6 January 2018

Gold ...

On the Feast of the Epiphany, by ancient English Tradition the Sovereign's representative offers in the Chapel Royal (Catharine of Aragon's Tudor one right inside the Palace of S James, where the Chapel Royal functions in the Winter months; not in Henrietta Maria's Inigo Jones masterpiece whither the Chapel migrates at Easter) gifts of GOLD, Incense, and Myrrh ... Epiphany, when pictures of the Magoi ... or, as the folk-religion of Latin Christendom calls them, the three kings ... get one thinking about money yet again. GOLD! We had our Golden Wedding last year. Our ingenious children  ...

But I digress.

In the Mueller Interview, I read:  
"The biggest danger to the Pope these days are those opportunists, careerists, and false friends who are concerned not for the good of the Church, but for their own financial interests and self-advancement."

Money! There's money, his Eminence reveals to us, in being a Bergoglian! How does one get it?  I thought the naughty fellows were disinterestedly clustered in the Bergogliosphere out of mere pravitas haeretica. Gold! Does one get in touch with the Papal Almoner? Would he provide me with a nice golden chalice and paten ... baroque ... putti crawling all over it ... you know the sort of thing ... after all, there are insistent calls for the immense wealth of the Vatican to be shared among the Poor, which we certainly are. They must have thousands of those things in Rome. Certain passages of the prophet Amos (in my view, the greatest of the prophets) come to mind ...

Would I have to declare it to the Tax Man?

7 comments:

Joshua said...

A young ordinand of my acquaintance very piously and innocently, if inadvisedly, wrote to the Vatican to inform the then Pope of his (the seminarian's) impending sacerdotal ordination, politely invited His Holiness to attend, should he be free that day, and moreover asked either the Holy Father himself or at least his minions to send a chalice as an ordination present, since doubtless the Holy See has many such surplus to requirements. The letter, I am told, was forwarded from Rome to that man's Archbishop, who according to reports threw it - and his spectacles - across his desk when he opened and read it!

Joshua said...

All the money is in Germany, and that is the root of the problem; it all stinks of simony.

The best thing the (next) Pope could do would be to repudiate the Kirchensteuer (Church tax), since the Church in Germany has been polluted, suborned and corrupted by it.

A real Francis would do so.

Amateur Brain Surgeon said...

There are always calls for the Pope to sell the treasures of the Church and then give the money to the poor.

ABS desires some Curial official advise the Church to sell Franciscus on Ebay and then give the money to a Traditionalist Order which offers the Real Mass.

Sure, selling a Pope would be a novelty but in this epoch or execrable ecclesiastical excesses, what's another novelty; besides, it is for the poor.

O, and it wouldn't be simony...

John Vasc said...

Possibly the gift of gold would count as a payment in kind from an employer. In which case, if your salary amounts to more than £8,500 per year, and the gift is more than £250 you would be liable for UK tax on the value of the gift.

Maybe you could request that the Vatican should instead of the gold give you 'luncheon vouchers, qualifying childcare vouchers, nurseries on the premises, health screening, medical treatment abroad, or special equipment to help you to work, such as a wheelchair or hearing aid', all of which are non-taxable gifts, under HMRC HS207 ('Non-taxable payments or benefits for employees').

You might also avoid tax if the gold were a reward for 'a suggestion which has some special merit or reflects praiseworthy effort on the part of the person making the suggestion'...

...Ah, but alas, I see 'The permitted maximum for an encouragement award is £25.'At its current value of £974 per oz, that would be a fairly small amount of gold, imperceptible even to a Wise Man....

How about registering yourself as a charity entitled, say, 'Gold for Justice and Peace'...?

PaulLong said...

I hope you are not insinuating greed in the Holy Father collaborators. Surely they're just secret capitalists. Trickle down theory is the best way to help the poor. The pope makes some cardinals rich, they make Ferrari makers and their lovers rich, and all this money works its way down to the poor.

scotchlil said...

In a previous existence I belonged to a certain Benedictine foundation who regularly received the frankincense given by the Monarch on the Epiphany; which was then utilised in the community's incense-making enterprise... Glory days long gone....

RichardT said...

"Would I have to declare it to the Tax Man?"

I think it is only taxable if you do something in return for it (writing articles praising Amoris Laetitia, for example), or it is in return for you giving up some remunerative work (which I cannot imagine this blog is).

But if we detect a change in your blogging, someone will have to attend your next Mass to check what chalice you are using.