The Spence family descends from a long line of Catholics. John S. Spence the bishop being perhaps the most noteworthy. Pope Francis the leader of the faith that is directly traced to the disciples of Jesus has crossed lines into hypocrisy that puts Jimmy Swaggert and the Reverend Jim Baker to shame.
Forget his preaching about “climate change” in the face of his bogus catastrophic predictions regarding the “planet.” Forget his visit to Cuba without as much as a mention of how the Castro brothers butcher dissidents and squash religious freedoms. Forget the fact that he won’t mention that Democrats in the U.S. are now openly supporting infanticide….the killing of babies who survive abortion procedures. Now this pope has decided he does not like free market capitalism or wealth accumulation.
Let's give some thought to wealth accumulation. According to Time magazine bankers' best guesses about the Vatican's wealth put it at around $10 billion to $15 billion. Vatican Italian stock holdings alone run to $1.6 billion, 15% of the value of listed shares on the Italian market. The Vatican also has big global investments in banking, insurance, chemicals, steel, construction, and real estate. Massive dividend and rental income streams combined with tithes from their customers helps pay for Vatican expenses. The Church is well diversified like any corporate giant. It also holds billions in gold bars in Swiss banks. Its art collection is priceless. Visit Vatican City and witness a portfolio of the most ornate architecture and accessories possibly imaginable.
Somehow this pope, is perfectly comfortable sitting on his golden throne and living a life of luxury. He also sees to it that Church cardinals live lives of privilege and luxury. And to a lesser extent, like mid-level division presidents in a for-profit corporation, bishops also live well. The great irony is the structure of the Catholic Church could be mistaken for that of most for-profit companies in the world. The only difference being the Church’s “products and services.” While satanic entities like Pfizer and Merck sell miracle drugs that keep people alive, the gloriously virtuous Vatican sells salvation to people collectible after they are dead.
Unlike ordinary stockholders, the Vatican pays no taxes on all of its income and capital gains, a model the Clintons have taken a liking to for their "foundation."
These days it is a regular occurrence to hear this pope spout Marxist principles in a way that attempts to position him and his corporate lieutenants in a position of moral superiority when compared to the rest of the "greedy" world. His primary virtue seems to be that he does not like the fact that for-profit companies CEO’s tend to behave exactly as he does when doling out high living standards to the accomplished clergy in his corporation.
No wonder Democrats like this guy.