Pope: The Church Should Not Go Forward with the Heart of a Businessman

In a message this week, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church should not seek to gain wealth and needs to go forward “with a heart of poverty, not a heart of investment or of a businessman.” The message comes as he introduces new cost-cutting measures to church offices and has encouraged reforms at the Vatican Bank. He said, "Saint Peter did not have a bank account and when he had to pay taxes, the Lord sent him to sea to fish a fish with a coin inside in order to pay" …


Esther Aspling


Esther Aspling commented…

I totally agree that the church should not look at people in the eyes of a business decision. How many churches have had the discussion of who to reach depending on if they'll get future returns out of them? Answer: A lot.


Luke Walker


Luke Walker commented…

I agree. Except for the poverty part.

You don't need a Popemobile.
You don't need huge overhead.
You don't need 90% of the stuff that ultimately was bought with tithe money anyways.

However... if you begin a crusade to bring poverty-mindedness to God' people, then, by default, God's people are underfinanced in God's work. All the money goes to ungodly causes, as all the godly people think it's evil, and by extension, money is used only for evil things.

So, by all means, cut your useless overhead. But before you sell your miter, make sure the money is going to God's work, not just down the tubes. And before you shut off your several thousand venues of cashflow, make sure they won't start flowing into Satan's pocketbook instead.

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