Connected to the branding theme of previous item.
Most online Catholic writers are drunk on autistic theology. They fuss and fidget endlessly and CRUELLY about microscopic details of insane liturgy, trying to defend Bergoglio because he’s authorized by Canon Law 84390854689 subpart A.410, but he failed to pronounce the 59.12th word in Catechism Subphase u48356xx834834yq75689 exactly right per the authority of the 47.14th Lateran Council in 1287. These Schoolmen are still playing the same idiotic and NASTY game that my old bud Bill Ockham tried to warn them against.
Here’s a writer in Crisis Mag who gets down to the reality of a church as a community. Sean Fitzpatrick asks whether the church would be better off without its tax exemption.
Fitzpatrick hits the biggest point hard and true. Tax exemption provides blackmail leverage for government. Churches who want to keep the exemption MUST obey Deepstate’s commands. The exemption cancels out the claim in the obsolete deleted “constitution” that religion should not be Established.
Fitzpatrick is unduly pessimistic about the other side of the exemption:
And while the loss of such a financial benefit may cripple much charitable good that the Church is doing in this country, such a loss may actually be an occasion for great gain as the Church and her ministers and faithful would have to embrace a leaner way of worship and evangelization. That may be just the hard medicine our softening Church needs. Perhaps it’s time to make the Catholic Church poor again.
Probably true, but misses the difference between types of donors. Demons donate FOR TAX PURPOSES. Demons hate tax even more than they hate peasants.
Ordinary people pay for value, not for tax evasion. Ordinary people support a church because they like what it’s doing. Pay for value would force the church to give CHRISTIAN VALUE for CHRISTIAN PAY, instead of simply helping demons to get richer. (And now we’re back to Ockham again.)
The total income might be leaner, but I wouldn’t bet on it. After you bring back the non-demons who have been closing their wallets for 50 years, the total might even be fatter.
Fitzpatrick ends with a strong line:
The Church should choose to render to Caesar what is Caesar’s in order to give to God what is God’s.
Says it all. You could take it one step farther: Christianity began when Joseph paid his taxes.