Vatican can't take credit card payments
January 4th, 2013
12:26 PM ET

Vatican can't take credit card payments

By Mark Thompson, CNN Money

(CNN) – If you're planning on visiting the Vatican any time soon, take plenty of cash for tickets and souvenirs.

Vatican museums and shops have been unable to accept credit or debit card payments since Jan. 1, after the Bank of Italy prevented Deutsche Bank from providing the service due to concerns about financial oversight in the city-state, sources familiar with the matter told CNNMoney.

The world's smallest state is home to the Pope and such popular tourist sites as St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, attracting some 5 million visitors per year.

The Vatican has taken several steps in recent years to improve its record on banking supervision. But a report last year by Moneyval - an independent group of European experts - found it was still falling short of international standards to tackle money laundering and other financial crimes.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Catholic Church • Money & Faith • Vatican

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  1. vatican city should be turned into a big museum complex, and all the blood-(and of course, money-) sukking priests thrown out on their azzes.


    January 4, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
  2. there is no other truth but truth absolute, and truth absolute is LORD AND GOD OF THE WORLD.

    Word Jew is based on Hebrew word Yehood, YE, self, Hood, centered or habitat, conjoined with hindu, pagan, secular belief of universe be creator of itself and universe be the lord and god of the humanity., as in Ra Ben hood, the path blessing of the habitat, universe.
    Word hindu is based on Latin word hindered, negative, HUN, to be great, HAN, to be in greatness, hin, to be negative to both of them. Hindu, as a noun in negativity, Hinduism, way or WAY of negativity. Hindu’s out law’s were called hindu’s deniers of truth absolute, based on Arabic and Latin word HANOOD, meaning self centered, in denial of truth absolute ALLAH, essence of existence, NO ONE CAN DO WITHOUT PROVEN BY SCIENCE. Hindu is not a word for something positive, but identification of their way of life in negativity, a designation to identify Hinduism, negativity by nature of their belief, but adopted by hindu’s, ignorant as designation to identify their faith in Hinduism, negativity. Hinduism denial of truth absolute is also known by other word’ such as Atheist, from word Ethos, secular, Lucifer, Devil , demon, Shaitan and pig. Pig being a word based on Persian, hindu corruption of language of truth Latin, from word Panja, a claw as symbol of power, displayed on top of temple’s, dungeon’s of Hinduism, illegality of hindu Mithraism, pagan savior ism and celebrated as Sinco de Mayo and punj tan, but in reality constellation of five stars, worshipped as god’s, pointed to align Pyramids of hindu secular Pharaoh’s.

    January 4, 2013 at 5:49 pm |
    • there is no other truth but truth absolute, and truth absolute is LORD AND GOD OF THE WORLD.

      Western democracy is Hinduism corruption of teachings of Islam, nothing of their own, but corruption of way of truth absolute, THEEN ALLAH over time. Hinduism absurdity of Roman and Greek democracy is nothing but hinduism, a myth, propagated to make hindu, uncivilized societies as Islamic, civilized
      In reality, only one percent of upper class of Hinduism, cast system, known as Brahman in hindered, gutter ROM, were considered to be human being, rest of the 99 % of the population was divided in to sub class, up to gentiles, salves, having no right to vote, but serve their masters, as is the case in hindered gutter of Hinduism, racism india, Hinduism, illegality by faith.

      January 4, 2013 at 5:53 pm |
    • there is no other truth but truth absolute, and truth absolute is LORD AND GOD OF THE WORLD.

      , .
      Over time citizens, under class wanted to be free from Hinduism, racism of upper (BRAHMAN) class to be human, first they were granted limited freedom, and allowed to be elected to lower house, only to deal with problems of underclass, but only by blessings of hindu, butcher King and his hindu Prophet, criminal fortune teller man god, based on fundamental of Pharaoh’s, trinity, divide of truth absolute 360 degrees between two hindu, ignorant men as god’s of humanity and followed by followers of hindu Mithraism, savior ism called Christianity, along with son’s of god, the aristocrats, called upper house of lord’s,

      January 4, 2013 at 5:59 pm |
    • there is no other truth but truth absolute, and truth absolute is LORD AND GOD OF THE WORLD.

