recognized the many benefactors, workers and volunteers who employ themselves daily to taking
action on the words of Jesus, "I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you
clothed me, ill and you cared for me..."
Directing his words to those assisted through these efforts, a number of whom were in attendance, the Holy Father said, "know that the Church loves
you profoundly and won't abandon you, because it recognizes in every one of your faces the face of Christ" who identified himself particularly with
the poor and indigent.
Yet two years laters nothing has changed... In fact its gotten worse...
Rome, October 9 2012– Over 47,000 people in Italy are
without a proper roof over their head, the national statistics
agency said on Tuesday. In the last two months of 2011, 47,648 people used the soup
kitchens and night shelters made available for the homeless in
the country’s 158 largest municipalities, Istat said. The majority of homeless people are male (86.9%), aged less
than 45 (57.9%) and foreign (59.4%), and they are concentrated
primarily in the north of Italy (38.8%) and in big cities such
as Milan (27.5%) and Rome (16.4%). The condition of homelessness has persisted for an average
of 2.5 years, with the figure for Italians rising to 3.9 years
compared to 1.6 years for non-Italians. Just over 28% of homeless people are in employment,
although this is usually on a fixed-term or irregular basis.
Now personally Math isn't my strong subject... but even I can see a serious issue here...
If the Vatican has several Billion dollars... and there are literally tens of thousands of "homeless" people in the surrounding area of Rome... they
could literally give each of these people 10k dollars without even breaking that first billion... actually it would amount to approx. half of 1
billion dollars to solve
the homeless problem in all of Rome...
So why does the Vatican need to horde money when the person they worship speaks against riches of the material world?
The answer is in the title of the thread... The Vatican is the church of Mammon...
The God of material wealth...
And amazingly enough... their administration seems to forget one of the main teachings of Jesus that is repeated in all of the synoptic gospels...
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
The Vatican is just another bank... ruled behind the scenes by international bankers...
The church of Mammon...
Who are responsible for making this world a living Hell on earth... by using the beliefs of Christianity to support its cause...
edit on 27-2-2013 by Akragon because: (no reason given)