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07-06-2012, 02:47 AM
Where does church money go?
Before i get branded let me first say that i am in no way a conspiracy freak,i rationalize everything.I remember as a kid being given money to give out as 'offering' in church every sunday and whenever i decided to spend it on candy or ice cream i felt so guilty.
I watched one of George Carlin's comedy skits a while back and he was asking how God can be Omnipotent,omnipresent,all-knowing,all-mighty and all those exaggerated adjectives but still need money.Then it got me thinking,are we paying God for his 'services'?You know like creating cancer (for reasons known to him) so he can miraculously heal you or helping you out sometimes.
As a kid i was always told that we give God money to show appreciation and here i was foolish enough to think it was conditional love.(narcissist ego-maniac)Then i started asking how God got the money and learnt that he gives it to priests instead.I coincidentally or incoincidentally turned atheist a few weeks later but never got an answer to that question.Churches must make billions of dollars every sunday and there is still a lot of poverty so nobody is getting help and priests dont have lavish rapper/rockstar lives so they cant be using it all.(though the pope sports alot of serious bling).

So again i ask where the hell is all that tax-free money because i'm thinking of starting a church as it will be all profit,really if i start a church for millionares and get them to contribute and tithe(which is when people give 10% of their earnings to God) i'd be a billionare in thrree months.That must be how priests feel,we laugh at them for believing in ghosts while they laugh their asses of to the bank.Let's re-convert and become millionares.

P.S. if anyone seriously knows where that money goes,help me out before i venture into this business/scam.


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07-06-2012, 03:46 AM
RE: Where does church money go?
Most of the money goes to renovation of the building, buying of materials such as the communion wafers, necessities for the priests, and charitable purposes.

The remaining is emptied into a magical vortex which sends all the money to heaven to build casinos for the angels.

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07-06-2012, 04:03 AM
RE: Where does church money go?
(07-06-2012 02:47 AM)Sirchrisnificent Wrote:  Let's re-convert and become millionaires.

Let's not.

Church money goes in priest's pocket, or he's doing it wrong. Don't really give a fuck either way 'cause money sux.

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07-06-2012, 05:45 AM
RE: Where does church money go?
Churches are organisations first and foremost. Organisations have overhead. It's not just clergy and churches. It's every position and expense you'd expect in any large hierarchical organisation.

I know many ministers in the United Church of Canada and most of them make, shall we say, modest livings.

Because churches are large hierarchical organisations, they, like all others, are subject to corruption and excess. Same with Coca-Cola, same with Greenpeace, same with the federal government.

My friend's father was a devout Catholic who gave much of his money to the church his whole life. Then he went to the Vatican and saw a room made out of gold. He left the church right then and there.

I imagine that American mega churches make money hand over fist. But that has more to do with how Americans conduct themselves than churches. It's the American dream and all. They probably have a McDonalds in them Cool

So expense one is overhead, expense two is corruption and expense three is mission. That can take the form of sending missionaries to other countries or running programs for the community. And churches run many programs. The United Church also has a long history of fighting for social justice, civil rights, native justice, that sort of thing. So costs add up.

So no one in the church is making a ton of cash. That being said, sometimes they overspend and while the individuals don't make much, their environment is bitching (see Vatican: gold room, US government: space toilets, any corporation on earth: prostitute-laiden coke-fuelled destination meetings). And, I am sure, as in any organisation, people are skimming off the top (isn't that what Jimmy Swaggert got nailed for?). <Cough cough Goldman Sachs cough cough>

At the end of the day, I agree with Cantor and add something to the pile.

Money sux.
Hierarchy sux.

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07-06-2012, 06:10 AM
RE: Where does church money go?
Power tends to corrupt, money is power, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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07-06-2012, 06:10 AM
RE: Where does church money go?
Where does church money go?
In the case of the RC church towards settlements for abusing children.
That has already de facto bankrupted the majority of US RC dioceses.
We're working on the rest.
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07-06-2012, 06:25 AM
RE: Where does church money go?
(07-06-2012 02:47 AM)Sirchrisnificent Wrote:  So again i ask where the hell is all that tax-free money because i'm thinking of starting a church as it will be all profit,really if i start a church for millionares and get them to contribute and tithe(which is when people give 10% of their earnings to God) i'd be a billionare in thrree months.
Been done already. They called it "Scientology."

Others have been milking the lower classes for centuries. Same diff.

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07-06-2012, 06:30 AM
RE: Where does church money go?
It goes straight to JC's bank account.

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07-06-2012, 06:33 AM (This post was last modified: 07-06-2012 06:59 AM by Bucky Ball.)
RE: Where does church money go?
(07-06-2012 04:03 AM)houseofcantor Wrote:  
(07-06-2012 02:47 AM)Sirchrisnificent Wrote:  Let's re-convert and become millionaires.

Let's not.

Church money goes in priest's pocket, or he's doing it wrong. Don't really give a fuck either way 'cause money sux.
sorry, my friend. ... that bulge in the pocket wasn't money .. Tongue

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07-06-2012, 06:58 AM
RE: Where does church money go?
It varies from church to church on how they handle it but, the majority of money goes toward maintaining their facility. Those giant bell towers with gleaming bronze bells and statues don't build themselves.

Often almost nothing goes to charity, that is why churches have canned food drives and whatnot, because they don't actually have any money to go buy canned food, they are spending it all on themselves. For example, there is a church in my city right now doing a 7 million dollar fundraising project to desperately keep their 1870's bell tower from collapsing. This basically means they have pumped every last dime they got this year into it, and still need 7 million more, so how much do you think they have left for charity when they are 7 million in the red?

This is exactly why I never give to religious charities, EVER. Like a bad pimp, Jebus always has to take his cut.
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