      Only after conquest of other land’s and massive migration to other continent by underclass citizens, having filled their coffers with looted wealth, including drug dealing’s by hindu criminal royalty, such as war with china to addict nation of china with opium by force against wishes of government of china by hindu crook King of England, hindu criminal King’s of hindu pagan Europe decided to allow underclass citizens to have some breathing space by labeling it Democracy, meaning power of Choice, but they kept, right of finial decision and land property sole right of Hindu criminal Throne till today. Such as hindu criminal queen of England, owns land of England as her sole property, and every inhabitant has no more right than a tenant, also known as hari. Democracy, freedom of choice, but only in name.

      January 4, 2013 at 6:01 pm |
    • there is no other truth but truth absolute, and truth absolute is LORD AND GOD OF THE WORLD.

      Much touted bill of rights by hindu imperial west and their hindu gentile, secular slaves of, still colonized countries, such as Pakistan is nothing more than hindu corrupted form of bill of rights granted by theen Allah, way of truth absolute, hind perverted by hindu Jew’s, criminal secular s, pretending to be Israelite, but hindu’s deniers of truth absolute Allah of Egyptian and Persian origin.

      January 4, 2013 at 6:03 pm |
    • there is no other truth but truth absolute, and truth absolute is LORD AND GOD OF THE WORLD.

      Muslim’s, need not to be fooled by Hinduism trickery of hindu pundit’s criminal tricksters of the western democracy, based on hindu Judaism, criminal secular ism, with never ending excuses to justify their Hinduism, illegality, as has been the case with believers’ of hindu Judaism,

      January 4, 2013 at 6:05 pm |
  3. niknak

    Don't worry everyone, the vatican will find new and creative ways to launder money for the mob and to enrich itself.
    I am sure they will get around to selling absolutions again.
    What a great way to make money.
    Sell fools the idea that some dead family member can be bought into heaven.

    See, the catholic church was into creative ways to make money even back in the dark ages.
    When you get people to believe in magic, there is no end to how much money you can get out of them.

    January 4, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
    • Bet

      Now that Mother Teresa is fast-tracked for sainthood, maybe they will "resurrect" her. That broad managed to squeeze Charles Keating for $1.25M. Just imagine how much money a zombified Mother Teresa could raise!

      January 4, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
    • niknak

      I won't be shocked if they embalm her and pull her out at fundraisers so the sheep can take their picture with her, for a fee of course.
      Maybe the Jackson family will embalm Michael and the two of them can go around and make more money together.
      For one low price you can get your picture taken with the King of Pop and the Queen of Poop.

      January 4, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
    • End Religion

      I suppose they'll have to start taking funds via PayPal. They can carry around an iPhone with a mobile payment dongle. The iphone wallpaper will be Mother Teresa tastefully semi-glad-handing the poor (she wouldn't want to actually touch them).

      January 4, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
  4. there is no other truth but truth absolute, and truth absolute is LORD AND GOD OF THE WORLD.

    By book of Mithra savior ism, bible.
    hindu, fabrication called Jesus claimed to be, like personality of Hebrew teaching's, Jonah. if true,
    Jonah jumped off of a ship, HE WAS ALIVE,
    Jonah swollen by a fish, HE WAS ALIVE,
    While in the belly of fish, HE WAS ALIVE,
    spitted out by the fish, HE WAS ALIVE.

    Fabrication Jesus arrested, HE WAS ALIVE,
    Put on a so called cross, HE WAS ALIVE
    while on a cross, HE WAS ALIVE,
    While in belly of tomb, HE WAS ALIVE.

    hindu, fabrication Mithra savior of followers of hindu Mithra ism, pagan savior ism Jesus transfigured in to another person in front of his disciples, or became some one else, or he changed his form to their amazement.
    Time of last supper, before his so called arrest, he smiled on Judah, and Judah smiled in kind,
    hindu, fabrication Jesus, kissed him, and Judah kissed him in kind.
    Judah transfigured in to Jesus and Jesus transfigure in to Judah.
    Judah was arr rested as Jesus and Jesus escaped as Judah,

    January 4, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
    • William Demuth

      I think this dude is Lionly Lambs speech therapist!

      Second least literate poster of all time!!

      January 4, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
    • there is no other truth but truth absolute, and truth absolute is LORD AND GOD OF THE WORLD.

      for a hindu, ignorant in hinduism, denial of truth absolute.

