Vatican Now Accepting a New Form of ‘Vampire’ Payment: Visa, Master Card, Cash, and… Wait! What?!
The Vatican is now accepting Visa, MasterCard, Discover, cash and blood as forms of payment into their Vatican museums. No joke! We all know the Vatican has multiple issues, but now literally blood is being accepted as a form of payment.
According to the Vatican Radio, “donors who give blood at Gemelli Hospital’s blood transfusion centre will receive a voucher for a reduced price entry ticket to the Vatican Museums at the cost of 4 Euro, as well as the opportunity to ‘skip-the-line’.”
While an adult ticket to the Vatican Museums currently costs 16 euros, donors will receive a voucher for four euros each time they give blood. This means that donors must give blood four times if they wish to access the Museums for free.
Moreover, since a donor typically gives a pint of blood per session, it will cost blood-givers nearly two liters of blood – 34 percent of the body’s total blood supply – to gaze upon the Laocoon, the Apollo Belvedere, or Michelangelo’s Last Judgment for free.
Here are the top six scandals of the Vatican church:
1. Nazi-Friendly Priest
Bishops and priests were accused of helping high-ranking Nazis escape during WWII. Alois Hudal, a bishop, openly shared his pro-Nazi views and is believed to have helped dozens escape. Krunoslav, a Croatian priest, also played a key role in organizing a Nazi escape line. Ludwig Kaas, a Roman Catholic priest and prominent German politician leading the Centre Party (a Catholic Political Party), aided Hitler in obtaining votes. Kaas gave a speech outside Reichstag voicing the Party’s support for the Enabling Act, an act which gave Adolf Hitler the power to enact laws without the involvement of the Reichstag (a legislative body in German)… This act is sickly similar to the Patriot Act enacted by Bush and was a major step in instituting the dictatorship of Hitler.
2. Vatican Bank Scandals
The Catholic bank, Banco Ambrosiano, made a series of unsecured loans to Panamanian shell companies, transactions facilitated by the Vatican Bank. When their bank collapsed in the ’80s, the Vatican denied any workings with the group, but would eventually pay $224 million to various creditors. It was soon discovered that the Catholic bank was involved in money laundering with Italian gangs; however, no one from the Vatican was arrested.
3. Prostitute Rings, Gay Networks and Homosexuality
There are far too many sex scandals that have occurred in the Vatican. There are priests who are gay but celibate, priests who actively engage in a gay sexual activity, and priests who endorse it in contradiction to their own policy.
According to the catechism, homosexuals are to be treated with respect and compassion, however, the homosexual acts themselves are contrary to natural law and are not approved by the church. Yet many of these sinful acts remain.
Two well-known Vatican members ran a gay prostitution ring, Angelo Balducci, and Ghinedu Ehiem, which many believe lead to the resignation of Pope Benedict.
4. Mafia Links
The church has managed to maintain a troubling relationship with Italy’s powerful criminal organizations – from the Sicilian Mafia to the Calabrian Ndrangheta and Campanian Camorra. At a time when the church was not reconciled with the Italian state, they looked to other sources for local authority and the Mafia fit the bill. As a result, this leads to years of the church turning a blind eye to their wrongdoings, which we still see the effects of today.
5. Baby Theft
Nuns, priests, doctors, and nurses all conspired to steal as many as 300 Spanish babies over the course of five decades. Spanish babies, because many of the Spanish hospitals were run by the Church. Moms were informed that their children died at birth and shown an infant’s corpse. The babies were believed to have either been sacrificed under some sort of ritual or sold to approved families for large sums of money. Sister Maria Gomez was one of the first Nuns to be charged.
6. Child Abuse
The Vatican, for decades, has denied all knowledge of child abuse. However, it has been suggested that a Latin document, signed by Pope John XXIII in 1962, proves otherwise. This document lays down a policy of secrecy in dealing with sexual abuse and recommends victims to take an oath of silence. Those who do not comply are excommunicated.
Pope Benedict, Pope Francis, and many others have been accused of covering up child sexual abuse within the church. The Popes themselves are even involved.
July 24, 2017