posted on Jan, 6 2014 @ 11:07 AM
Early on, many Catholic monks and nuns took vows of poverty. But many priests came from very wealthy families, so wealth and the Catholic church is
Yes, I am back, not so Warm in Indy today, sitting in the deep freeze right now.
The Renaissance introduced the new, massive wealth of the Church, but before that it was still struggling to find a real foothold. Yes, the
Inquisition was in the Middle Ages, but not all of Europe was converted at that time. It was the Renaissance that really brought the power of the
Church into control. Perhaps the new pope is a throwback to the earlier times, but yet this new pope is also from Argentina. I think that might be the
key to understanding this.
Argentina has been a poor country and Pope Francis is most likely a Social Gospel proponent, the kind that introduced Socialism and Communism to
various Latin American countries, so his message is most likely stemming from that viewpoint.
While this billionaire seems whiny and aggressive, I sit here reminded of Peyton Manning, formerly of the Indianapolis Colts and now of the Denver
Broncos. The Riley Childrens Hospital is called Peyton Manning Center, because he was wealthy and contributed a lot of funds, to keep his name
relevant. He pretended to be so caring and loyal to Indianapolis, but as soon as Tim Tebow became popular, what did Manning do? He went to Denver,
throwing away all the "loyalty" from Indianapolis.
But think about this, while we are here criticizing wealthy Catholics for not "sharing the wealth", think about the billionaire sports stars and
celebrities. While we are arguing about them, consider this, a city asks the populace to pay taxes to build a new stadium, that the ticket prices then
go so high one can barely afford them, raising revenue for the franchise, and little for the city. The city then decides they don't like the team,
the owners sell it to another city, then buy a team again for the city. All the time, the franchise is making billions of dollars.
But here we are criticizing men like Langdone for "whining", but then 3/4 of the nation will watch the Superbowl, drool over a singer that is barely
clad and advertisers clamor for a 30 second spot. But yet in those three hours of mindless entertainment, how much do we complain about the obscene
wealth of the athletes and the owners? How many billions of dollars went into this one night of the year?
I don't think it's fair to keep charging wealthy Catholics for not sharing, but at the same time, throw Superbowl parties and watch people on tv
that paid at least $1,500 for a ticket. How many homeless people are fed that night? How many homeless people are given shelter? NONE.
I think we simply like to notice the wealth of religious people because we don't like religion, and yet sports is a religion in itself, athletes are
idolized and venerated to the point they are worshipped. People buy jerseys with their favorite players, people are quick to dump their hard earned
money into a franchise of obscene wealth without even considering the wealth displayed by the owners and athletes.
If we start demanding that wealthy Catholics share what they have, I say every athlete and celebrity have the same demands placed onto them. The NFL
is a free enterprise based on free market Capitalism, so why not complain about them as well?