A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel.”
Let’s clarify, using the Pope’s own logic, his hypocrisy.
The Pope lives and rules Vatican City, the smallest independent state in the world, enclaved inside Rome, Italy. This landlocked, sovereign city-state covers roughly 110 acres throughout which roughly 600-800 people live, including members of the Swiss Guard.
In addition to living behind a 2-mile long, 39-foot high stone wall, the Pope’s costs for running his empire are enormous.
Is it Christian to live behind a 39-foot, 2-mile long wall and to charge people to enter?
While the Pope has declared frugality for himself, consider what one outfit costs for only one of his cardinals. The Huffington Post categorizes each piece of clothing, estimating that one entire outfit for one cardinal costs roughly $20,000.
Question for the Pope: Is it Christian for each of his “clergy” to wear $20,000 outfits?
Here’s the breakdown from The Huffington Post:
Not to mention the cost inferred to countries expected to pay for the Pope’s visit.
Consider the Pope’s visit to America. In September 2015 the Pope had the taxpayers and City of Philadelphia pay $8 million for his visit– roughly half of the cost to visit that city. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “The city spent $17 million on Pope Francis’ visit in late September, according to the city’s budget director, most of it to pay for police and fire services. The city has sent a bill to the World Meeting seeking nearly $9 million.”
Philadelphia is experiencing a financial crisis– a debt of roughly $1 billion— yet the Pope expects its city officials and people to pay for his tab. Because of Pennsylvania’s financial woes, officials remarked in October, 2015 that “nearly all of their districts were in dire financial straits.”
Is it Christian to further deprive the poorest children in Pennsylvania from education by burdening the state to pay for the Pope’s visit?
Consider the Vatican’s significant financial problems.
Fortune Magazine provided ground-breaking insight into the Vatican’s expenditures, exposing that its debt far exceeded its income– by double. In 1987 it reports, the Vatican “was broke;” the Holy See “spent nearly twice as much as its income, $114 million.”
By 2011, not much had changed. The Associated Press reports that in 2011 the Vatican ran a 14.9 million euro deficit; in 2009 a 4.01 million euro deficit; in 2008 a 0.9 million euro deficit; and in 2007 a 9.1 million euro deficit.
Does consistently running a deficit and being in debt demonstrate Christianity?
What about the cost of charging people for “sainthood?
It costs roughly $68,000 to become a saint, (“the normal cost of bringing the candidate to beatification,”) according to Catholic News. It reports, U.S. Catholic officials “traditionally have used $250,000 as a benchmark for the cost of a cause from the initial investigation on a diocesan level to a canonization Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.”
What about the cost of its sexual abuse of children?
The National Catholic Reporter states:
The full costs of the sexual abuse crisis – including financial payouts, emotional distress, alienation among both clergy and laity, and damage to the church’s moral authority – is essentially incalculable.”
The American Catholic churches alone have spent “at least $2.2 billion settling litigation related to the crisis,” and there are roughly “100,000 victims of clerical sexual abuse.”
Is this Christian?
Sounds like the Pope needs to first read the Bible and be reminded of what genuine Christianity really is.