In one of the Popes recent speeches to the youth he said “People choose what they like, and some are even able to make a profit from it.”
In an online discussion over this speech a non-Catholic member said:
It’s all very easy to say that when the Catholic Church made (as in PROFIT) $8,516,000 after expenditure in 2000. Not bad going.
And lets not forget all the pointless solid gold crucifixes and the like. Psh, and to think there could ever be any profit made out of religion. Thank you Pope Benedict for opening my eyes!
As I was looking around I came across this page here
“So profitable was the European slave trade that the Roman Catholic Church entered the business as a grantor of commercial privilege to prevent Christian nations from engaging in fratricidal wars of access to the African Coast. Usually the Pope signed an agreement with a slaving nation which insured that nation’s right to a specific region of Africa. A fee was paid to the church for that asiento. Since no European nation exercised complete hegemony over others, the Church became–and remained for several hundred years–the primary moral sanctioner for the brutal institution of slave trading.”
The Catholic Church was paid about $25 for each captured African. In addition to paying (with interest) into a reparations fund, the millions they made in this way, it could be considered whether they–who ought to have been leading the fight against this atrocity instead of organizing it–should pay even more in penance for the shocking immorality of their actions.
Is this true? Does anyone have any thoughts or comments about the subjects and ideas these quotes bring up?