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4.0 out of 5 stars The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same!
A first class account of the current state of the Catholic Church. But, of course, it could just as easily have been written almost any time since the Church was founded in the fourth century. Corruption and Catholicism have always been constant bed-fellows!

Of current interest is chapter 12 which has a look at the workings of (then) Bishop William Levada...
Published on 14 Jun 2012 by Honrus Publicus

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3.0 out of 5 stars Confused?
Like countless other books, `Render unto Rome' gave me lots of instances of Vatican bank corruption. Yet, it left me confused as to what allows the Vatican Bank to be a cesspool of money laundering and a host of other illegal activities.

Another book The Vatican Murders: The Life and Death of John Paul I cleared this up for me.

For example, all money...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same!, 14 Jun 2012
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This review is from: Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church (Kindle Edition)
A first class account of the current state of the Catholic Church. But, of course, it could just as easily have been written almost any time since the Church was founded in the fourth century. Corruption and Catholicism have always been constant bed-fellows!

Of current interest is chapter 12 which has a look at the workings of (then) Bishop William Levada. Cardinal, as he now is, Levada is the senior Catholic cleric currently stamping down on the "recalcitrant" nuns in the USA. Perhaps the Catholic Church should look at it owns actions much closer to home (in Rome)than worry about a group of troublesome women.

But then, since Pius IX, the Catholic Church has always always seen its own actions as "infallible", even while most people can see them as corrupt!

The book goes into great detail about how some of the US bishops managed their own archdioces. We have single bishops living in mansions which would house several families while poor people "live" (or just exist) in small hovels. Bishops are given almost unlimited ability to manage their "kingdoms". Anyone working for less than $8 per hour should look at how some of these "princes" live. Cardinals earn more than $100,000 a year. What for? Oh yeah, because they are spreading the word of God! Though some of them are also spreading their OWN seed!

I have no idea why anybody even bothers to walk into a Catholic church!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Confused?, 15 July 2014
This review is from: Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church (Kindle Edition)
Like countless other books, `Render unto Rome' gave me lots of instances of Vatican bank corruption. Yet, it left me confused as to what allows the Vatican Bank to be a cesspool of money laundering and a host of other illegal activities.

Another book The Vatican Murders: The Life and Death of John Paul I cleared this up for me.

For example, all money passing into or out of a nation must pass through its central bank (to control exchange rates and sometimes economies). It is possible for someone to walk into the Vatican Bank from the streets of Rome and transfer it anywhere in the world without going through the Bank of Italy (the Vatican gets a healthy fee). This is still true today.

Too, the Vatican Bank is really a depository for charitable funds collected for the poor. Because the bank reports directly to the Pope he has the sole authority to misuses these funds.

For example, in 2010, Benedict XVI approved a contribution from the Vatican Bank to the Vatican of $50 million, thereby diverting money collected for the poor to maintain the lifestyle of Vatican City. More recently, Pope Francis diverted a few million more from the Vatican Bank (the poor) to add amenities to the Sancta Marta Palace where he lives today.

In addition to explaining how the Vatican Bank works, The Vatican Murders: The Life and Death of John Paul I: Driven by what was, at the time, the most obvious motive for murder: John Paul's threat of economic movement toward Marxism in the west and liberal reformation within the Church, the book--a blend of curia cardinals and capitalistic powers and the disappearance of Vatican bank money in Central America --proves the conspiracy that planned the Great Vatican Bank Scandal was the same conspiracy that plotted the Murder of Pope John Paul I.

For those unfamiliar with The Great Vatican Bank Scandal: In the month following the death of the 33-day Pope, John Paul II and Roberto Calvi (Banco Ambrosiano) began raising money from unsuspecting European investors and transferred it to Nicaragua ($1.3 billion) to support the Contras' annihilation of the revolution of the poor in Central America in which nine hundred priests and nuns leading the revolution lost their lives. In 1998, the four Contra soldiers convicted of the rape and murder of four nuns told reporters the order to carry out the horrific deed came directly from the top (the Vatican).
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars God and mammon, 30 Oct 2011
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This book is a good account of the mess the Roman Catholic church in the US is in because of the sexual abuse cases and their mismanagement. However it could havendone with more editing as it is convoluted at times and occasionally the potted biographies do not help. Nonetheless it is worth reading if you can stand thenraised blood pressure it provokes.
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