The Burning of the Notre Dame – Disaster or Messenger of Truth?

In light of the recent fire that devastated the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019, there were many things that occurred in response to this event that felt very disturbing to me and highlight both the current and historical hypocrisies that exist in our business and geopolitical landscapes.

Soon after the blaze was extinguished and the damage was assessed, there was a groundswell of support to fund the rebuilding of the structure after the French president Emmanuel Macron promised to rebuild the structure within the next five years.

“Major donations kicked off the evening of the fire, with French billionaires (and often competitors) Francois Pinault and Bernard Arnault pledging €100 million and €200 million, respectively. Over the next few days, companies like L’Oreal, Société Générale, and JCDecaux all made multi-million dollar pledges” the New York Times reported, “bringing the total donations up to €850 million, or about $995 million. That was all before American companies like Apple chipped in, bringing the total donations to more than $1 billion.” (1)

Archpriest Nikolai V. Balashov, the vice chairman of the department of external relations for the Russian Orthodox Church, called the fire “a huge tragedy for the whole Christian world,” and said that Russians value “these wonders of the old God’s world, these remnants of holy wonders.” (2)

On face value these reactions to the partial destruction of the Notre Dame cathedral may seem noble and well-intentioned. But considering the current state of affairs in the world, with massive amounts of illness/disease, poverty, drug-abuse, homelessness, famine, domestic abuse, and war-savaged countries, wouldn’t the $1 billion raised be better spent on these types of social issues that are prevalent in France and around the world?

It is very telling that we can raise $1 billion dollars virtually overnight to fix a building but can turn a blind eye to the many challenges that real human beings are experiencing. Thousands of people lined the streets of Paris and the Seine river to mourn the destruction of the Notre Dame cathedral (once again, a building, not a person) while in their own country the rates of the above social issues continue to rise. Where is the public out cry to fundraise for these problems?

The fact that $1 billion can be raised in such a short time shows that there exists no shortage of funds and resources to help alleviate many of our world’s problems, only a lack of will to make a difference and a misappropriation of these funds to either further one’s own self-centred business value or influence political landscapes that provide a more lucrative business environment through campaign contributions (aka  political bribes).

And on that note, another very telling fact is that Pope Francis himself, the global leader of the Catholic church, is not contributing one cent to the restoration of the burned cathedral of Notre Dame, which has been a major landmark symbolising the Catholic church for 860 years. The pope stated after the fire in words sent to the Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris:

“Following the fire that ravaged a large part of Notre Dame Cathedral, I join you in your sorrow, as well as that of the faithful of your diocese, the inhabitants of Paris, and all the French people.” (3)

Instead of money, he only offered his prayers to the inhabitants of France and those mourning the partial loss of the structure at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.

Most estimates of the current net wealth of the Vatican alone place it between $10 -15 billion, but the total wealth of the Catholic Church worldwide, with all its real estate holdings (that combined are as large as the Canadian province of Alberta), investments in virtually every aspect of business and finance, and all its parishes across the globe is almost impossible to determine due to the secrecy and lack of accountability of religious organisations, but it has been stated by a nationally syndicated Catholic priest that:

The Catholic church, he said, must be the biggest corporation in the United States. We have a branch office in every neighborhood. Our assets and real estate holdings must exceed those of Standard Oil, A.T.&T., and U.S. Steel combined. And our roster of dues-paying members must be second only to the tax rolls of the United States Government.” To add to this statement another financial analyst noted; “But this is just a small portion of the wealth of the Vatican, which in the U.S. alone is greater than that of the five wealthiest giant corporations of the country. When to that is added all the real estate, property, stocks and shares abroad, then the staggering accumulation of the wealth of the Catholic church becomes so formidable as to defy any rational assessment.” (4)

Let’s not forget that the Catholic Church does not pay any taxes, including capital gains and property taxes, and all the donations that go to them are tax free. These tax savings amount to several billion dollars a year. With the facts stated above, and this is only scratching the surface of the total wealth of the Catholic Church, the fact that the Pope has not offered one cent to the reconstruction of the Notre Dame cathedral is an act of greed almost beyond any scale that could be imagined and exposes the corruption that has fuelled this religious organisation since its inception.

