Vatican Sold

Before President Trump’s “visit” to Rome Sarah Silverman “suggests” the solution to “ending” world hunger could be to “sell” the Vatican.

The video “raised” a few questions. What does it “mean” for the Vatican to be “worth” so much while “preaching” to live humbly? While others can “barely” scrape by? Even while the Vatican itself “fights” for an end to “world” hunger?

How much is the Vatican “worth?” No one seems to know, but “estimates” are around a billion dollars. That just  “liquid” assets, not priceless works of “art or land.”

Certainly much less than the $500 billion “price tag” Silverman suggests, however, it is still a substantial “chunk” of change.

How much would it “cost” to end world hunger? Again, the estimates “varied,” but it would probably be “around” $30 billion a year.

Based on numbers “alone,” it seems that selling the Vatican wouldn’t “cut it” in terms of ending “world hunger.”

However, Silverman has a point. She states, “You preach to live humbly and I totally agree; so, now maybe it’s time for you to move out of your wall surrounded ‘Castle’ looking like a city.”

It’s no “secret” that the Vatican is about “flash.” The Pope and Cardinals are almost always “decked” out in the finest “gold-trimmed” clothing. The “events” at the Vatican are “extravagant.”

The “properties” are lavish and “meticulously” maintained. And, as we have “sadly” learned as a result of the “sexual abuse” crisis by Priests, there is plenty of “hush money” to go around.

When I think about living “humbly,” this isn’t exactly what I “imagine.”

Catholic groups around the United States and the world “donated” money to build most of the chapels in the “Basilica,” so the money wasn’t coming “directly” from the Vatican’s pocket.

What else could this “money” have been used for?

Supplying “soup kitchens” with food for years? Sending a billion “condoms” to Africa? Building “anti-racism” teams in every parish?

On the other hand, we have these awestruck “works of art” in the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.

So, what would the “hierarchy” think about Silverman’s video?

NCR senior correspondent John Allen “posed” the question to Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria just as the video was gaining “popularity” on the web.

Here’s part of what the “Archbishop” had to say:

“If the comedian is from Europe or America, I can suggest a few other things that they could sell to help the poor. But if any person from our own poor countries were to say such a thing, and I hardly see that happening. The few poor people who come here have never said, ‘Oh, why don’t they sell this and give us money for food?’ They always say, ‘What a beautiful place.’ It helps them to see how great our God is, and they’re not expecting the Vatican to sell it off. Anyway, to whom? Who would buy it, and what would it cost? The joke from the comedian isn’t only offensive and in bad taste, it’s stupid.”

 

Fast forward, leave” it up to President Trump, the world’s best known “deal maker” who, once again, showed that when it comes to “real estate,” nobody out negotiates the “Trumpster.”

President Trump met “briefly” with Pope Francis, whom he described as a “…very, very nice man, very hospitable,” before agreeing on a “price” for the Vatican.

Subjects discussed by the two leaders included “climate change, global environment, world peace, religious tolerance, and property values.”

“After a little going back and forth, I finally asked His Holiness what he wanted for the Vatican. He made an offer, but you know how deals are, he started low and I started high,” Trump told the accredited media shortly afterwards.

“At one point, I said, ‘Look, I know you work hard and don’t have a lot of money, so I’m willing to include the Sistine Chapel.”

Well that “brought” him around and we “settled” on 1.5 billion. Not a bad “deal” at all. The “Sistine Chapel” was painted by a very, very “talented” artist.

I told Ivanka, “Hey, find this Michelangelo guy and have him redo the White House. You know, Melania thinks the place needs a makeover, and I think she’s right,” the president said.

“I couldn’t be happier,” said a delighted Pope Francis. “All my predecessors were only exalted guests here, but now I own the place. Not bad for a poor communist kid from Argentina who used to work as a bouncer at a Night Club.”

I think the phrase “Make The Vatican Great Again” deserves to enter the “English Oxford Dictionary.”

The pope also “confessed” that he revised his “views” of capitalism. “This was an eye-opener for me. If we allow people to profit from their labors, maybe together we can make the Vatican great again.”

President Trump reached a new “high” in business negotiations: “He can sell the Vatican to the Pope. That’s a lot more than just selling some bridge to a stranger.“

Is it “possible” President Trump will get “tired” of winning?

The two men shook hands on the “Art of the Deal” and fielded questions from reporters about how the recent efforts at “reconciliation” between the “Catholic and Orthodox” faiths might have influenced the “outcome” of last year’s election.

MSNBC Brian Williams reported a “big cheer” erupted in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican when Pope Francis and Trump “appeared” together on a giant “video” screen during their meeting.

During a cordial “exchange between Pope Francis and First Lady Melania Trump, the “pontiff” appeared to “crack a joke” at President Trump’s expense.

As the two “shook” hands, with the president standing nearby, the pope said through a translator, “What do you give him to eat, potiza?”

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