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Pope Francis, Once Again Wearing Gold, With The Insane Riches Of The Vatican As A Backdrop, Condemns Wealth.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access ‘The Washington Post’ article. Annotations & graphics are MINE.

Click to access my post from Christmas 2018.

This irks me no end. Yes, the pope makes a pretense of trying to lead a simple life BUT he invariably surrounds himself with gold. There is nothing in the Bible that says he need gold to give him credibility.

And as for the Vatican’s insane wealth — or for that matter the opulence in which Church prelates continue to live.

I no longer think that Francis is a hypocrite when it come to this matter — i.e., telling us to abandon wealth while the Vatican and the prelates continue to accumulate and glorify.

No, I just think he is TOO STUPID to realize what he is saying and the hypocrisy involved!

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by Anura Guruge

Bernie Sanders Cashing In (Already) — ‘Capitol Center for the Arts’, Concord, N.H.!

by Anura Guruge



Click to access the official ‘Capitol Center for the Arts’ Website to BUY tickets.

I appreciate that it is the American thing to do.

But didn’t Bernie rail against this when it came to Hillary. That she cashed in on her fame and made millions in speaking fees.

Confused by the HUGE “Donate” button. So buy tickets, buy the book and DONATE too?

What for?

Who or what am I donating to?

Bernie Sanders’ Private Wealth Fund?

I looked. Couldn’t find mention of ‘giving to charity‘.

If I recall he gave 4% of their income to charity last year.

Just thinking.

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by Anura Guruge

Pope Francis Despite Mass Appeal Runs Into Opposition & Continues To Contradict.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


by Anura Guruge

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The pope’s opposition to the same sex adoption law being considered in Malta despite his famous, populist claim as to ‘who am I to judge’, is but just one example of how this pope will continue to trip up since he is playing a dangerous game: making platitudes to please the masses though he has no intention at all to change Church teaching, stance or doctrine. So while he orally panders to the gay community he stands by the book when it comes to the entrenched Catholic belief on this thorny subject. It is very confusing.

Ditto when it comes to his inflammatory remarks about wealth, capitalism and charity. I noticed that on Christmas Eve and New Years Day he was proudly wearing his five (5) gem studded GOLD pallium pins — each worth a few thousand dollars! Those are supposed to represent the rusted nails used to crucify Jesus. IF this pope was serious about wealth distribution he wouldn’t flaunt these gold pins. He would use cheap metal pins.

Ken Langone, one of the founders of Home Depot, confounds me. I see him often on CNBC. He is one of the most obnoxious (and ugly looking) men I have had the misfortune of having to witness. I typically switch channels because he upsets my stomach. But, I am glad to see that he is mad with the pope. But, to be fair as far as I can see Langone doesn’t seem to like anybody other than himself — but that is probably because he hasn’t looked in a mirror in a long time.

Anyhow, here is a small sampling of the HOT WATER that the pope is running into — and will continue to run into. Click on each to access the original. Enjoy.




And then this … which is quite funny …
but this is the pope’s own doing.


Pope John Paul II (#265) And His Rolex Wrist Watch.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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On Wednesday I saw a number of hits ending up here from folks ‘Googling’ “pope expensive watch”.

I knew EXACTLY what they were looking for — Polish Pope John Paul II (#265) wearing his two-tone, fairly CHEAP Rolex. I felt bad. I, of course, have posts about ‘watches‘ and about ‘popes‘ BUT had never done one on John Paul II and his Rolex. This post is to rectify that.

There is a claim that John Paul II was the first pope to wear a watch. I am skeptical. I have not seen this confirmed.

That John Paul II wore a two-tone, Datejust is only slightly incongruous. That two-tone, Datejust, and I know it well (as a semi-, FROM A DISTANCE, expert in Rolexes), is a ‘neither-here-nor-there’ watch. You can get one for about $3,000. So it is neither cheap nor expensive. A middle of the road watch. I doubt whether the one he sported in public had diamonds on the face. That is slightly more ostentatious.

As I have written about the current Pope, Francis, the Pope is NOT a poor man. Whereas the British Queen is said to be the richest woman on Earth, the pope, by a similar measure of the wealth over which he resides, has to be the richest man in the world. Yes, yes, yes … it is not liquid etc. etc. But, the Vatican by any measure is a multi-billion dollar a year enterprise with probably close to $100 Billion in assets.

Popes do not get a salary but they have access to funds. Plus, they get personal donations, sometimes in the form of $1,000 bills stuffed into a large white envelope, from individuals, cardinals, bishops, religious organizations and charities. The pope is supposed to do what he thinks best with such donations.

The Rolex was probably a GIFT — quite possibly from Rolex itself. Lets face it, it is one heck of a publicity stunt — the pope flashing his Rolex while he chats with a U.S. actor. Of course the Pope has a special relationship with (mainly Catholic) Switzerland. For a start there is the Swiss Guard. So it is very likely that this watch was a gift. I would not be surprised IF he had multiple expensive watches — much better than this cheap, unreliable Rolex.

Don’t forget that this was a pope who had an Olympic size swimming pool installed at the Vatican. If I remember right one of his many, many very rich (it could have been American) admirers, paid for it.

Click to ENLARGE. From 'Wikipedia'. Bang in "John Paul II's health" to get to it.

Click to ENLARGE. From ‘Wikipedia’. Bang in “John Paul II’s health” to get to it.

Enough said. This is really a non-issue. A pope has enough money to wear a $600,000 watch if he wants to. Wearing a cheap $3,000 is irrelevant.

Then there is this picture of the current Dalai Lama supposedly with a Rolex.

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Again doesn’t mean much. It could very well have been given to him — and he needs a watch. Not a big deal.

I am, however, NOT convinced that that is a REAL Rolex! The rectangular face looks strange.

Yes, it looks like a two-tone Datejust bracelet BUT they make cheap rip-offs of that in Asia for a few cents.

To me this looks like a cheap Asian watch. I could, as ever, be wrong.

The Quote Of The Day ….



 ..by Anura Guruge

I wrote a monthly column for ‘Network World‘ for many, many years. Since we, as columnists, had sway over much of the industry, the editor of ‘Network World‘ would often send us reminders, via e-mails, of our duty first and foremost to ourselves as professional journalists, to our readers, to the industry and then to the Newspaper. Often, it would be just this one line from Mark Twain. I was not familiar with it prior to getting the first e-mail with it as the subject line.

I loved it, albeit next to my creed:
If you lose all your wealth, you have lost nothing at all. If you lose your health, you have lost something. If you lose your credibility, you have lost everything‘.

Click to access via Google Books. Yes, you can find lots and lots of my columns there. I am kind of glad that Google has done this because I gave up keeping piles of my clipping when it reached about 4 feet.

Click to access via Google Books. Yes, you can find lots and lots of my columns there. I am kind of glad that Google has done this because I gave up keeping piles of my clipping when it reached about 4 feet.