Another graphic display of this corruption displayed by the Catholic Church can be found when in 2012 The Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish in Nova Scotia, Canada sold 250 properties and liquidated its assets to pay a $15-million settlement for sexual abuse involving clergy Rev. Raymond Lahey.

“… the bishop [Rev Raymond Lahey] who brokered the multimillion-dollar sex-abuse settlement deal, was then sentenced to 15 months in custody after he was charged with the possession of child pornography. Phyllis MacDonald, a member of St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Port Hood, Nova Scotia stated, “Now we have to raise money to keep above ground, to keep our parishes going, to pay for heat in the church.” Ms. MacDonald said the settlement, which has forced cash-strapped parishes to give nearly all their reserves to the diocese, should be paid by the top level of the church hierarchy, the Vatican. “They came like thieves in the night to take our money and they took it away without even blinking an eye,” Ms. Samson, a former Catholic nun and active member of her parish in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia said. “It’s a shame. It’s our parents that worked to place [the churches] there and our grandparents, and they don’t care. They just have to sell them.” But the church said there is no alternative source. “We have no indication that the Vatican sees or is able to do something,” said Rev. Paul Abbass, a spokesman for the Diocese of Antigonish based in New Glasgow, on the eastern mainland.”(5)

This seems like the Vatican is punishing the people that comprise these local Catholic parishes by making them pay for a massive child sex abuse settlement when they could easily cover the cost for a case like this that involves one of their own employees. It also sends a message to the local people as a deterrent for others to speak up, lest they all have to pay out of their own pockets for something like this in the future.

Finally, to glorify the structure that is the Notre Dame cathedral, is to glorify all that it represents. And that is, that the Catholic Church, who are responsible for its construction, built it at a time in history when anyone and everyone who challenged their rule and religious doctrine were literally crushed. Any high school history class will expose this as the truth as it played out in the French Inquisition against any group they deemed heretical, namely the Cathars and Waldensians, and during the many Crusades against Muslims in the Middle East, all led by the Roman Catholic Church, where these groups were both tortured and killed in a genocide that rivals those committed during WW II by Hitler and Stalin.

When we respond to these events I feel it is important to consider the whole picture and exactly what type of organisation we are providing support for, especially when considering monetary donations. And in the case of the Notre Dame cathedral after the current fire that partially destroyed it, let’s allow the richest organisation in the world to pay for its own building’s restoration and consider that this fire may have been a karmic sign of all that the Catholic Church has been responsible for during its history of torture, war, child sexual abuse, slavery, and financial corruption. Because when we support a project and an organisation like this in any way, we are by default condoning the very deleterious behaviour that we would never want to have in our society.

By Michael Goodhart, Aircraft Technician, B.A. Psychology, Lover of Nature and being playful with life, North Carolina, USA

References:

  1. House Beautiful. (2019).Notre Dame’s Rebuild Has Already Raised $1 Billion—and Stirred up Controversy. [online] Available at: https://www.housebeautiful.com/lifestyle/a27207274/notre-dame-rebuild-1-billion/ [Accessed 29 Apr. 2019].
  2. com. (2019).Fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral Leads to Expressions of Heartbreak Across the World. [online] Available at: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/15/world/europe/paris-cathedral-fire.html [Accessed 29 Apr. 2019].
  3. (2019).Pope says he joins sadness of Catholics, Paris and all the French. [online] Available at: https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2019/04/16/pope-says-he-joins-sadness-of-catholics-paris-and-all-the-french/ [Accessed 29 Apr. 2019].
  4. Earth, T. (2019).The Catholic Church is the Biggest Financial Power on Earth. [online] Humansarefree.com. Available at: http://humansarefree.com/2012/03/christian-church-is-biggest-financial.html [Accessed 29 Apr. 2019].
  5. The Globe and Mail. (2019).Nova Scotia churches balk at paying for the sins of the fathers. [online] Available at: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/nova-scotia-churches-balk-at-paying-for-the-sins-of-the-fathers/article1357727/ [Accessed 29 Apr. 2019].

