It makes me feel better that I never shop at Home Depot:
A major Republican donor, Langone told CNBC in a story published online Monday that wealthy people such as himself might stop giving to charity if the Pope continues to make statements criticizing capitalism and income inequality.
Langone described the Pope's comments about a "culture of prosperity" as "exclusionary" statements that may make some of the rich "incapable of feeling compassion for the poor."
Langone, who is leading an effort to raise money for the restoration of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan said he relayed these concerns to Cardinal Timothy Dolan in New York. Specifically, Langone said he told the church leader he spoke to a donor who could give millions of dollars to the cathedral project but was worried about the Pope's "exclusionary" remarks.
Exclusionary? You want exclusionary?
Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: 'You are not to commit adultery; you must nor murder, or steal; and you are not to give false testimony; you are to honor your father and mother.'"
And he said, "I have observed all these since I was a child."
When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "You are still short one thing. Sell everything you have and distribute (the proceeds) among the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. And then come, follow me."
But when he heard this, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich.
When Jesus observed that he had become very said, he said, "How difficult is it for those with real money to enter God's domain! It's easier for a camel to squeeze through a needle's eye than for a wealthy person to get into God's domain." (Luke 18:13-25, SV)
That Jesus; always making the rich incapable of feeling compassion for the poor. Or for Jesus, for that matter, who wasn't rich, either. And, just to pile on:
What keeps you from giving now? Isn't the poor person there? Aren't your own warehouses full? Isn't the reward promised? The command is clear: the hungry person is dying now, the naked person is freezing now, the person in debt is beaten now-and you want to wait until tomorrow? "I'm not doing any harm," you say. "I just want to keep what I own, that's all." You own! You are like someone who sits down in a theater and keeps everyone else away, saying that what is there for everyone's use is your own. . . . If everyone took only what they needed and gave the rest to those in need, there would be no such thing as rich and poor. After all, didn't you come into life naked, and won't you return naked to the earth?
The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry person; the coat hanging unused in your closet belongs to the person who needs it; the shoes rotting in your closet belong to the person with no shoes; the money which you put in the bank belongs to the poor. You do wrong to everyone you could help, but fail to help.
The large rooms of which you are so proud are in fact your shame. They are big enough to hold crowds--and also big enough to shut out the voices of the poor....There is your sister or brother, naked, crying! And you stand confused over the choice of an attractive floor covering.
The crowds would ask him, "What should we do?"
And he would answer them, "Whoever has two shirts should share with someone who has none; whoever has food should do the same....I baptize you with water; but someone more powerful than I is coming, whose sandal straps I am not fit to untie. He'll baptize you with [holy] spirit and fire. His pitchfork is in his hand, to make a clean sweep of his threshing floor and to gather his wheat into the granary, but the chaff he'll burn in a fire that can't be put out." (Luke 3:10-11, 16b-17, SV)
And then back to Jesus again:
There was a rich man whose fields produced a bumper crop. "What do I do now?" he asked himself, "since I don't have any place to store my crops. I know! I'll tear down my barns and build larger ones, so I can store all my grain and my goods. Then I'll say to myself, "You have plenty put away for years to come. Take it easy, eat, drink, enjoy yourself." But God said to him, "You fool! This very night your life will be demanded back from you. All this stuff you've collected--whose will it be now?" That's the way it is for those who save up for themselves, but aren't rich where God is concerned.
He said to his disciples, "That's why I tell you: don't fret about life-what you're going to eat--or bout your body--what you're going to wear. Remember, there is more to living than food and clothing. Think about the crows: they don't plant or harvest, they don't have storerooms or barns. Yet God feeds them. You're worth a lot more than the birds!" (Luke 12: 16b-24, SV)
There was this rich man who wore clothing fit for a king and who dined lavishly every day. This poor man, named Lazarus, languished at his gate, all covered with sores. He longed to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Dogs even used to come and lick his sores. It so happened that the poor man died and was carried by the heavenly messengers to be with Abraham. The rich man died too, and was buried.
From Hades, where he was being tortured, he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off and Lazarus with him. He called out, "Father Abraham, have pity on me! Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water to cool my tongue, for I am in torment in these flames."
But Abraham said, "My child, remember that you had good fortune in your lifetime, while Lazraus had it bad. Now he is being comforted here, and you are in torment. And besides all this, a great chasm has been set between us and you, so that even those who want to cross over from here to you cannot, and no one can cross over from that side to ours."
But he said, "Father, I beg you then, send him to my father's house--after all, I have five brothers--so that he can warn them not to wind up in this place of torture."
But Abraham says, "They have Moses and the prophets; why don't they listen to them?"
"But they won't do that, father Abraham," he said. "However, if someone appears to them from the dead, they'll have a change of heart."
Abraham said to him, "If they don't listen to Moses and the prophets, they won't be convinced even if someone were to rise from the dead." (Luke 16:19-31, SV)
Damn you rich!Jesus was such a buzz kill on the rich. How are they expected to feel compassion for the poor now? Good thing the cathedral is St. Patrick's, or rich people might not give any money to it at all.
You already have your consolation!
Damn you who are well-fed now!
You will know hunger.
Damn you who laugh now!
You will learn to weep and grieve.
Damn you when everyone speaks well of you! Recall that their ancestors treated the phony prophets the same way. (Luke 6:24-26, SV)