The Catholic church is pretty wealthy by any standards. The Vatican is technically it’s own country, the assets owned are huge to the point of being near uncountable while the liquid assets are massive indeed (including all that cash placed in collection plates every service). So why, if the Catholic Church is so loaded with cash, are religious events being subsidised by the Australian Federal Government? Is this an edorsement of the Catholic Faith by the Federal Government or is it more of an investment, with money being spent to attract more people to the event so they inject money into the economy? Regardless, the Catholic Church church certainly needs no financial assistance in order for the event to take place, therefore the Government should not be spending money on it.
The Federal Government has agreed to give an extra $15 million to the Catholic Church to run World Youth Day, to be held in Sydney this time next year.
A spokesman for the Prime Minister says John Howard met with Catholic Archbishop George Pell yesterday and agreed on the funding package.
The extra funding was requested by the Cardinal Pell and takes the Government’s commitment to $35 million.
The NSW Government has also committed $20 million.
Catholic World Youth Day is being billed as the biggest event in Sydney since the 2000 Olympics.
More than 135,000 registrations have already been received for the event.
The final mass with Pope Benedict is expected to attract 500,000 people.
35 million dollars put towards a religious event in a supposedly secular country when areas such as health and education are desperate for extra funding. Of course, the NSW Government, as stated, has also thrown in 20 million dollars so they’re no better.
This seems to be a slap in the face to sensible spending priorities for sure.