Politics & Media
Apr 18, 2008, 10:44AM

Pope Shows Off While Food Price Skyrocket

The necessities of daily life, already expensive for the world's impoverished, have been rapidly rising in price, causing anguish and social unrest. Yet that's not what the American media is talking about. Instead we hear about the visit of a German man who lives in a palace and tells us to care for the poor. A Kentucky writer has found all this a little objectionable.

"The frenzied coverage of the pope's visit makes much of Benedict's Prada shoes but stops short of mentioning the shocking hypocrisy of the Vatican and the Catholic Church. When the pope says goodbye to President Bush and flies back to his throne in Vatican City, he'll be sitting on billions of dollars, all during an ever-worsening food crisis that affects people around the world.

While Vatican City is in control of an unspeakable amount of money - literally unspeakable, since the Vatican is so secretive that it is difficult to gauge its actual worth - food prices are increasing at a crushing rate. People of many nations are unable to provide for themselves and their families.

Again, I was a bad student of Catholicism, and I'm generally the last person you'd expect to see referring to the Bible in a column, but I seem to recall something about a camel having an easier time passing through the eye of a needle than a rich man through the gates of heaven.



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