4Then one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, he that was about to betray him, said: 5Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? 6Now he said this, not because he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and having the purse, carried the things that were put therein. 7Jesus therefore said: Let her alone, that she may keep it against the day of my burial. 8For the poor you have always with you; but me you have not always.
John 12: 4-8
New York Daily News columnist Gersh Kuntzman, no, I did not make up that name, has a simple solution to poverty:
The artwork is truly incredible — incredible in the true meaning of that word: It’s simply not credible that all of those priceless works are just sitting there so people can take selfies with them. So it’s time for the self-proclaimed advocate for the poor to put a price on the whole lot and unload it.
I’m certainly not the first person to call for a Vatican fire sale, but my latest trip made me even more aware of the need for immediate action (after all, it’s hard not to notice that every time you step into an art-filled Roman church, you step over a poor person on the way out).
No one has ever been able to put a dollar figure on all the artwork owned by the Vatican and its many dioceses, but it is likely in the hundreds of billions, given the way the art market works. In 2012, a minor Raphael drawing sold for nearly $50 million and even a really crappy Michelangelo painting is said to be worth hundreds of millions.
Go here to read the rest. Kuntzman, who has previously appeared in posts on this blog here and here, has the usual leftist urge to plunder the transitory earthly wealth of the Church. Would that he hungered for the true treasures of the Church.