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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis apparently meant what he said when he spoke of a "poor church, for the poor": Vatican employees won't get the $1,300 bonus many were expecting with the election of a new pope.


  1. I commend Pope Francis on his actions. Departing from many years of the church as an institutional structure that seemed never to be touched by the very principles of Christianity. Donating the extra funds to charity is a lesson in itself. However, I would like to encourage the Vatican and those others who give to charity, to vary the strategy so that resources do not only go to satisfy immediate needs. Some resources must be spent in the generation of productive opportunities for the poor. The poor as a community actually have incredible energy and capacity. One must see that these charity resources can become the base for long-term income generation where there is more dignity and hope for the future. The cost (funds) of charity-distribution can be turned into a much more effective way of caring for the poor.

  2. It is not charity when you take money donated to your operation by the good will of others from the regular pay of your employees and donate it to your choices. It is easy for clergy, from popes down to parish priests, to take the charities given to them and dispose of them as if they are their own. It is just another of the many gross errors in the ancient and outmoded monarchy of the Catholic Church.

  3. Cardinal Bertone follows the practices of bishops world-wide in trying to deflect attention from the church’s problem of a decreasing income from its loss of members in parts of the world where literacy is as high as that of the clergy and income is also high. The church’s economic stress is greatly due to its decreasing membership because of the clergy sex scandal. The lay people who provide all church income are talking by walking. That sex abuse really speaks to required celibacy for clergy and the refusal to ordain women. All is not equal in the church of Jesus, “The Model of the Holy.” All is not good. It is evidence that the cover-up of the sex scandal was conducted by the Vatican.

    Another effort to take attention away from the sex abuse sins and crimes of the celibate, all-male clergy is all the fuss churchmen like Timothy Dolan in New York and William Lori, his henchman in Baltimore, continue to make about contraception and other issues related to women’s and couple’s rights to care for their own welfare, including their health. Dolan and Lori ludicrously try to umbrella it under “religious liberty.” They leave out the liberty of the rights of people to make choices for their own lives and health? Individuals know more about that than the bishops do.

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