.....”The monetary value of the Vatican and Catholic Churches around the world are FAR in excess of $1 billion....”
Here we go again with nonsensical arguments. Anyone that lumps the value of all the Catholic Churches into the value of the Vatican has rocks for brains. I will give you another chance to think this through.
The Catholic church is made up of a few billion Catholics. Of course there is monetary value in the churches. As for the Vatican, just what amount would you be willing to sell the Pieta for if you owned it - and would you guarantee that it would be protected from damages? How about the Sistine Chapel????????? How much should the CC sell that for anyway? What price the works of Michelangelo, Raphael, etc....? The Vatican, if it was owned by someone else, would still be a museum filled with priceless art works.
Every Catholic who donates money to the church is paying for the preservation of the Christian worlds’ priceless history and heritage.
What a show of grace.
The vatican and the churches, two different things. Perhaps you are to focused on throwing insults to think before you make an ass of yourself.