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article imageOp-Ed: So where's the 'occupy Vatican' movement?

By Michael Werbowski     Jan 29, 2012 in World
Rome - The Vatican corruption scandals should be checked with popular protest by the faithful, in order to spur the Catholic church to clean up its act. Maybe it's time for the 99 percent to do "God's work"?
Personally, I think Wall Street is getting a bad rap these days. Bankers have always been in the business of fleecing their clients and their main mission or raison d'etre, in life is paying attention to the bottom line whatever the costs to the rest of us 99 percent of the world's inhabitants might be in terms of our standards of living. There is no concept of sin in the mind's of "moneychangers" as Gerald Celente, the prophet of global financial doom and gloom calls them. But one story which struck me head on last week, was about the internal accounting and corruption scandals at the Vatican in Rome. These questionable acts, bare an unseemly and uncanny resemblance to those currently practised with impunity by popes of high finance, who are (as they proudly declare) doing "God's work" on our behalf, at the bailed out big mega-banks in London, New York and Frankfurt .
In the case of the Vatican though, after all the bad media coverage related to scandals revolving around paedophile priests and other members of the cloth over the years , the revelations surfacing about how money is mismanaged or stolen at the Holy See are most untimely. Bankers and their acolytes such as traders and hedge fund managers are no priests by any means, we all know that, and they're not supposed to be either. On the other hand, the representatives running the seat of the pope's kingdom, have to be held to the highest account of morality. They must set a higher ethical standard for us all (believers or secularists) to follow and not engage in embezzlement as the news wire story maintains . The scandals of financial misdeeds at the Vatican are not only a blemish on the "Holy Father's" caped white mozetta, they tarnish the image of the catholic church as well. Is the Holy See the seat of monetary turpitude? If this is the case, then this possibility may not please the lord's representative on earth one bit; nor should it give much spiritual comfort to the millions of catholics and other faithful or disciples of the man from Nazareth. After all how can the Pope call for more morality in finance and less gluttony for personal enrichment, if his closest and trusted advisers and inner circle of assistants seemingly don't practise what he, his holiness preaches to the rest of the wayward flock?
Occupying from St-Paul's Cathedral to the Vatican at St-Peter's square
Of course any occupation of the magnificent square or the Piazzo Pio VII would not in any way be a protest movement against the church as an institution per se, . Rather it would be a vocal message to the cardinals, monseigneurs, and other laborers of the Lord, that certain practises are simply not only unacceptable, immoral , unjust but unpopular to all practitioners of the faith in this present era of great social deprivation and human suffering (brought on by the most ruthless non-believers in the principles of social justice). Mind you, such a protest or encampment, is not only in the interests of catholics, but also any citizen who is simply fed up with the governments', banks', or more generally speaking institutionalized graft or greed ; whether it takes place in the depraved and heathen world of finance or in the lofty and ordained domain of the Catholic church. Peaceful, it must be, by all respects as the Vatican is a holy place to be respected and revered. But Jesus was a great prophet who spoke up for the common man and bridled against injustice. An occupy movement descending on the Vatican would be an action "the son of God" might even endorse from his celestial headquarters.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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