What more will it take for people to wise up and realize the Vatican is not a good organization?
At least it’s not doing much good.
Or to be very technical about it, only about 10% good — according to recent reports from CNBC and the Wall Street Journal, among others.
The reports say that less than 10% of donations earmarked for the poor actually end up going to the poor.
The rest go to “feed the beast” so to speak.
Here’s an idea….perhaps the Catholic Church should stop building these mammoth monstrosities that serve no purpose other than to show their own vanity!
Just an idea.
Here's more on the story, from CNBC:
This sermon doesn't amount to much, apparently.
As little as 10% of donations by Roman Catholics that are specifically advertised as helping the poor and suffering actually go toward charitable work, a new report says.
Francis' annual charitable appeal, known as Peter's Pence, is used to fill the Vatican's administrative budget deficit, The Wall Street Journal reported in an article Wednesday, citing sources familiar with the spending.
The newspaper said that the use of Peter's Pence for the budget "is raising concern among some Catholic Church leaders that the faithful are being misled about the use of their donations, which could further hurt the credibility of the Vatican's financial management under Pope Francis."
A spokesman for the Vatican's mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNBC about the Journal's report. The article noted that under church law, a pope can use Peter's Pence in any manner that serves his ministry.
The Journal, citing people familiar with the funds' use, said that the assets of Peter's Pence have dwindled since Francis became pope in 2013 from more than $775 million to $665 million.
Meanwhile, the Holy See's deficit in 2018 doubled to more than $76 million on a budget of around $333 million.
Last month, Francis replaced the Vatican's top financial regulator on the heels of a financial scandal involving the church's London real estate investments.
Peter's Pence is a special collection from Roman Catholics every June.
"These collections and donations by the individual faithful or entire local churches raise the awareness that all the baptized are called to materially sustain the work of evangelization and at the same time to help the poor in whatever way is possible," the site says.