      January 4, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
    • niknak

      Don't know Will, but he may be a linguistic genious.
      Think about it, one would have to be very creative to come up with all that off the cuff like he does.
      None of it is the same, so it is not just reposted postings from before.
      He has a pretty good schtick going, and I tend to believe that he is pretty smart and it is all a clever act.
      Or he is just insane.

      January 4, 2013 at 4:52 pm |
    • Wipeout

      this guy is schizophrenic tard

      January 4, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
    • there is no other truth but truth absolute, and truth absolute is LORD AND GOD OF THE WORLD.

      Ha, ha, ha, hindu's, ignorant's, smart with hindu ignorant opinions, but hind short on education ,knowledge. gentiles, slaves of their hindu souls, ignorant desires.

      January 4, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
    • Akira

      'Ignorant desires'
      Great turn of phrase!

      January 4, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
  5. Bootyfunk

    " report last year by Moneyval – an independent group of European experts – found it was still falling short of international standards to tackle money laundering and other financial crimes."

    the whole church scheme to fleece money from the sheep is a financial crime. religion - the biggest business in the world.

    January 4, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
    • niknak

      You got that right funkybooty.

      The biggest, longest running and most lucrative ponzi scheem ever invented.

      January 4, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
    • End Religion

      The amount of cash they've fleeced is staggering especially if you factor in the real estate they own.

      January 4, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
  6. Chick-a-dee

    Everyone knows there's no such thing as the mafia outside Hollywood imaginations. As for the rest of this commentary, I'd find less manure mucking stalls that reading this.

    January 4, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
    • niknak

      I beg to differ with you on that Chickie.
      My old man has a house in Sicily. It was passed down to him and has been mostly empty for many years.
      It was in a place that back in the day was just considered worthless scrubland.
      Fast foreward 40 years, and that worthless scrubland has become a triving tourist area as the beaches are really nice.
      The mafia is trying to steal his house as we speak.
      I won't bore you with the details, but they are alive and well and still around.
      Just not like how Hollywood makes them out to be.

      January 4, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
    • Bet

      "Everyone" knows this? Lol.

      Try changing your underwear once in a while, maybe the manure smell won't be so bad.

      January 4, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
    • William Demuth

      I guess this is sarcasam?

      Come walk Mullberry with me and learn a little my silly freind

      January 4, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
    • Akira

      Lol. "Everybody knows".
      Okay, then who is the Vatican laundering money for? Lol.

      January 4, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
    • Chick-a-dee

      Forse tuo padre non capisce come negoziare un affare.

      January 4, 2013 at 6:55 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Of course there's organized crime. Chickie must be an Italian who is trying to battle stereotypes.

      January 4, 2013 at 7:02 pm |
    • Carl Russo

      I encourage you to go to ANY Italian newspaper website and search "mafia."


      January 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
  7. New Athiest

    Let's not jump to comclusions here.
    We all know the RCC has a history of turning all offenders over to local authorities.
    Along with all proof of any illegal activity.

    January 4, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
  8. Milton


    January 4, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
  9. Reality

    Just another nail in the RCC coffin!!!

    January 4, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Hey, my man Reality made it to the new year!

      I would have thought Ratzingers Hit Men would have eliminated you ages ago!

      But a word of advice dude, don't take this stuff to seriously this year, you will give yourself a heart attack!

      January 4, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
    • William Demuth

      And Reality

      In the future, your Great Great Grandchild will say he can't be sure Mickey Mouse was God, but that he could be sure Mickey Mouse really existed because he had a partial comic book that referenced him.

      Hee as well, would be wrong!

      January 4, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
    • George

      Reality, believe it or not, you nonbelievers are right on course for what has been written thousands of years ago ... that being ushering in the antichrist for your non belief.

      January 4, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
    • JWT

      I don't believe it – there is no god and no anti-christ unless that is a form of antipasta.

      January 4, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
    • William Demuth


      The Anti-Christ??

      Like for real? I mean you actually believe that drivel?

      January 4, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
    • Bet

      George, your persecution complex is showing.

      January 4, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
    • Reality

      In regards to ancient wisdom:

      "The Two Universal Sects

      They all err—Moslems, Jews,
      Christians, and Zoroastrians:

      Humanity follows two world-wide sects:
      One, man intelligent without religion,
      The second, religious without intellect. "

      , born AD 973 /, died AD 1058 / .

