Vatican's US donors get access for a $500 pittance

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  • Californian#[email protected] San Francisco, CA
    Oct. 26, 2013 4:44 p.m.

    I seriously doubt that these people are making any pretense of "buying their way into heaven," just as we hope no one would promote the same myth about LDS tithing.

    These are patrons of the arts who love the cultural richness that the Vatican represents. Some of them may not even be Catholic, but perhaps want to help the Vatican preserve its cultural heritage. I'm LDS, but I donated to the restoration fund for one of California'a historic Franciscan missions. People who appreciate and can afford to support the symphony, opera, theatre, museums, other cultural institutions, or colleges do this all the time. In appreciation, those institutions give them special viewing or visiting privileges. What's wrong with that?

    Why do so many interesting stories about the beliefs, practices, or physical possessions of various religious groups have to turn into opportunities to find fault or make snotty remarks about those religions?

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Oct. 26, 2013 6:30 a.m.


    Don't kid yourself. At the end of the day, there is no difference. It's just packaging.

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 25, 2013 11:19 a.m.

    money buys access. It seems like the Christ like thing to do, right?

  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    Oct. 25, 2013 9:26 a.m.

    It is sad, in a way, that they are willing to part with large sums of money for the privilege of entering a building to see its art. Latter-day Saints part with 10%+ of their income for the privilege of entering temples to be sealed as families for eternity. I think that is a much better investment.