Further Reading:
Our Charities: How Charitable Are They?
Charities exposed for Cold-calling: What is True Charity?
Aid, Corruption, Abuse and War – closer to you than you might think?

74 thoughts on “The Burning of the Notre Dame – Disaster or Messenger of Truth?

  1. As a society we are incredibly invested in ‘things’, things for our home, things for our hobbies, things for our kids, things to entertain us, technological things, things to hang in our wardrobe, things to drive, things to play with, things, things, things but without true purpose impulsing our use of them, all of these ‘things’ are, well…… just things and more often than not simply a means of temporary distraction from the constant underlying unsettlement that we all feel in our bodies.

  2. Instead of money, he only offered his prayers to the inhabitants of France and those mourning the partial loss of the structure at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.’ What I have always reacted to about the Church is that it never supported anyone to take responsibility for their choices or ‘sins’ so called (if there were any – I had to make up a few as a child as I never felt I had done anything wrong!) When you went to confession all you had to do was say a few prayers and everything was atoned for – the balance sheet wiped clean and you could get back to your life without worrying about making new choices.

  3. ‘The fact that $1 billion can be raised in such a short time shows that there exists no shortage of funds and resources to help alleviate many of our world’s problems…’We really do have the resources and the will to make change in this world – which beggars the question, ‘ what are we choosing?!’

    I can apply this to my life too. What have I put resources into that aren’t actually supporting what I know to be true? What have I tried to protect and save that actually needed condemning?

    1. It seems we are intent on remaining in our struggles, for if we chose to collectively come out of them, there would be an enormous amount of resources available to support us to do so.

  4. Very often when something which I don’t like happens, I think that I have to fix it – make it how it was before, nice, peaceful and so on. But, now I’m realising that instead of thinking how to fix it, it’s better to observe, see the route & learn from it so the painful situation does not happen again. If we try to patch things up and fix it on the outside then it will only be temporary until a bigger hit comes and we’re knocked down again.

  5. Very often when something which I don’t like happens, I think that I have to fix it – make it how it was before, nice, peaceful and so on. But, now I’m realising that instead of thinking how to fix it, it’s better to observe, see the route & learn from it so the painful situation does not happen again. If we try to patch things up and fix it on the outside then it will only be temporary until a bigger hit comes and we’re knocked down again.

  6. ‘It also sends a message to the local people as a deterrent for others to speak up, lest they all have to pay out of their own pockets for something like this in the future.’

    This is no conspiracy theory, this is a deterrent that I have no doubt would have featured in many a behind the scenes discussion about a potential disclosures. It is a system set up to weld great force against what it perceives as a threat.

    1. As has always been – wielding threat is to protect a position or self interest. Interesting how with all this corruption in plain view, so many of us are still invested in its teachings as the truth. Perhaps this says more about us than about the church who still so dominates?

      1. Michelle I feel you have hit the nail on the head with your comment on why we still allow the church to dominate and control our lives when we know that it is a corrupt institution that we have set up for ourselves so that the few can reign terror over the many. I say this with all due respect, as we only have to look back on our history to see that the Roman Catholic Church wheeled great power and used that power to destroy communities because they did not choose to believe in the RCC dogma. We, humanity, set this system in place and complain about it, but we can also dismantle the regime if the will was there. So my question is what is it we, humanity, are getting from this set up?

      2. I feel that many people who subscribe to a religion like to cherry pick the bits they like and dismiss the bits they don’t. However, the problem here is that there is a denial of energetic responsibility. When we say yes to a part only, we can’t in fact say no to the others – we take on the whole shoot by saying yes to some of it as this is how energy works. We give the energy of it access and it continues to dominate through the institutions we have said yes to.

