An article in the Guardian presented one more (if you need any more) fine example of the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church, but it also reveals clear evidence of the double standard. I believe that priests are asked to make vows of poverty and chastity, neither of which seems to be followed by all. Followers are urged to give generously to the church, the money to be used for charitable activities. It seems that the biggest beneficiary, not surprisingly, is the clergy itself. Perhaps the old men at the top of the hierarchy have trouble remembering the silly vows that they made as young men. Having so much money to spend tends to cloud memories.
One must only visit the Vatican or view telecasts of services to recognize the lavish spending. Now, an article in a newspaper has re-confirmed suspicions by reporting that a Sicilian bishop wears silk robes designed by Armani. One must recall that Sicily is one of Italy’s poorer regions, but the bishop’s comfort and image are far more important than suffering of his flock (as in those that are fleeced).
Of course, Catholic bigwigs are masters at claiming the need to “glorify god” in rationalizing excessive waste of alms supposedly destined for the greater good. But, since these egomaniacs see themselves as something better, perhaps a glance in the mirror is all they need to get a view of that “greater good”.
It was interesting to note the pride in the bishop’s response, when questioned about the unnecessary expense, about the number of female heads that he had managed to turn. We can only imagine what happened to the guy’s vow of chastity. He learned early that he could do anything he wanted, because misusing the name of “god” excused all sins.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.