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Pope: Turning churches into businesses is a scandal

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But is the priest charging, or the church?
The priest may have nothing to do with all the charges involved in a wedding, a piano player, a lay minister reading, etc.
 
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Although I'm not Catholic, from what I understand, the priest is ultimately in charge of his church/diocese and its staff, and responsible to the Bishop. IMHO, the Pope may be commenting on charges that are outside the normal/minimal costs/time of doing business/operating the parish. What irks me, is the charge for prayers and baptisms. Those are (IMHO) ultimately central parts of a priest's job. I can see charging for weddings and funerals as they do take time and effort away from a priest's duties (and time off to relax and to prepare for his next sermon(s)..
 
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What would Pope Francis say if he knew that the biggest landholder/landlord in the City of New York is the Archdiocease? While the average priest still has his oath of poverty, the higher ups are still living high on the hog not unlike the prelates and nobility of old.
 

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How 'bout turning ancient churches into auto repair shops?!

En masse desecration of churches in Italy

I'm not Catholic either - but was practically gasping at these gorgeous old fantastic churches SOLD and turned into dirty auto repair shops, restaurants etc. Amazing... these churches are hundreds and hundreds of years old. Baffles me that the Italians would allow this to happen.

Like I said I am not Catholic but that website has a lot of pretty interesting articles and opinions on it.
 
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I note that, today, Pope Francis blasted the Vatican Curia for power grabs and other offenses. Way to go Pope Frankie. There is a true priest at work and he's making long overdue changes that bring the Vatican bureaucracy back in line with their mission as a church administration. He's not pulling punches and shaking the bad apples out of the tree. While not a Roman Catholic, I would hope that the Anglican church will follow suit.
 
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Not the first time someone has taken issue with this. See Matthew 21:12. Jesus gets fed up with those doing business in the temple and turns the tables on them - literally.
 
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