Should the Vatican Sell its Treasures…

by Steve Ray on June 6, 2011

… to feed the poor?

Geez, I used to say that myself in my past life – when I was an anti-Catholic. Actually, if you added up all wealth and property of the Protestant churches and organizations it would FAR exceed that of the Vatican or all the individual dioceses around the world! Since it is often Protestants who make this challenge, do they ever suggest Protestants all sell their land, buildings, pastors’ fancy cars and the mega-church $ millions?

Most people don’t realize that most of the Catholic Church’s “wealth” is in property, hospitals, schools, social services and churches. We are the largest health care provider in the world. To learn more about this, watch the fantastic video put out by www.CatholicsComeHome.com here. Click on “Epic Commercial.” This video make me PROUD to be a Catholic!

But, should the Catholic Church sell everything to feed the poor? No, first it shouldn’t and second it can’t. To find out why, read this article from Zenit.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Tim March 30, 2009 at 4:00 PM

We often hear this.

I just tell them that all the Church’s assets would equal what the USA spends on armaments in a long weekend.

Mike Sanders March 30, 2009 at 6:45 PM

An excerpt from the story of St. Lawrence:

The Prefect of Rome, a greedy pagan, thought the Church had a great fortune hidden away. So he ordered Lawrence to bring the Church’s treasure to him. The Saint said he would, in three days. Then he went through the city and gathered together all the poor and sick people supported by the Church. When he showed them to the Prefect, he said: “This is the Church’s treasure!”

Just don’t want to forget about the most valuable of the Church’s treasure!

Barbara April 2, 2009 at 11:28 AM

It was estimated that if the Catholic Church were able to sell everything it had, and give the money away, everyone in the world would get exactly 2 dollars. So a better question would be, what are we doing with our $2?…..Buying a cup of coffee, or giving it away to the poor?

R Fitzgerald June 13, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Hi,
Im Christian (born-again persuasion) raised Catholic…have been so blessed with Both sides of the same coin…that Jesus is our Lord. In that, I do wish unity among the brethren. Selling church assets to feed the poor? How bout everyone giving up one Starbucks a month. Im sorry–just some things seem trivial. Jesus has come that we might have life and life abundantly!

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