If the Inventory of the Vatican Treasures were totaled it would dwarf Donald Trumps $10 billion fortune. The Pope should go after the real danger in the world, terrorism instead of following Marx and going after the upper classes. Rome, however is a tourist mecca, albeit dedicated to the hypocrisy of begging for gold as it condemns is.
Missing the irony and hilarity of what he said, the pontiff’s Christmas Eve Mass message at Saint Peter’s Basilica, called on Christians everywhere to push back against the excesses of modern society, which he said was “so often intoxicated by consumerism and hedonism, wealth and extravagance, appearances and narcissism”. The canopy over the altar in St. Peters is easily worth millions. The Pope is the richest of the rich, the wealthiest man on earth because he controls the billions that is the Splendor of the Vatican, an incalculable fortune.
The startling contradiction of the tremendous riches of the Roman Catholic Church with the direct teaching of Christ concerning their unambiguous rejection, is too glaring to be by-passed, tolerated or ignored by even the most indifferent of believers. In the past, indeed, some of the most virulent fulminations against such mammonic accumulation came from individuals whose zeal and religious fervor were second to none.
Their denunciations of the wealth, pomp, luxury and worldly habits of abbots, bishops, cardinals and popes can still be heard thundering with unabated clamor at the opening of almost any page of the chequered annals of western history.