  7. My sense is that many people jump on the band wagon just for the attention & recognition they receive – I remember when Michael Jackson died, even people who had never really listened to him (myself included) joined in the mourning, his songs were played left, right and centre and millions were devastated. The need to be a part of something can suck us in, when we don’t have a sense of who we are, anything can grab us so that we can identify & belong.

    1. This is an interesting point that you bring up Viktoria about joining in with a global movement of mourning someone’s death. In an effort to connect to what we have left behind so long ago (our true self via our inner-heart/soul) we jump on the opportunity to feel connected to others by expressing these emotions of sadness and depression, only to find ourselves even further away from the centre of our being that is still waiting patiently for us to connect to.

  8. I visited Paris a few years ago and stayed with a friends family there. On going somewhere we were driving along one of the main roads, in the island in the middle of both roads all the way down, going on for miles, there were shacks that people had made to live in. The family said they had never seen this before and that Paris had never been like this. So yes absolutely it does not make sense when things like this are ignored but when something happens with a pile of bricks the whole world not only knows about it but pulls the money out to re-build it. Where are our values indeed!

    1. Yes, such an obvious need in plain sight and yet billions are given to repair something which belongs to an organisation that did not reach into it’s own coffers to pay for it. Even if it did front the cost we come back to there being so many other areas of support, obvious for all to see but with much more hidden.

      The main stream media seemed complicit in this. They didn’t call out the Emperor has no clothes but carried on in what felt like hushed tones so as to not disturb the corruption that allows such inequity to continue. What was reported was reverence to a building that for me represents the rule of force of the few over the masses who, it has to be said, are also complicit in this dynamic.

    2. I really wonder why that happens… surely people don’t actually care about a building so much. I imagine that companies are investing billions because of the reputation aspect, but that reputation aspect has to be fueled by the masses & I wonder why the masses are so attached to it…

  9. I hear you Michael and totally agree, it is very telling indeed what you have shared here and at the time this happened I was very aware of many saying exactly the same thing particularly ‘It is very telling that we can raise $1 billion dollars virtually overnight to fix a building but can turn a blind eye to the many challenges that real human beings are experiencing.’ Valuing buildings more than people shows exactly where the majority of our values are and why the world is currently in such a mess.

    1. “Valuing buildings more than people shows exactly where the majority of our values are and why the world is currently in such a mess” I agree Vicky and what valuing buildings over people also clearly demonstrates is the energetic consciousness that is coursing through our bodies. Only the pranic consciousness could set us up to believe that buildings are worth saving before people, the consciousness of God would have us all knowing that there is no such thing as another and so we would be impulsed to save people first knowing that everybody is simply just another aspect of our One self.

  10. When we say yes to something, we embrace all that comes with it and not just one little part of it. This is certainly something to ponder on in terms of all the areas where we have compromised the truth.

    1. Sure Henrietta, it’s not possible to pick and choose the bits about something that we like, when we say yes to a part of it then it comes as a whole and not in segregated parts. And so with the church it’s not possible to say “I like singing the hymns and Midnight Mass but hey I don’t want the sexual abuse and murder bit”. Say yes to something and you get the whole kit and kaboodle whether you like it or not. Energy comes as a package, it’s not possible for us to portion bits off.

    2. I love the authority from which you make this statement Henrietta. We certainly like to justify and in that justification we definitely compromise the truth. There are no ‘yeah buts’ with truth.

  11. It takes someone astute and who is willing to look at all the facts and information collate it and realize all that is actually taking place – we can all smell it, but how many of us are willing to really look at it. It’s like a teenager who stashes their dirty clothes under their bed or sweeps the dust under the carpet rather than taking it out – eventually this will be exposed and the true lack of care and commitment to self and others is exposed. At least the teenager is not pretending to care – this allows an honesty that is not necessarily seen in other siutations.

  12. Brilliant article Michael – and thanks for ‘putting your neck out’ on behalf of many who are thinking the same thing but may not have dared spoken it OR for those who have not thought that freely to realise the corruption that is happening more and more obviously today.