      Al-Ma’arri was a blind Arab philosopher, poet and writer.[1][2] He was a controversial rationalist of his time, attacking the dogmas of religion and rejecting the claim that Islam possessed any monopoly on truth."

      Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/resalat-al-ghufran#ixzz1lI6DuZmZ and http://www.humanistictexts.org/al_ma'arri.htm

      "Death's Debt is Paid in Full

      Death's debt is then and there
      Paid down by dying men;

      But it is a promise bare
      That they shall rise again."


      January 4, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
  10. Mike from Toronto Kanada

    ..."No one knows if this Jesus Christ existed, and if he did, NOTHING is known about him!"
    WHY I AM NOT A CHRISTIAN Bertrand Russell 1928

    January 4, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
    • Reality

      From Professors Crossan and Watts' book, Who is Jesus.

      "That Jesus was crucified under Pontius Pilate, as the Creed states, is as certain as anything historical can ever be.

      “ The Jewish historian, Josephus and the pagan historian Tacitus both agree that Jesus was executed by order of the Roman governor of Judea. And is very hard to imagine that Jesus' followers would have invented such a story unless it indeed happened.

      “While the brute fact that of Jesus' death by crucifixion is historically certain, however, those detailed narratives in our present gospels are much more problematic. "

      “My best historical reconstruction would be something like this. Jesus was arrested during the Passover festival, most likely in response to his action in the Temple. Those who were closest to him ran away for their own safety.

      I do not presume that there were any high-level confrontations between Caiaphas and Pilate and Herod Antipas either about Jesus or with Jesus. No doubt they would have agreed before the festival that fast action was to be taken against any disturbance and that a few examples by crucifixion might be especially useful at the outset. And I doubt very much if Jewish police or Roman soldiers needed to go too far up the chain of command in handling a Galilean peasant like Jesus. It is hard for us to imagine the casual brutality with which Jesus was probably taken and executed. All those "last week" details in our gospels, as distinct from the brute facts just mentioned, are prophecy turned into history, rather than history remembered."

      See also Professor Crossan's reviews of the existence of Jesus in his other books especially, The Historical Jesus and also Excavating Jesus (with Professor Jonathan Reed doing the archeology discussion) .

      Other NT exegetes to include members of the Jesus Seminar have published similar books with appropriate supporting references.

      Part of Crossan's The Historical Jesus has been published online at books.google.com/books.

      There is also a search engine for this book on the right hand side of the opening page. e.g. Search Josephus

      See also Wikipedia's review on the historical Jesus to include the Tacitus' reference to the crucifixion of Jesus.

      From ask.com,

      "One of the greatest historians of ancient Rome, Cornelius Tacitus is a primary source for much of what is known about life the first and second centuries after the life of Jesus. His most famous works, Histories and Annals, exist in fragmentary form, though many of his earlier writings were lost to time. Tacitus is known for being generally reliable (if somewhat biased toward what he saw as Roman immorality) and for having a uniquely direct (if not blunt) writing style.

      Then there are these scriptural references:

      Crucifixion of Jesus:(1) 1 Cor 15:3b; (2a) Gos. Pet. 4:10-5:16,18-20; 6:22; (2b) Mark 15:22-38 = Matt 27:33-51a = Luke 23:32-46; (2c) John 19:17b-25a,28-36; (3) Barn. 7:3-5; (4a) 1 Clem. 16:3-4 (=Isaiah 53:1-12); (4b) 1 Clem. 16.15-16 (=Psalm 22:6-8); (5a) Ign. Mag. 11; (5b) Ign. Trall. 9:1b; (5c) Ign. Smyrn. 1.2.- (read them all at wiki.faithfutures. Crucifixion org/index.php/005_Crucifixion_Of_Jesus )

      Added suggested readings:

      o 1. Historical Jesus Theories, earlychristianwritings.com/theories.htm – the names of many of the contemporary historical Jesus scholars and the ti-tles of their over 100 books on the subject.
      2. Early Christian Writings, earlychristianwritings.com/
      – a list of early Christian doc-uments to include the year of publication–

