5 responses to “A Tale of Two Churches: The 1% Shall Be First and the Religious Shall be Last

  1. Reblogged this on Everyday Voices and commented:
    The Catholic Church and its multitude of charities do not exist as a vanity project for the rich when they’ve retired and need a big tax write off from Uncle Sam. Though large donations are very necessary to the survival of the individual institutions within the church, large donors should treat their donation just as that, a gift without expecting anything in return, just like when they buy themselves a fancy car or penthouse. A gift to the church you feel that was instrumental in your success in business and (hopefully) as a human being. If wealthy donors of the church donate to get their name on a wall or special treatment from the Pope, then they are totally misguided in the meaning of ‘charity’ as prescribed by the church. To give is a greater gift than to receive. You do not and should not expect anything in return when you give. Otherwise it’s not a gift.

    To threaten to rescind a pledge or donation just because the Pope criticized corporate greed, which, by the way, is totally legitimate and to twist the Pope’s message of allowing all willing and able persons a chance a prosperity into creating envy and jealousy into the rich and the not, is self-serving and very un-Christian.

    If this is how Ken Langone feels about the Pope’s message, then he best keep his money and donated it to the Republican Party instead which they will put to great use as bashing poor for their own plight.

    The tenants of charity, kindness, mercy and social justice are about the only things that is holding the Catholic church together. The church has been rocked by scandal, charges of hypocrisy, bigotry and discrimination against divorced persons, intermarried Catholics, gay marriage and same-sex families, so, pretty much the only thing it has going for it is its fundamental teachings of charity, humility, caring about the least in society, the downtrodden – in a word social justice. The amazing work that is done by anonymous members of the church who care about people that are worse off is what is keeping the church going. Not the likes of Ken Langone and his ilk.

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