    1. Is it that corruption is happening more and more obviously today or is it simply being exposed more obviously for a reason? There has always been corruption, but in it being so obvious are we not being given a choice to do something about it?

  13. Micheal you have written so many incredible blogs recently, you are living proof that when we live in a certain way then the quality of God flows through us. Now how we express that quality is influenced by who we are but the quality is the same for us all. God is a certain quality, a vibration that we all know regardless of how it might be presented.

  14. The world has become a place where the image presented is more important than what is expressed. And, what is expressed is carefully choreographed to support a person or organisation.

  15. The life we are all living is based on supply and demand. If this this is the supply in terms of how valued we all are then it is a reflection of the demand and value we place on how we care for, love and appreciate ourselves and those around us.

  16. Michael thank you for telling it like it is. What you share feels like a very truthful account of the bigger story around the fire at Notra Dame. A fire that upset many people deeply because of their investment in the illusion of history, the glamour of architecture, the lie of religion and the activity of national pride They see buildings as part of their heritage, part of their identity as a country but all of these beliefs are simply not true, we are a united mass of energy and anything that does not point us back to this fact is, by it’s very nature part of the lie.

    1. ‘A fire that upset many people deeply because of their investment in the illusion of history, the glamour of architecture, the lie of religion and the activity of national pride.’ – These are very powerful observations Alexis, and ones that perhaps are a wake-up call to humanity’s reluctance to let go of the ways of being that deep down we all know are not working for us. Another thing that came to me while reading your comment is how we place such an emphasis and importance on all these physical creations or ours, when none of them are permanent and will all turn to dust, and at the same time we neglect the significance of our inner being-ness that is in fact immortal.

      1. Buildings, bodies, bank accounts, job titles, cars and kids, we are totally wrapped up in the illusion of the moveable and non eternal aspects of our lives whilst all the while the river of God rages through us.

  17. I had not heard about how the Canadians paid the compensation for the sexual abuse suffered in Nova Scotia, but I am not surprised and it would potentially build resentment in the area over those who spoke up, rather than towards the priest who perpetrated the abuse in the first place. How telling is it that in each of these cases the Pope does not offer finances, he offers prayers and yet there does not seem to be many people talking about that.

    1. On reading your comment Lucy the phrase ‘ruling with an iron fist’ came to mind. And that is how the Catholic church feels to me, that they are ‘ruling with an iron fist’ and Heaven help anyone who gets in their way because they will be crushed. It feels very dark and very sinister and it’s impossible to know how many people have been tortured and murdered by the uncompromising and at times utterly terrifying regime of the Catholic church.

      1. I agree with you Alexis the Roman Catholic church is answerable to no one … yet. I believe there will come a time when this will change as humanity wakes up to the rotten lies that have been perpetrated for centuries by this particular religion. They have wantonly and totally denigrated the word God so that people have an issue with God which is how they keep control over the masses. Because we have been conditioned to live in fear of a God that is absolute pure love …how did we allow this gross injustice to happen?

      2. Anything that is rotten will eventually crumble and decompose and the Catholic Church will eventually do just that and I have a hunch that it will happen pretty quickly when it does. The rot has already started to set in.

      3. Yes, very little space for questioning which should be all the alarm bells we would ever need to know this is not a true representation of God or Love.

    2. I was just reflecting on this and also basically all the corruption, lies, sexual abuse, murders that the catholic church have instigated/done. It is totally insidious and evil and although few have written, accounted or spoken out against this, not yet has this been done as a whole. It will truly be a day to Celebrate when the catholic church is completely debased and crumbles to the ground, consciousness and all never to be again.

    3. The hypocrisy of the church is shocking and yet so many are aligned to its consciousness. It is us who feed it. If no one were aligned to it the church would not have its power.

  18. Thank you Michael, I could not believe how quickly the money was raised for a building – a building – still stuns me. But you say it well, it is what this building represents that we seem to want to champion rather than look with any semblance of decency and finally call for a standard that does not harm.

