Just like those “special” people who preach “prosperity gospel” (God says buy me a Rolex cause I’m special) the Catholic church also has it’s hare of the “holy” 1%.
Now that Francis has stepped ointo Peter’s shoes he has made it clear that the Catholic church doesn’t take to kindly towards those who their noses at Jesus’s teachings.
Francis is committed to “walking the talk” and going back to basics; no more Prada’s and palaces for those who truly want to follow Jesus. This obviously doesn’t play too well among the more “affluent” nations like the USA where some of the more outspoken (and obviously arrogant and narcissistic) folks like to throw money at the Church in return for redemption rather than do the “work” God assigned to them.
Francis; with God’s blessing, is beginning to weed out these pesky “special” people and literally saying it’s either Jesus’s way or the highway.
Here’s an example of what Francis has to contend with; the rational used by this Prince of the Church is breathtaking. The idea that a religious organization who’s mission has been clearly set out in the Bible (Jesus) would have the role models basking in palaces like pigs in puddles is not what Jesus had in mind does not even occur to them.
In response to considerable criticism of Myers, spokesman Jim Goodness, said the addition will have “no impact” on archdiocese finances, explaining that the cost will be covered by the sale of other church-owned properties.
Instead of building schools and shelters for the poor let’s sell off church assets and build a palace for the CEO! This isn’t a case of a few sheep losing their way. This is the Sheppard who obviously lives in a bubble where only the 1% exist where schools and shelters don’t even exist and swimming pools and home elevators take priority.
Pope Francis has galvanized many people inside and outside the Catholic church with critiques of the destructive excesses of capitalism, and his own decision to forgo living in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican in favor of more modest accommodations with other members of the clergy.
Such efforts, even if largely symbolic in their impact, have not been embraced by others in the Catholic hierarchy.
Two years after closing a school citing a lack of funds, an archdiocese in New Jersey is building a lavish addition to a retirement home for its archbishop.
As the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers’ current “weekend residence” is a 4,500-square foot luxury home with five bedrooms, three full bathrooms, a three-car garage and a large outdoor pool.
But Myers has commissioned a 3,000-square foot expansion in anticipation of his retirement in two years. The addition will include an indoor exercise pool, a hot tub, three fireplaces, a library and an elevator.