Cardinal George Pell living like a king on the Vatican’s money 648



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One of Australia’s most recognisable religious figures, Cardinal George Pell, is currently living in Vatican City, assisting with the Vatican’s finances. But what the Pope may not have expected was Cardinal Pell’s penchant for the finer things…

Since being hand-picked by Pope Francis to sort out the Vatican’s finances, it seems that Cardinal Pell has been contributing to some monetary issues – he’s been accused of spending more than 500,000 euros (about $715,000 AUD).

So what exactly has the former archbishop of Sydney been spending his money on during his employment as the Secretariat for the Economy?

According the figures published in Italian magazine L’Espresso, Cardinal Pell has allegedly spent €2508 ($3600) on religious robes at a tailor and about $6650 on kitchen-sink fittings. He has also insisted on flying business class, paying $21,000 a month for an Australian assistant, and has spent more than $5100 a month on upmarket accommodation while his superior, Pope Francis, lives in a humble dwelling.

The Vatican funds are supposed to be freed up for the poor and needy, so it is shocking to find out that a Catholic man would be so selfish. He even said, on accepting the job, that he would try to save the Vatican “millions, if not tens of millions” of dollars a year.

So why then is it being revealed that he has spent nearly $87,000 on furniture?

These leaks about his spending are suspected to have been uncovered by others in the Vatican who are unhappy with Cardinal Pell.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi is the only person to have spoken about the leaked expenses of Cardinal Pell but said that “passing confidential documents to the press for polemical ends or to foster conflict is not new, but is always to be strongly condemned, and is illegal”.

It’s not yet clear what Pope Francis thinks of the negative attention his new employee is receiving, but a recent speech he gave may reveal his standings on unnecessary lavish spending. He said, “When money becomes an idol, it commands the choices of man. And thus it ruins man and condemns him. It makes him a slave”.


What do you think? Should George Pell be condemned for his actions or is he free to spend as he wishes? 

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  1. Doesn’t surprise me he’s a grub covered sex abuse in the church in Australia and flees to rome to escape and I AM a catholic

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    • yes, I am a protestant, my husband was Catholic and wanted our son to become Catholic, but I fought tooth and nail for that never to happen, purely because of all of this rubbish… non christian behaviour…

    • Bill stokes get your head out of you know where a face reality its people like you that have let the catholic church get away with this crap for centuries time it all stopped and they were made accountable

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      • So agree with you Suzanne, the Catholic church has a lot to answer for, the cover ups, the paedophiles who abused children over decades, Religion used to cover crimes and greed….And the loyal devotees just keep giving, when in fact the Catholic Church(Vatican) is one of the richest entities in the world……and the poor are dying of starvation and disease.. Is this God’s will????…..

    • Bill Stokes, the proof is hidden, like most of this corrupt cult! Ban all cults, they just corrupt normal human beings by being brainwashed into believing in some man made fanatic cult

    • buying mail order brides is a form of sex abuse its just that men dont yet ge that .just because you are a catholic and poor you should not have to sell sex to get into a mans bank account .the catholic church is a criminal organization that makes money any way they can and have yet to speak out against sham marriages

    • Well that’s the Vatican for you. They have so much wealth anyway & don’t give a rats arse for the poor . So what’s all the fuss about a pedifile leaving such a trail of distruction in Aus; to go enjoy what all the other slimmy bastards that crawl over to rome to have the life that all good little ROCK SPIDERS are already having. Now tell me what would JESUS be thinking if he was here right now ————————Thank my lucky stars I am a Callathumpian —

    • Just do away with the catholic and have faith in God and you will still be ok. You don’t need a man made religion just faith between yourself and God

  2. He should have been fired years ago for his cover up of child sexual abuse in his church, by just transfering pedophile priests to other districts so they could keep on doing it. Bastard

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  3. Send him to an impoverished community to really serve the people as an ordinary priest

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  4. I agree with contributor Lynne. And appalling behaviour that I am not in the least surprised about from this man.

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