3rd February 2008

“Vatican officials will not accept that they are wrong about anything. Their task, after all, is to put other people right.”

Andrew Brown

6 Responses to “3rd February 2008”

  1. Terence Meaden Says:

    What is the Vatican’s real motivation for its self-professed infallibility? It is more than to put other people right.
    It is to maintain their status quo. And why?
    Because they have established at the highest levels a rich sinecure in which their treasuries have accumulated immense wealth on earth.

  2. Hypatia Says:

    Personally, I think they’re driven by a lust for power more than wealth – and power corrupts like nothing else.

  3. Nefari Says:

    Wealth and power are practically synonymous. One is merely a means to the other, and vice versa.

  4. Terence Meaden Says:

    Yes they have both wealth and power on earth.
    Notice that I wrote ‘on earth’.
    Are even they just rational enough to realise that they cannot be sure of getting it or any other rewards in whatever they imagine heaven to be? So they take what they can, when they can, on earth.

  5. Nefari Says:

    It is an excellent con: “Your true rewards are in heaven; earthly treasure means nothing. Say, since you no longer value your earthly treasures, we would be happy to relieve you of them.”

    For those a bit more reluctant: “I can ensure a better heavenly reward, for a small fee.”

    And finally for the truly pragmatic: “Tell you what, why don’t you entrust your estate to the Church once you are dead. After all, you won’t need it anymore.”

  6. Terence Meaden Says:

    Quite so; and the best catch was always a rich widow who had no issue.

    Otherwise, the idea of tithes—still practised by many sham religions—steadily sucked money from even the poor.

    Indeed

    “All religions are shams—i.e. bogus businesses—but some are greedier, heartless, money-sucking impostures than others.” G.T.M.