      30-60 CE Passion Narrative
      40-80 Lost Sayings Gospel Q
      50-60 1 Thessalonians
      50-60 Philippians
      50-60 Galatians
      50-60 1 Corinthians
      50-60 2 Corinthians
      50-60 Romans
      50-60 Philemon
      50-80 Colossians
      50-90 Signs Gospel
      50-95 Book of Hebrews
      50-120 Didache
      50-140 Gospel of Thomas
      50-140 Oxyrhynchus 1224 Gospel
      50-200 Sophia of Jesus Christ
      65-80 Gospel of Mark
      70-100 Epistle of James
      70-120 Egerton Gospel
      70-160 Gospel of Peter
      70-160 Secret Mark
      70-200 Fayyum Fragment
      70-200 Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
      73-200 Mara Bar Serapion
      80-100 2 Thessalonians
      80-100 Ephesians
      80-100 Gospel of Matthew
      80-110 1 Peter
      80-120 Epistle of Barnabas
      80-130 Gospel of Luke
      80-130 Acts of the Apostles
      80-140 1 Clement
      80-150 Gospel of the Egyptians
      80-150 Gospel of the Hebrews
      80-250 Christian Sibyllines
      90-95 Apocalypse of John
      90-120 Gospel of John
      90-120 1 John
      90-120 2 John
      90-120 3 John
      90-120 Epistle of Jude
      93 Flavius Josephus
      100-150 1 Timothy
      100-150 2 Timothy
      100-150 T-itus
      100-150 Apocalypse of Peter
      100-150 Secret Book of James
      100-150 Preaching of Peter
      100-160 Gospel of the Ebionites
      100-160 Gospel of the Nazoreans
      100-160 Shepherd of Hermas
      100-160 2 Peter

      3. Historical Jesus Studies, faithfutures.org/HJstudies.html,
      – "an extensive and constantly expanding literature on historical research into the person and cultural context of Jesus of Nazareth"
      4. Jesus Database, faithfutures.org/JDB/intro.html–"The JESUS DATABASE is an online annotated inventory of the traditions concerning the life and teachings of Jesus that have survived from the first three centuries of the Common Era. It includes both canonical and extra-canonical materials, and is not limited to the traditions found within the Christian New Testament."
      5. Josephus on Jesus mtio.com/articles/bissar24.htm
      6. The Jesus Seminar, mystae.com/restricted/reflections/messiah/seminar.html#Criteria
      7. Writing the New Testament- mystae.com/restricted/reflections/messiah/testament.html
      8. Health and Healing in the Land of Israel By Joe Zias
      9. Economics in First Century Palestine, K.C. Hanson and D. E. Oakman, Palestine in the Time of Jesus, Fortress Press, 1998.

      January 4, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
    • George

      The phony scribes and Pharisees that were not Jews but pretended to be Jews is already written. The Kenites who rose to the ranks of the synagogues had Jesus crucified so that they could continue the traditions of man. You prove it Reality.

      January 4, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
    • Reality

      The Apostles'/Agnostics' Creed 2013: (updated by yours truly and based on the studies of historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

      Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
      and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
      human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven??

      I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
      preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
      named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
      girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

      Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
      the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

      He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
      a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of

      Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
      many semi-fiction writers. A descent into Hell, a bodily resurrection
      and ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
      Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
      grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
      and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
      called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

      (references used are available upon request)

      January 5, 2013 at 12:15 am |
  11. there is no other truth but truth absolute, and truth absolute is LORD AND GOD OF THE WORLD.

    Secrete of number 666, otherwise known as trinity. foundation of hinduism, racism.
    Truth absolute = 360*. 360/2. 180* half of good hood owner ship of hindu crook King, and other half owner ship of his hindu crook Prophet, fortune teller hindu sanatan, filthy goon, as a man god, 180/ 3= 666, the way of hindu Jew, criminal secular, son of hindu Lucifer, denier of truth absolute, self centered, atheist.

    January 4, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
  12. End Religion

    How will Vatican priests pay for their internet porn and child prostitutes? With cash straight from the offering plates!

    January 4, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
    • Angel Moronic

      They can still use silver pieces, can they ?

      January 4, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
    • Bet

      You bet, Angel Moronic. The virgin boys are 30 pieces or two for 50 pieces. Used boys are BOGO.

      January 4, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
  13. Bet

    The sheeple must have gotten tired of trying to figure out what "Quid est proprium tuum identificatio numerum?" means at the Vatican ATMs.

    January 4, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Do NOT use 666 as your PIN number, or the dudes with the battle axes will decapitate you!

