Once again, Pope Francis, who comes to the United States later this month, is acting like a true Republican in stark contrast to the “religious” conservatives on the right.
In an interview with a Portuguese radio host, Francis said that should any religious institutions such as Catholic churches refuse to house refugees they should immediately lose their tax exempt status:
Some religious orders say ‘No, now that the convent is empty we are going to make a hotel and we can have guests, and support ourselves that way, or make money.’ Well, if that is what you want to do, then pay taxes! A religious school is tax-exempt because it is religious, but if it is functioning as a hotel, then it should pay taxes just like its neighbor. Otherwise it is not fair business.
Pope Francis is saying what liberals have been for years: if you don’t adhere to the true followings ad teachings of Christ, you should not be tax exempt. I’m glad the Pope, the leader of the world’s largest Christian church, agrees.
Now we sit and wait for Republicans to scream “Christian persecution” before their thick skulls explode.
So, churches, start living according to your word or pay up! Hopefully the IRS will take action and all the multi-million dollar mega-churches and televangelists will be put out of business.
This also comes as Pope Francis has called on every Catholic parish in Europe to take in refugees and their families. Europe is experiencing the largest influx of Syrian and other Middle eastern refugees than any other region in the world. The United States announced recently it will bring in as many as 10,000.
The Vatican is also walking the talk by hosting a Syrian family. Time for crony Christians to put up or shut up.
Hopefully America’s Catholic parishes will rise to the task and aid in helping the refugee crisis. Francis’ visit could not have come at a better time.
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