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    Re: Pope issues mission statement for papacy

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    Most of the Churches are not wealthy and largely survive through donation. It also seems that Catholicism is growing throughout the world.
    The Vatican is not stuffed with all sort of art etc and it is poor is a bad joke. Visiting the Vatican I thought it was amazing that so many followers live in miserable poverty, yet the heads of the religion hoard so much wealth.

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    Re: Pope issues mission statement for papacy

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    Since the Vatican is an absolute monarchy I find it difficult to imagine that he could not override previous arrangements for the custodianship of properties and artworks owned by his own state. He certainly has unilateral control over the Vatican Bank.
    Religion and tradition does not trump legality. Even in the Vatican.

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    The institute was founded by papal decree of Pope Pius XII in June 1942. Its assets are not property of the Holy See, and so it is not overseen by the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See.[4] The Annuario Pontificio lists it under neither "Holy See" nor "Vatican City State", placing it among charitable foundations.[5][6]
    It seems only the surplus the bank makes is at the disposal of the Vatican.
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    Re: Pope issues mission statement for papacy

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray410 View Post
    The Pope is making a mistake by trying to subtly adopt the agenda and talking points of the American left. In the long run, this will greatly weaken the Catholic Church.
    How will it weaken the Catholic church?
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    Re: Pope issues mission statement for papacy

    Quote Originally Posted by washunut View Post
    The Vatican is not stuffed with all sort of art etc and it is poor is a bad joke. Visiting the Vatican I thought it was amazing that so many followers live in miserable poverty, yet the heads of the religion hoard so much wealth.
    I never said the Vatican was poor. In fact you can see what I wrote above your response.

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    Re: Pope issues mission statement for papacy

    Quote Originally Posted by Lursa View Post
    How will it weaken the Catholic church?
    We can only wonder at how it survived all those centuries before the American left and Michael Moore came along.

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