    1. And a building Lucy that was not built in God’s name but built by an energetic source that knew that every single person that came into that building would not have access to God. It was a dark energetic blight that when re-built will continue to actively prevent all those who enter from knowing God. It will act like a beacon of darkness on it’s environment and the effects of it will be felt much further than the immediate neighbourhood.

    2. Yes Lucy, I agree. I can’t fathom how the willingness to give and support is not there for people but for objects. Is it possible that if we genuinely opened up to the need that is there we would be rocked out of our comfort and would have to make some changes?

  19. ‘Because when we support a project and an organisation like this in any way, we are by default condoning the very deleterious behaviour that we would never want to have in our society.’ Amen to that.

  20. What is being exposed here is much more than the rebuilding of a Cathedral but what we as a society are allowing through our indifference or apathy to the blatant corruption and abuse that is taking place. We are seemingly so crushed as not to care about anything that is occurring on such an obvious grand scale right under our noses. Every one of us has to share the responsibility that we have all allowed the rot to manifest.

    1. We are slaves to the pranic consciousness, we will do it’s dirty work for it under our own free will. We will build it’s places of worship not consciously knowing that the places that we are building will prevent everyone who enters from knowing God. We kneel at alters designed specifically to act like barriers between us and God, we say prayers that by their very nature mean that we won’t know God in our bodies, we carry out religious rituals designed to move us in specific ways that guarantee that God will remain unknown to us. It is an evil set up that has been going on since the beginning of time.

    2. Yes that is very true, we cannot continue to blame another and look the other way. It is time to see ourselves as part of the problem therefore a pivotal part of the re-imprinting.

  21. Michael this is the first real piece of journalism that I have read about the fire. Where we are given the facts and the references to back what you have written. Even so I wonder if people really care about anything much these days as they seem so beaten down by the life they live. It seems to me that we only care about what is going on for us and do not have the ability to look beyond our own boundaries. And it is because of this that the corruption that is rife under our very noses goes unchallenged because we are so
    burdened by life. I am again reminded of the book written by George Orwell 1984.

  22. We have the world that we have today because of our cumulative choices to have it this way. Confronting yes, and many of us may continue to do what we have always done, but this incident shows the absolute power we all have to create substantial change when we choose love.

    1. Yes and when we choose it from the inside, without taking ourselves off to live in isolation in reaction to the rot, then we own the fact that we are just as much a part of the problem as the instigator of true change.

  23. I knew about the crazy money raised for Notre Dame but the story of punishing a diocese for the behavior of church employees really takes the cake! It’s very uncomfortable to feel the truth behind what Notre Dame stands for.

  24. I saw so many people crying because of this building in flames. But where are those tears when women, children and men are raped, enslaved and abused on a physical or mental level?
    I see that we direct our sensitivity and compassion as it ‘fits’ into our comfort.
    Our world is a disaster right now, but for many comfortable enough to have a ‘good’ existence. Not a rich, fulfilled vital life – just an existence. Which is in a way funny, because we cry about a building that is related to spirituality but give up at the same time on a live that is with God (which would mean we care more about people than buildings) and not just ‘good’.

    1. Beautifully shared Sandra – it seems that we seek to fill our emptiness with more empty pursuits rather than turning to the true riches that we have access to such as our relationship with self and others. There is nothing wrong with restoring a building per se, but why would you do this at the expense of people’s suffering and under the guise of ‘religion’ when the word itself stands for relationship and re-uniting. So much of this recent situation does not make sense when you really look at the big picture of suffering that remains unaddressed.

  25. It is almost impossible to believe that the Catholic church is not paying any taxes in this modern day and age.

  26. ” And in the case of the Notre Dame cathedral after the current fire that partially destroyed it, let’s allow the richest organisation in the world to pay for its own building’s restoration and consider that this fire may have been a karmic sign of all that the Catholic Church has been responsible for during its history of torture, war, child sexual abuse, slavery, and financial corruption ” Powerfully expressed.

