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UK Spent £7 Million on the Pope

The pope can afford a lot of luxury, but he apparently can’t afford a trip to the UK.  His recent Godstravaganza took 7 million pounds out of the collective kitty.  Included was a hefty check for a £18,735 dinner.

Perhaps the most egregious affront was the 1.25m ponied by the Department for International Development. For us Americans, that’s the part of the UK government responsible for helping poor people abroad.  Let’s just say it like it is.  The Pope felt comfortable taking £1.25m away from the poor. So he could ride in his Mercedes and (forgive me) pontificate.

Do I even need to comment on this?  Shouldn’t we all be appalled?  Shouldn’t the church pay for its own proselytism?  Far be it from me to suggest that the Pope can’t tell us all about Jesus, but I think I’ve got the moral high ground when I suggest that no good God would want the poor to suffer just so he could have a parade.

Is there anything the Church can do that would actually piss people off enough to actually do something about it?  I sometimes despair that there is not.

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3 thoughts on “UK Spent £7 Million on the Pope

  1. Sporcaccione maiale

    aka: PIG

    Posted by Susan & Daisy | February 17, 2011, 10:38 pm
  2. So did the pope come into the U.K. with guns blazing and hold up Her Majesty’s Treasury?

    If an etatist government chooses to spend money when some foreign person visits then that’s the fault of said government. But look on the bright side: at least that’s money that won’t be used to buy weapons to bomb innocent people in unjust wars of aggression.

    So a group of mass-murderers, thieves and liars has a little less money to play around with. What a tragedy.

    Posted by James Redford | February 18, 2011, 9:30 am
  3. So did the pope come into the U.K. with guns blazing and hold up Her Majesty’s Treasury?

    Thanks for the comment, James. No, clearly the Pope did not come in and hold up the Treasury. I’m not completely sure what your point is, so I’m afraid I’ll have to guess. I feel a bit like when I watch FOX News. You’ve brought up some touchy subjects, and given me some emotionally disturbing images — bombs, wars of aggression, innocents, thieves, liars… scary stuff. But there’s no actual argument contained anywhere in your comment. None that I can find. If there were, it would look something like this:

    1) Lots of scary stuff, wars, thieves, liars, etc…
    2) Agreed on moral principle involving scary stuff
    3) Fact about the UK involving (1) and (2), connecting them logically.
    4) Comparable fact about the Pope involving (1) and (2), connecting them logically.
    5) Therefore, Pope > UK.

    To be fair, you did make a moral judgment of the government when you said “If an etatist government chooses to spend money when some foreign person visits then that’s the fault of said government.” I couldn’t agree more. And that’s why I’m bringing the issue to light. It IS the fault of the government for forcing a great many atheists, Muslims, Hindus, Pagans, Wiccans, and probably a Zoroastrian or two to pay for the Catholic Church’s sectarian claptrap. The government shouldn’t have done that. It’s a crime against all non-Catholics to use their tax money that way.

    And for the record, I think bombs and wars of aggression are bad. Mmmmkay?

    Posted by hambydammit | February 18, 2011, 2:16 pm

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