Pope Benedict XVI: 5 Ways He Was Also an Economic Shepherd

Pope in Vatican City, Vatican.
In its two millennia of existence, the Catholic Church has picked up more than a few valuable tchotchkes, including billions of dollars worth of real estate, thousands of churches, and an art collection that is -- literally -- priceless. It's not surprising, then, that when one thinks of the grandeur of the Church of Rome, saving money isn't usually the first thing that comes to mind.

But as we attempt to sum up the soon-to-end papacy of Pope Benedict XVI, an interesting pattern emerges: The former Cardinal Ratzenberger, successor to John Paul II, endorsed quite a few positions that could have a major effect on the personal finances of millions of people. As it turns out, the pontiff dubbed the "Green Pope" for his stances on the environment was also a major advocate for families struggling with money.

Here are five ways Benedict's papacy may have impacted our lives and pocketbooks.

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An economic shepherd? Are you nuts? Millions of Catholics on welfare and the dole while the pope lives in luxury and his "church" pays no taxes? Priest/Pedophiles being paid to run around the world and spread their vermin while assulting little kids? Ten of thousand of victims suffering years of abuse by these monsters? And he hides in luxury while they suffer in pain and silence? TAX THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND ALL ITS LANDS AND ENTITIES. Then put the pope and his ilk in jail - at his expense. He and his "cardinals" are cowards.

February 18 2013 at 3:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Right. His legacy will be the shepherding and protection of pedophiles. As far as his position on \"responsible procreation,\" what a joke. When I hear any Pope advocate for womens\' rights, I will begin to believe that the Church has moved into the 21st Century to a small degree. Don\'t hold your breath. And for any Christian organization to sit on the vast wealth that the RCC has at their disposal is the absolute antithesis of Jesus\' teachings. Every Cardinal and every Pope should have the Sermon on the Mount tattooed on their chests so that it\'s a reminder every day of how far they are from Christ\'s words. If there is to be a Second Coming and judgement, Jesus is not going to like what he sees at the Vatican.

February 18 2013 at 1:54 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Economic Shepherd my a**! How has he traveled when leaving the vatacian, in an electric vehicle, I think not.. How much has he taken from his coffers to feed the poor? Has any money made from making deals during WWII been given back to the people it came from? I doubt it. Charity begins at home (the vatacian) and that is where it stays.

February 18 2013 at 12:49 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

What the Pope did best was shepherd his Child-molesters away from the police......

February 17 2013 at 3:36 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Don't forget how the Pope has spread billions to children throughout the world. Of course, they needed to be brutally raped to get it and then only with a good lawyer.

February 17 2013 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Funny how the Vatican supposedly is the word of Christ who preached humility while they live in the lap of luxury.

February 17 2013 at 9:56 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Wow, the Pope installing solar panels. How 21st century of him. Now if the Vatican would get caught up on the really important stuff, all those billions of blind believers might have better lives. Somebody mentioned that there needs to be a black female pope (popess?). What would be more important to me is if they would put in someone who really believes what the Bible says about rich people, compassion, and especially children (aren't they supposed to be treated especially kindly by the adults?) Jesus may love the little children, but the Church seemed ok with just using them. Here's a concept - How about a Bible-believing Pope!

Oh - and the hats and robes gotta go. I went to see a production of The Balcony by Genet last week. Once you've seen that play, its impossible to look at the vestments of Vatican and not just burst out laughing.

February 17 2013 at 9:52 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

What a load of nonsense. Population Control?? The Church continues to oppose any limits on the growth of human population... overpopulation which is right now ruining our planet and killing off other species. In continuing this reckless overgrowth, humanity is acting in a grossly immoral manner. The fact that the bible-based religions are not speaking out about the wrongness of this situation proves that they don\'t speak for god. These religions are foolishly encouraging human population increase. Ethical leadership? Hah! We are ruining Earth ....and they stare at the ceiling.

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