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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (68 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jason Berry Narrator: Jason Berr Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Sunday collection in every Catholic church throughout the world is as familiar a part of the Mass as the homily and even Communion. There is no doubt that historically the Catholic Church has been one of the great engines of charity in history. But once a dollar is dropped in that basket, where does it go? How are weekly cash contributions that can amount to tens of thousands of dollars accounted for? Where does the money go when a diocese sells a church property for tens of millions of dollars? And what happens when hundreds of millions of dollars are turned over to officials at the highest ranks, no questions asked, for their discretionary use? The Roman Catholic Church is the largest organization in the world. The Vatican has never revealed its net worth, but the value of its works of art, great churches, property in Rome, and stocks held through its bank easily run into the tens of billions. Yet the Holy See as a sovereign state covers a mere 108 acres and has a small annual budget of about $280 million.

No major book has examined the church’s financial underpinnings and practices with such journalistic force. Today the church bears scrutiny by virtue of the vast amounts of money (nearly $2 billion in the United States alone) paid out to victims of clergy abuse. Amid mounting diocesan bankruptcies, bishops have been selling off whole pieces of the infrastructure—churches, schools, commercial properties—while the nephew of one of the Vatican’s most powerful cardinals engaged in a lucrative scheme to profiteer off the enormous downsizing of American church wealth. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marylou | 1/4/2014

    " I'm buying this book so I can use it as a reference!!! Loved it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jim | 12/7/2013

    " Interesting subject. Basically it boils down to the Vatican expecting the faithful to just pray, pay and obey. Book seemed to ramble in many places. Would rec. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cappy | 5/25/2013

    " It would be a mistake to let this book's occasional stylistic challenges stand in the way of its important substantial witness to the layers of secrecy and abuse present in the Catholic Church. This book demands the attention of all serious, responsible Catholics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary Gail O'Dea | 2/21/2013

    " writing is terrible, material is gripping. The multinational corporation that is the Catholic Church is beyond financially corrupt. Worth reading, especially for anyone still donating to the Church. "

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