      January 4, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
    • Bet

      I thought 666 was Herr Ratzinger's PIN.

      January 4, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
  14. there is no other truth but truth absolute, and truth absolute is LORD AND GOD OF THE WORLD.

    expect nothing better from source of hinduism, corruption of truth absolute, cause of Mayhem among humanity, hindu's criminals pretending to be gods, claimants of god hood by divide of truth absolute, having no respect for rest of the humanity, because they claim to be hindu sanatns, filthy goons, assistant to truth absolute god, while on earth to rule over humanity and to be GOD, themselves after their death.

    January 4, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
  15. truth be told

    When confronting an atheist type like demouth or any others it is best to first recognize that atheism is born in a lie and perpetuated by mass murder. Putting atheism in its proper context allows normal people the wisdom to know the unspeakable filth that atheism represents.

    January 4, 2013 at 1:43 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Let me guess, your momma was drinkin while she carried you?

      January 4, 2013 at 1:45 pm |
    • Akira

      When confronting a troll type like truth be told or any others it is best to first recognize that a troll is born in a lie and perpetuated by mass murder. Putting trolls in its proper context allows normal people the wisdom to know the unspeakable filth that trolls represent.

      Like MAD libs, in a way...

      January 4, 2013 at 1:49 pm |
    • ME II

      @truth be told,
      What supposed lie would that be?
      Also, how is Atheism "perpetuated" by mass murder?

      January 4, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
    • truth be turd

      I'd like to again apologize for being such a turd. Sorry.

      January 4, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
    • George

      William Demuth, you make fun of others mothers but believe that you slithered from the oceans depths then erected to swing from trees. Talk about the whoopers of fairy tales.

      January 4, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
    • William Demuth


      Its obvious no one explained, but it is the FATHER who gets erected, not the mother.

      January 4, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
    • niknak

      News flash for you curious George, but Will has heaps of evidence that we in fact did evolve from ocean creature and share the same ancestor as animals that do swing in trees.
      Whatchu got?
      Oh yeah, your 2000 year old book of magic spells.

      When you get a sec, maybe you can post a bit of evidence for you god hypothesis.

      January 4, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
    • sam stone

      tbt is still yapping like a mouthy little gash. bark, little doggie

      January 4, 2013 at 9:21 pm |
  16. William Demuth

    Plus one important note:

    The Vatican bank has been embroiled in SERIOUS banking scandals

    The reason they can't pass the standard is because they are one step above La Cosa Nostra.

    They are criminals, pure and simple

    January 4, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
    • Bet

      The RCC has been in bed with the mafia forever. Vatican Bank president Father Paul Marcinkus resigned when the RCC's ties to the mafia were exposed and was a suspect in several "mysterious" deaths, including that of pope John Paul I. Of course he was never indicted for any crime, successfully claimed diplomatic immunity and returned to the Archdiocese of Chicago before being assigned to an assistant pastor position at a church in Arizona. The RCC treated him like they treat pedophile priests – deny, reassign, ignore.

      Although the RCC paid back about $200M to creditors, Marcinkus remained unapologetic, stating, "You can't run the church on Hail Marys". He later claimed to have been misquoted.

      January 4, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Yes, quite true!.

      I believe the general idea of it was actually the basis for the last Godfather film

      January 4, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
  17. William Demuth

    I believe the old term was once "gauche"

    The RCC sponsors it altar boy buggery through the sale of tacky chachkis!!

    The junk is probably painted with lead paint and made by slave labor in China

    What an pathetic faith it is!

    January 4, 2013 at 1:37 pm |
  18. ME II

    How could they pass up the ti.tle of "No Faith in Vatican"?

    January 4, 2013 at 1:37 pm |
  19. Bob

    The fact that the Vatican has a gift shop should tell you how evil this religion is. Either you are in a holy place or Disneyland. It can't be both.

    January 4, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
    • End Religion

      What trip to the holy land is complete without your very own necklace featuring a dead guy hanging from some perpendicular wooden beams? It's too groovy to pass up!

      January 4, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
  20. Tourist Trap

    Nice picture of overpriced tourist trash and yet the sheepies but that crap.

    January 4, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
    • Akira

      While completely ignoring that many of the representatives are little kid ass bandits.
      I lost respect for the RCC years ago because of their hypocrisy.

      January 4, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
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