Crisis of faith over Vatican cash machines
File photo of the dome of the Basilica di San Pietro towering over the Vatican City.
January 4th, 2013
03:18 AM ET

Crisis of faith over Vatican cash machines

By Rachel Sanderson, FT.com

(Financial Times) - A stand-off between two titans of finance, the Bank of Italy and the Vatican, has forced tourists to abandon their visits to the Sistine Chapel - unless they have cash in their pockets.

Italy's central bank has blocked all electronic payments through cash machines and by credit cards in Vatican City following the world's smallest state's failure to fully comply with international anti-money laundering rules.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Business • Vatican

soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Banjo Ferret

    This is a sign from Tim the Destroyer of Worlds that money should be going to Ferretianism, the one true religion. Repent!

    January 7, 2013 at 10:54 am |
  2. small 'c' christian

    At the end of the day, the RC Church is simply an 1800 yr extension of the declining Roman Empire. It was essentially set up by the Romans, the book used was largely edited and assembled under Roman oversight (with typical Roman consequences for trangressors which lingered on until the 19th Century).
    At the top is the Pope (the Emperor), beleived by the faithful to be all-knowing, omnipotent and as close to God as one can get (as was the Emperor). In the eyes of his flock, he is all but above the law- infallible
    Below him are the Cardinals (Senators), then the army of bishops (Centurions) and footsoldiers whose prime purpose is the continuation of the Roman state in the guise of glorification of the diety.
    Rome alone decides how much tribute is to be collected, Rome alone dispenses what it decides is sufficient largess and all instruction to the entire RC Empire comes solely from the Vatican. It is NOT a democracy.
    So is it any wonder that "The Vatican" considers itself above many of the laws of this world?

    January 4, 2013 at 11:32 pm |
  3. Holier than thou.

    Notice that the defenders of the faith have not got the courage to come on the blog and attempt to do a mea culpa for the continuing sins of the church. Cowards,

    January 4, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
    • Akira

      Noticeably absent: Chick-a-dee and Bill Deacon. I wonder why.

      January 4, 2013 at 5:55 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      They're ashamed. And rightly so.

      January 4, 2013 at 9:09 pm |
  4. Angel Moronic

    Silver pieces are the preferred method of payment

    January 4, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
  5. Akira

    I still don't see how this is a 'crisis of faith', unless the faith is in money...

    January 4, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
  6. EX catholic

    Now, now will Biden and Ryan will still want to go and kiss the Pope's ring over and over, time and again.

    Will Protestants like Huckabee and Robertson et al still want to go and subject themselves to the Pope, kneel before him like Jeb Bush did and kiss his ring over and over and over till they drop. Will the new breed of Neo-Christians neo-protestants still want to go and commit, submit and subject themselves under the Pope and kiss his ring over and over and over, again and again.

    I said this before and I'll say it again! The RCC is not a real church, much less the church of the New Testament.

    The RCC is a Politico-religious organization with several Financial and social interests all over the world.

    It is an Idolatrous organization and an Idolatrous religion. Idolatry is a grave and serious SIN. Idolatry IS NOT religion. Flee from Idolatry the Scriptures say.

    January 4, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
    • Clyde

      Then there is no true Church, since none of the protestant churches existed for 3/4 of the history of Christianity. They also disagree with the New Testament on such things as Communion (Jn. 6, I Cor. 11) or sola scriptura (the Bible nowhere says that it is the sole source of doctrine, thus sola scriptura is a contradiction). If you were a Catholic, you were likely not taught what the Church actually teaches, which is sadly far too common these days. Try examining Catholicism for yourself a little, you never know what you might find.

      January 4, 2013 at 8:19 pm |
  7. Brampt

    The Vatican has been braking the law since ever since it was created! The difference is that religion has lost the power once had, and soon, as the bible states, they, as for all religions, will be brought down, in such a way that many will be in awe! Why? The bible states that its because religion has brought shame to Gods name, and a lot of innocent blood is in there hands!

    January 4, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
  8. Holier than thou.

    Bill Deacon
    No hypocrisy among the deluded. Can't figure out how to defend the obvious criminal activities of the RCC, just amazing what you can accept in the name of your misguided faith, sad.

    January 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
  9. Disneyland for jesus

    Get yourself a sweet madona dressed in rhinestone sitting on a pedestal of abalone shell $25, or how about jesus on a stick made from sterling silver with semi-precious gem beads $80, and todays special a home bible and cathecism signed by the old Rat zinger himself, $125. The next tour starts in 15 minutes please purchase your tickets before hand.

    January 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
  10. New human species

    @Akira on bottom of page

    January 4, 2013 at 10:58 am |
  11. mama k

    I think this might not be something new. Those machines didn't work when I toured through there years ago. It was like one of those ill-planned detours where most are turning around as soon as they pile in there.

    January 4, 2013 at 10:25 am |
  12. Intresting

    That the butler ended up in jail and the Rat zinger was never charged.

    January 4, 2013 at 9:59 am |
  13. Past Headline

    Bill Deacon.
    The Vatican has received a report on financial transperency, but it is secret. Of course it is.

    January 4, 2013 at 9:55 am |
  14. General America

    As George C said so brilliantly, god loves you and he needs MONEY. Religio-nutters, watch and listen.

    January 4, 2013 at 9:53 am |
  15. Intresting comparison

    Bill Deacon
    RCC Mafia
    laity as sociates
    priests soldiers
    bishops capos
    cardinals consigliere/underboss
    pope boss of family
    It is all about money and power.

    January 4, 2013 at 9:32 am |
    • Hey Billy

      Bill Deacon
      Where do you fit in, a deacon, between the as sociate and the soldier or are you higher up the pecking order?

      January 4, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
  16. ???????

    But they can't seem to understand this....
    Stephen Hawking: God didn't create universe

    January 4, 2013 at 9:18 am |
  17. Akira

    The Vatican has been breaking laws for years. I'm not surprised at this at all.

    January 4, 2013 at 9:12 am |
  18. Kebos

    The RC church fails to comply to laundering rules?!!!! Difficult to break two millennia of tradition.

    January 4, 2013 at 7:48 am |
  19. New human species

    New human species to clean up cash @holy see

    Neanderthals and hobbits aren't the only species that may have coexisted with modern humans. Scientists in southwest China have discovered the bizarrely shaped skulls of a possible new human species called the Red Deer Cave People that existed until the end of the ice age, about 11,000 years ago. The odd skeletons had prominent jaws and jutting cheekbones, and middling-sized brains more commonly seen in human ancestors from hundreds of thousands of years ago.

    January 4, 2013 at 6:41 am |
    • Akira


      January 4, 2013 at 10:12 am |
    • A Hobbit

      on Hobbit growth hormone is a Yeti.

      January 4, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV


      H0mo floresiensis (Flores Man) aka Hobbit.


      I'd make a pun about them being fattish in the stomach, shortish in the leg. A round, jovial face; ears only slightly pointed and 'elvish'; hair short and curling (brown). The feet from the ankles down, covered with brown hairy fur. ... but that would be misleading.

      January 4, 2013 at 9:07 pm |
  20. HAHAHA

    Bill Deacon
    And the scam goes on feecing the sheep. Even you Billy can get an audience with the Rat zinger for $10,000 up front, small bills prefered. HAHAHAHA

    January 4, 2013 at 6:30 am |
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