.by Anura Guruge
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>> — Nov. 26, 2013.
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>> — July 28, 2013.
>> “Prayer of ‘WHY'”
>> — Nov. 21, 2013.
>> To read his exhortation …
>> — Dec. 1, 2013.
>> 100 Day Report Card
>> — Jun. 19, 2013.
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I like this pope. Plus, unlike ANYBODY else, I cited him, in print, in my 2011 ‘The Next Pope 2011‘, as one of the Top 10 papabili.
So, don’t even try and get on your high horse and start accusing me of having a go at the pope etc. Not so. As one of the most prolific papal historians around, all that I am doing is pointing out some hard facts the way they are.
As somebody who is a great believer in charity, I am beyond delighted by this pope’s commitment towards the poor and downtrodden. I can’t be happier.
I am overjoyed that he is trying to eschew the extravagant, lavish, ‘dripping gold’ lifestyle adopted by some popes — especially the last one who was an unashamed dandy.
But, as I pointed out in this 100-day report there is a difference between being a pope for the poor and a ‘poor pope’. This pope is not poor. A modern pope, by definition, is not poor.
A pope has absolute, unfettered, unilateral, uncontested control over billions of liquid and tangible assets.
Compared to a pope, a U.S. President is a powerless, pauper.
The pope has no Congress, judicial branch, re-elections or mid-terms to contend with.
He is not answerable to anyone on Earth!
Then I have also made my point about how charity HAS to begin at the Vatican.
So let us just look at a very public recent example.
The devastating typhoon that crippled the Philippines.
The Philippines is overwhelmingly a Roman Catholic country.
So now let us look at some of the foreign aid provided to the Philippines post typhoon:
So how much do you think the Pope agreed to give?
This is what drives me NUTS about this
$150,000 in aid … to the Philippines … which considers itself the most Catholic of countries?
This pope is cheap!
As I have said so many times till I am brown in the face, this pope can raise a billion dollars in a day by selling 400 random items from around the Vatican.
He claims he is not materialistic.
OK. Show me the proof.
Sell some of the unused, unseen, stacked away in basements, Vatican treasures.
That is all.