reply to post by pheonix358
Allow me to correct some of your errors there, please
Originally posted by pheonix358
reply to post by jiggerj
It is not that easy! Churches send all their money to the Diocese. The Diocese send the clergy a stipend or pocket money if you will.
No, that is not correct. The church maintains its own budget and pays the local priest(s), lay employees and any other attached clergy directly. A set
amount is paid to the archdiocese monthly, which "trickles up" and helps to pay for everything from the support of local, non-attached clergy, to
missions and diocese projects, to ivory backscratchers for the Pope*.
(* - that's a joke, by the way
Each Diocese have investment Portfolios to add to or draw from. It is only the Arch Bishops and such that would be able to answer this sort of
Yes, that's true, and I haven't been involved in church finances long enough to know how transparent the holdings of the archdiocese are, though as
a tax exempt charitable organization (at least in the United States,) it's likely far more transparent than you represent. Locally, the finances,
including investment holdings, of the church are open to inspection by anyone who wants to look, though no one ever does, because anyone who knows
anything about accounting gets roped into the Finance Committee, lol.
Then there are all of the 'Charities.' These all go by different names like the Salvation Army. These also have large property holdings in
Portfolios and much the same things happen.
The Salvation Army is not a Catholic charity -- it is, in fact,
a Protestant religion
. There are, of course, a lot of
different charities that are under the Catholic umbrella, but that's due more to the structure of the church (see below.)
Every Priest, Brother and Nun live in houses and all of these houses are owned outright by the Church via some form of holding
The local clergy lives in a building called a rectory, which is owned by the local parish, a legal entity.
Monks, friars, nuns and all other non-attached clergy either live in their own homes or they live in buildings that are maintained by their orders.
Much of the church is organized by different orders, or groups, which have their own assets, mostly fund themselves, and generally have different
missions. Some groups are the Jesuits, Franciscan, Benedictines and Dominicans.
Yes, the Roman Catholic Church is a very wealthy organization, as one might expect from an institution that has been receiving donations for 2,000
years, but the majority of that wealth is in assets that cannot be just sold off arbitrarily, like artwork or real estate (the church sees themselves
as custodians, rather than owners, of the former, and the latter is mostly churches, cemeteries and associated buildings that cannot be disposed of
You will never get a straight answer and you will never get a truthful answer. It also varies country to country.
Yes, it varies from country to country, but I hope that I've helped you to realize that if you ask the right person, you will
get a straight
and truthful answer, at least as regards the things that they know.