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Report: Pope Francis Uses Charity Fund to Paper Over Scandal-Plagued Vatican on Verge of Bankruptcy

The Vatican’s fiscal woes are hurting the needy.

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Donations collected by Roman Catholics for the poor are being funneled to a cash-strapped Vatican that has spent itself into near insolvency, according to a report published by the Wall Street Journal.

Pope Francis’ charitable fund for the poor, which is called Peter’s Pence, is being pilfered to paper over the Vatican’s budget woes. As little as 10 percent of the money is being spent on actually helping the needy while about two-thirds are being used to keep the Vatican afloat, the report claims.

The WSJ said that the Vatican’s use of the funds “is raising concern among some Catholic Church leaders that the faithful are being misled about the use of their donations, which could further hurt the credibility of the Vatican’s financial management under Pope Francis.”

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The website for Peter’s Pence claims that the fund will be used on humanitarian causes, and does not mention administrative fees for the Vatican.

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“These collections and donations by the individual faithful or entire local churches raise the awareness that all the baptized are called to materially sustain the work of evangelization and at the same time to help the poor in whatever way is possible,” the site says.

″It is an ancient practice which began with the first community of the apostles. It continues to be repeated because charity distinguishes the disciples of Jesus,” the site adds.

They use words uttered by Jesus Christ transcribed in the Gospel of John to promote their cause: “From this, they will all know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Pope Francis also offers excuses for the way the money is being spent.

“When the money from Peter’s Pence arrives, what do I do? I put it in a drawer? No. This is bad administration,” Francis said. “I try to make an investment, and when I need to give, when there is a need, throughout the year, the money is taken and that capital does not devalue, it stays the same or it increases a bit. This is good administration.

“And yes,” Francis added. “One can also purchase a property, rent it and then sell it—but on a sure thing, with all the safety measures for the good of the people and of Peter’s Pence.”

The Vatican has been running in the red for quite sometime and even risks defaulting on their debt due to their reckless fiscal policies. They have also been plagued by financial scandal in recent months:

The Vatican hasn’t published a budget since 2015 and has been without an in-house auditor or economy minister for more than two years, fueling conspiracies about its financial health.

Those conspiracies have only grown following a new financial scandal that erupted this month, after Vatican police raided the secretariat of state and the financial intelligence unit in search of documentation about a problematic 150 million-euro London real estate investment.

The search warrant, excerpts of which were published this weekend by L’Espresso magazine, alleges fraud, money laundering and abuse of office connected to the London venture and efforts by the Vatican to renegotiate the terms and identify money managers who were fleecing the Holy See in the deal…

The scandal is the latest to draw attention to the opaque finances of the central government of the 1.2-billion strong Catholic Church, which is funded not by taxes but from donations and revenues from the Vatican Museums, real estate and other money-making ventures in the city state.

Galantino, head of the APSA administrative office, confirmed the Vatican owned 2,400 apartments and 600 commercial spaces in Rome and nearby, 60% of which are rented to Holy See employees at a reduced rent as part of their benefits.

The Catholic Church is going awry under the leadership of Pope Francis, who has pushed globalism while rehabilitating predator priests.

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Lauren Witzke Clashes With Richard Grenell Over His Promotion of Transgenderism; Con Inc. Wants Her Cancelled!

What happened to “America Uncancelled?”

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Where do we draw the line between what is ‘conservative’ and what isn’t ‘conservative’? Well, for many establishment Republicans, also known by many as ‘Conservative Inc.’, the only two distinctions between right and left are free markets and principled constitutionalism. However, traditionally, conservatives have sought to protect Christian and American values. Things like preserving the family, promoting law and order, and protecting the sacred tradition of marriage between a man and a woman had been the backbone of the conservative movement. It seems as if nowadays, these values have been completely thrown aside. Big League Politics has previously reported on establishment conservative organizations, such as Turning Point USA, pushing transgenderism and homosexuality on Republican college students.

Rather than bend the knee to the left, as most Republicans do, social conservatives like Lauren Witzke have decided to take a stand and say: “Enough is enough.” Witzke, who is the Spokeswoman for Hold the Line PAC, recently clashed on Twitter with former Trump Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, who is openly a homosexual.

The whole debacle began when Lauren Witzke replied to a tweet by Grenell, praising the GOP for its inclusivity to transgender people, referring to transgenderism as ‘mental illness’:

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Grenell tried to downplay Witzke’s take, effectively saying that celebrating transexuality is a celebration of God, in which Witzke replied that it was instead demonic:

Grenell rebuttaled, asking Witzke if she was ok with welcoming gay conservatives into the GOP. Witzke responded saying no, and that it would be a useless act of appeasement.

Seemingly in an act to publicize Witzke’s wrongthink, Grenell then quote-tweeted her and asked her the same question once more:

True to her nature, Witzke sarcastically mocked Grenell for repeating himself and solidified her stance:

The two would both go on to throw several more jabs at each other on Twitter, but you get the point. Richard Grenell believes that the Republican Party should have no moral stance on any issue, while Lauren Witzke believes that the GOP should strictly conserve our Christian values.

We reached out to Lauren on Twitter for a quick statement and she gave us this:

“The Republican Party was founded on Christian Conservative Principles. We believe in the sanctity of life and the sanctity of marriage between a man and a women. Gay fiscal conservatives are more than welcome to vote for us, but should have no place in leadership to advocate for their progressive ideals.”

Lauren Witzke previously ran as the Republican nominee for US Senate in Delaware, but lost to the incumbent Democrat Senator Chris Coons. Despite living in a blue state and running on a nationalist platform, Witzke impressively secured roughly double the votes as her Republican predecessor in 2014.

After the lengthy and, as of right now, still ongoing battle between Grenell and Witzke, conservative commentator Elijah Schafer reached out to both parties to ask if they would come onto his BlazeTV show to debate each other. Witzke immediately accepted, while Grenell has yet to comment:

Despite conservatives supposedly leading the charge against cancel culture, in actuality a good portion of cancel culture happens within the conservative movement. Although CPAC’s motto this year may have been ‘America Uncancelled’, moderate conservatives still seem more than happy to ostracize their socially conservative counterparts. Many establishment Republicans and friends of Richard Grenell took to Twitter, demanding that Lauren Witzke be cancelled for supporting traditional marriage. Mind you, the vast majority of Republicans were against gay marriage just 6 years ago.

(Tweet by commentator @fadde was deleted shortly after this article was published)

Host of America First and popular conservative commentator Nicholas J. Fuentes called Grenell a member of the ‘Gay Mafia’ and accused him of using leftist tactics to try and intimidate Witzke.

While it doesn’t look like the argument will end anytime soon, it remains clear that there are still social conservatives within the GOP, and the establishment is going to use any means necessary to get them out. As our country rots and decays under Joe Biden, Republicans think that they can just become the left (but with free markets). That isn’t the case. America is not merely and idea or an economic system, America is a nation. A nation is nothing without its people, and America is at it’s greatest when strong family values are promoted by the state and the people see themselves as one nation under God. We’ve included a more miscellaneous tweets from the feud below for interested readers.



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