Pope Francis will find the U.S. Catholic Church bleeding money

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Pope Francis during a homily he delivered in Sibari, Italy, on June 21, 2014.

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Pope Francis during a homily he delivered in Sibari, Italy, on June 21, 2014.

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The financial woes and the destabilizing effect they could have on the church's social and educational work will be a constant backdrop to the pope's Sept 22-27 visit to Washington, New York and Philadelphia.

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  • Tom Downs

    where I live they are closing self supporting rural parishes. Not enough clergy. No doubt the active clergy they do have are going to large suburban congregations.

  • Sister Geraldine Marie, OP, RN, PHN

    Want people to start going to church again? Then start acting like a church! Serve the poor, feed the hungry, give to those who thirst, clothe the naked, and preach the good news! Show your faith in action seven days a week, not just by going to church on Sunday!

  • Bernardo

    And the bleeding will continue until said church realizes it has no use in the 21st century!!

  • Betty Clermont

    Per a previous Reuters article: (Arch) dioceses Boston – $190.9 million in investments. Chicago – $1.65 billion portfolio. Baltimore – $110 million portfolio. The Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota, which invests for Catholic dioceses in Minnesota, reported investments totaling $260.2 million. “Many other dioceses, including those of New York and Los Angeles – America’s largest – did not provide detailed information on their holdings.” Christian Brothers Investment Services, which invests for Catholic dioceses, religious institutes, educational institutions and health care organizations – $6 billion under management.
    One convent of the thousands of convents, monasteries, retreat houses, diocesan properties etc. recently sold to Katy Perry for $14.5 million.

  • Bernardo

    Betty,

    From the topic commentary which you may have missed in your perusal thereof:

    “The U.S. church does not lack assets. A report by The Economist in 2012 estimated the Archdiocese of New York was Manhattan’s largest land owner. It also said that the U.S. Catholic Church spent about $170 billion in 2010 – five times more than Exxon Mobil’s planned global spending in 2015.”

  • Dave Frensley

    Sister Geraldine Marie, OP, RN, PHN

    “Want people to start going to church again? Then start acting like a church! Serve the poor, feed the hungry, give to those who thirst, clothe the naked, and preach the good news!”

    Have you even looked around at the world these days? It’s all about Unclothing the poor’s children. Feeding the hungry? No one looks at them anymore because they are not on social media. Serve the poor? The poor serve the needs of Democrats that want absolute power. And of course, absolute power to drive the Church underground again.

    “Show your faith in action seven days a week, not just by going to church on Sunday!” How about by teaching members how to drive out the liberals, progressives and other atheist/anti-Christ’s that parasitize The Church looking for residual teen virgins?
    There is far more to contending for the faith than serving a hot bowl of soup to a homeless man and sending him back out to the streets first thing in the morning.

  • Dave Frensley

    A perfect example of why Jesus refers to some people as swine. And of course, the reason the dust from shoes needs to be wiped away at the thought of them. Bernardo is not just a typical reprob@te for the 21st Century Church, his mind is a terrible thing to waste time on.

  • Mike

    I pray the church recovers from this, but it must show contrition and repentance for people to ever trust it again and return to the church. That’s the only way the church recovers from this.

  • David Frensley

    Mike,

    Show contrition and repentance to who? Atheists, Democrats, liberals, progressives, gay activists? Who?

    None of these people give a rats hind end about the Catholic Church. Unless of course they can change it into a version of them. Which of course, the gay activists have been plying their trade for a long time. That’s why Catholics are in the mess they are.

  • Robert Addington

    Archbishop Marcinkus was right. You can’t run a church on Hail Marys.

  • Bernardo

    Dave F,

    Jesus and swine – all comments about swine by JC fail rigorous historic testing i.e
    Matt 8; 31 and Mark 10-20 and Matt 7: 6
    Jesus never uttered said passages. e.g.
    http://www.faithfutures.org/JDB/jdb228.html and http://www.faithfutures.org/JDB/jdb054.html

    And “dusting off your feet” Matt 10:14? That also fails rigorous historic testing. e.g. Professor G. Ludemann’s analyses of the NT (Jesus After 2000 Years, pp. 165-167)

    Added mind-bending, perusal-required details are available for those who wish to do so.

  • Bernardo

    Robert A.,

    Or with pe-dophilic priests or with flawed theology and history.

  • Ted

    Homophobia is an indicator for latent homosexuality. Conflating homosexuality with pedophilia – when statistically the vast majority of pedophilia is heterosexual, usually fathers molesting their daughters – is a clear sign of homophobia.

  • “the U.S. Catholic Church spent about $170 billion in 2010 – five times more than Exxon Mobil’s planned global spending in 2015.”

    I have very little sympathy. At least Exxon Mobil sells an actual product.
    I wonder how much money the Leprechaun Society spends?