Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Notes From the Popehat: Money Honey

From the Vatican Information service press office:
"Wealth," the Pope says, "though a good thing in itself, must not be considered as an absolute good."
So with a quick Pope/Webster mashup, we're hearing that the Pope, the man who - by religious succession - is the keeper and high priest of the religion based on the man who supposedly said "Truly, I say unto you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven [Matthew 19:23]" is saying for the public record that abundance of valuable material possessions or resources is a good thing in itself.

Does that somehow sound incorrect?

But what else would the head of a multi-million dollar world power with its own country and mission to increase its flock by downgrading other belief systems say about money? It's what drives the Catholic power base. Unfortunately, it also puts them in a position where to believe what Jesus believed and preached about money would make them hypocrites.

Religion's funny like that.


pissed off patricia said...

It's not the religion, it's the people who "use" the religion for their own means who give religion a bad name.

Ricky Shambles said...

thanks patricia for the comment!

I agree and like the Pope doesn't think the accumulation of wealth is such a bad thing, I don't think religion is a bad thing. When people use it for guidance and peace, it's quite beneficial. But when it's used as the keystone of imperialism or even just coercing someone to do something against their will, we dip deeply into the dark side.