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04 January 2014 @ 06:56 am
Temper tantrum  
Rich Catholic says he's going to give up charity if the pope keeps making him feel bad.
Maia Cmaiac on January 4th, 2014 01:36 pm (UTC)
I suspect that those rich people haven't been making charitable donations; they've been making political contributions to the church leaders who promote their interests.

I also expect that Pope Francis' response will be, "If you think you're buying us, not doing charity, we don't need your money."

El Coyote Gordo: meditating dogsupergee on January 4th, 2014 02:00 pm (UTC)
It does make that bit about camels and needles' eyes sound better.
Maia Cmaiac on January 4th, 2014 05:22 pm (UTC)
It also reminds me of a long-ago interview of Tom Monaghan (Domino's Pizza founder and abortion rights foe) in which he said that he doesn't make charitable donations because helping poor people just means they'll live longer to commit more sins. Yes, really.
she just wants to be kissed all the timeanne_jumps on January 4th, 2014 11:44 pm (UTC)
Oh gosh, I need to track that down.
Maia Cmaiac on January 5th, 2014 12:28 am (UTC)
It was in the Detroit Free Press sometimes before 1993.
Johnjohnpalmer on January 5th, 2014 06:08 pm (UTC)
Charitable donations can certainly help, but it doesn't have to be political. If (generic-)you're a roofing contractor who's Catholic, you might decide that since Home Depot's co-founder is a good Catholic who's very generous with the church, you can buy preferentially from them - maybe even if it costs you a few dollars (not too many, unless you're an *awfully* well-to-do contractor!).

But sometimes it's just, once you hit a certain level of wealth, you literally run out of things you can do with your money. (Or, at least, things you care about.) If you could throw away five million dollars on a bad investment and not even notice it, you certainly might figure that you'd just as soon get a wing of the new Catholic hospital named after you. Why not? It's not like you *need* the money, and wouldn't it be kind of cool?
Bill the bold bosthoonwcg on January 4th, 2014 10:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, so he's admitted he's guilty of attempting simony? That was probably better said in the confessional, but it's done now. Perhaps the Pope will take mercy on him, impose a penance, and grant absolution for the sin.