THE late George Carlin once famously observed that God “loves you â€¦ and he always needs moneyâ€¦ He’s all-powerful, all-perfect, all knowing, all wise, but he just can’t handle money!”.
Religion takes in billions of dollars, pays no taxes and always needs MORE money!
Well, we learn this week from this report that the Catholic Church now needs more dosh, because the credit crunch seems to have reached all the way to the Vatican.
Latest figures show that the Church ran into a $14.3-m deficit last year – the result mainly of the weak dollar.
American Catholics, sad, deluded fools that they are, are the second most generous givers to this ghastly organisation – last year collection plates in the States yielded more than $18-m – and one idiot anonymously gave a donation of over $14-m. The Germans are first in the generosity stakes.
But this, plus all the other cash clawed in from other parts of the world was not enough to stop the Vatican sliding into the red.
It cited the sharp drop in the exchange rate for the US dollar as being the main cause of the slide. The Vatican in Rome pays many of its expenses in euros, a currency which has soared against the dollar in recent years.
In 1981, Pope John Paul II ordered that the Vatican’s books be opened for inspection on an annual basis as part of his efforts to debunk the idea that the Vatican is rich.
Despite the deficit, the Vatican has not yet reached the point of having to tell Pope Ratzinger – he of the chi-chi red pumps, designer sunglasses and sumptuous, overblown frocks – that in future he will have to rummage for his drag in Oxfam charity shops.
What a shame!