I just watched this video clip from Bill Maher’s documentary, Religulous. In it, he is standing in front of the Vatican, points to it, and asks the audience,
“Does that look anything like anything Jesus Christ had in mind?”
And I know how much all of you probably adore Bill Maher ;), but he has a point. My home parish is currently building a second church for $2.5 million, complete with gold trimmings and and big ol’ church bell. Which is fine and dandy, but um…there are thousands of people all over the world who lack food, water, medicine, shelter, and even a semblance of a religious community, and that $2.5 million could have gone toward them. I am aware that the Catholic church is very active in aiding the poor, but imagine how many people we could feed with $2.5 million more. Just saying.
How can the Catholic church allow such extravagance? And don’t tell me it’s just a problem with my diocese because this happens all over the place; in fact, it happens at the Vatican! It seems so contrary to Christ’s message.
I just want to see if any of you can possibly figure out a way to justify this.