Sunday, 22 January 2017 15:11

Should Pope Francis sell the Vatican?

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I was asked by a non-Catholic whether Pope Francis is a hypocrite because he won’t sell everything and give it all to the poor. I was not sure how to respond. Thoughts?

I was asked by a non-Catholic whether Pope Francis is a hypocrite because he won’t sell everything and give it all to the poor. I was not sure how to respond. Thoughts?

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As Pope Francis said, he wants the church to be poor and to be for the poor. Perhaps your non-Catholic friend could ask that question to Pope Francis himself?

However, church property does not belong to the pope, it belongs to the church, and the church is everyone and includes the rich and poor. Those buildings and property in Rome were donated by benefactors over the centuries and their wishes should be respected, should they not? If the Holy Father were to sell the Vatican, really, who would buy it? At least those beautiful building are currently open to the public and admission is free. Even the Vatican museums are free one day each month. In private hands, would they still be free? I doubt it.

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