Let’s just cut to the chase. The pope and the Catholic Church are sinful. The Vatican is an idolatrous city that attempts to usurp the throne of Christ and the pope believes he speaks on behalf of Christ on Earth.
Recently, the pope called for global wealth redistribution stating that tax cuts for the wealthy are sinful. In a February 5 address, the pope says,
If there is extreme poverty in the midst of wealth – also extreme wealth – it is because we have allowed the gap to widen to become the largest in history. These are almost official data: the 50 richest people in the world have an equity equivalent to 2.2 billion dollars. Those fifty people alone could finance the medical care and education of every poor child in the world, whether through taxes, philanthropic initiatives or both. Those fifty people could save millions of lives every year.
The globalization of indifference have called “inaction”. Saint John Paul II called it: structures of sin . Such structures find an atmosphere conducive to their expansion every time the common good is reduced or limited to certain sectors or, in the case that brings us together, when the economy and finance become an end in themselves. It is the idolatry of money, greed and speculation.
What’s interesting is that the pope fails to mention in this address the “extreme wealth” that the Vatican holds on to. In fact, the Vatican could eliminate world hunger and finance the medical care and education of every poor child in the world. While the pope complains that the 50 richest people in the world have about 2.2 billion that could finance these things, the Vatican alone is estimated to be worth between 10 and 15 billion. I hear they sent a handful of masks to China though.