  27. “It is very telling that we can raise $1 billion dollars virtually overnight to fix a building but can turn a blind eye to the many challenges that real human beings are experiencing.” So disgusting that so much money can be raised in such a short time when so many people are starving, homeless and earn below minimum wages in many countries in the world. Thankyou Michael for writing this.

  28. So many great points that you have raise here Michael. So much more than the loss of a historic building. I also like the perspective that you have shared, which is little heard elsewhere. Interesting how we can shed large tears if not mourn the loss of this building and yet when it comes to events or things that happen to humans and to human life, there is little to no acknowledgement. You have put things into a clearer perspective for me for sure. Thank you

  29. Wow, I knew the Catholic church was big but not on that scale. Working in health and social care there’s always a cry for more funding or people suffering or missing out because there’s no way to fund what they need. The money is there but there’s energy playing out underneath all this that wants the system to be the way it is. We have the ability to stop all the issues in the world but we don’t, because there’s a part of us that still wants these issues around.

    1. We are the issue, the issue is us and the issue very simply is the fact that we live in separation from ourselves and therefore in separation from the truth of who we all are. Once in separation then what comes through us is anyone’s guess really, there are a million trillion variations of who we are not, choose one or choose a hundred, it’s all the same, they’re all not us.

  30. A wide area around Notre Dame cathedral is now contaminated by deposits of lead poisoning so the ashes of a symbol of the Catholic church is still polluting people.

  31. For those wanting to read more about the RC Church and The Vatican and its hypocrisies then I recommend recently published “Inside The Closet of The Vatican” by Frederic Martel.

  32. Michael, this is a brillint, significant expose shining a light on the corruption, greed, self centredness and lack of compassion lurking in the power halls of the Catholic church (which can also be said of numerous corporations, banks and governments throughout the world).

  33. Reblogged this on and commented:
    “When we support a project and an organisation like this in any way, we are by default condoning the very deleterious behaviour that we would never want to have in our society.”

  34. What a great blog, Michael exposing the corruption of the Roman Catholic Church. It also shows that when there is a collective consensus just what can be done…”It is very telling that we can raise $1 billion dollars virtually overnight to fix a building but can turn a blind eye to the many challenges that real human beings are experiencing…” if we turned that commitment to a true support for real human issues just what could be supported. Your blog highlights our lack of priority and willingness to actively focus on what is true.

    1. So true Rachel. When you sit back and look at many of the world’s temporal issues, most of them could be alleviated by a simple re-appropriation of funds and energy. It just does not make sense for 1% of the world’s population owning 90+% of the global wealth. Another example of this backwards approach is how the U.S.and dozens of other countries annual military budgets can be in the billions of dollars (U.S. military budget exceeded $693 billion last year) at the same time our schools are underfunded and falling apart and we have dozens of major cities with contaminated water supplies (see Flint, Michigan lead water story) and failing roads and bridges.

      1. On a deeper level, though, we need to ask ourselves why we have tolerated this and even supported a governmental system that holds these values that cause the outplay of events that we know deep down are not our true way. Is this what we feel we are worth? We can’t just blame the government because we put them in office.

      2. So true Michael, we are all responsible because we put those who make the decisions in there. This will not turn around in a generation unless there is a willingness to take responsibility for what we have allowed and do something about it. How much are we truly willing to go there or are we still attached to the comforts this way of living has afforded us and so turn a blind eye for a little longer leaving it for someone else to do?

      3. We have also allowed the pharmaceutical companies to fund foundations to find cures for diseases, so they look like they are altruistic corporations. We know and accept that very little money is spent on prevention for there is no money in it. Is this just another layer of the corruption we have allowed in our life?

    2. Michael what your blog has highlighted for me is the absolute power of the pranic consciousness to infiltrate our lives and to govern our behaviour. We choose to not be connected and then in rushes the pranic consciousness and gleefully moves our arms, legs, mouths and brains into it’s own configurations. Those configurations are literally unlimited but placing the importance of restoring a building over keeping a malnourished child alive is just one example and if we become emotional about it then that is simply another because all emtions bar none belong to the pranic consciousness.

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