The catholic Church is hungry for money and it apparently doesn’t care where it comes from. In a recent report on the properties it owns in Rome alone the income is staggering. Some of the premises are used as brothels, others as gambling venues, and still others are highly priced homes and guest houses. The incredible portfolio of properties globally is too huge to even contemplate.
When Constantine, the Roman Caesar who established the religion in 325 AD, passed a law to encourage people to donate their wealth to the church it set it up to become the richest business in the world. Its income rivals that of the United States and its power grows with its wealth.
Gambling is a curse on families and communities and yet the Catholic Church operates gambling houses in the Australian Capital Territory. These are mainly the Southern Cross Clubs, of which there are 5 such premises. They contain poker machines, gaming, grog, and other things. The cubs are run as not-for-profit businesses, that means they pay no tax. They also have gambling in their schools by way of raffles, bingo, and other things.
While the organisation gets away with it the clubs are reaping in millions. The story is that they donate to local sporting clubs, social clubs, and community groups, but these are also involved with the religion. It’s a great ring-around-the-rosy way of raising more funds for the Vatican.
The incredible tales of fancy the latter spreads around could drive people mad trying to figure it out. Government’s, however, allow it to escape notice while the public continues to be fooled. Gamblers are encouraged to spend big and many lose their homes and families because of it. They are probably then given hand-outs of second-hand clothes and goods by one of the Catholic charities that pay nothing for them but make money selling them on.