You’ll Always Have The Poor

Parishioners at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Melrose Park Illinois have melted down $75,000 dollar worth of gold to make crowns for their statues of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus.Yes, real honest to goodness crowns made of gold, like kings wear … for statues.

Parishioners at a suburban Chicago Catholic church have donated 15 pounds of gold, which leaders at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel had melted into two 14-karat gold crowns worth $75,000 … The crowns were to be put on statues of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus at the church on Sunday.

Well, maybe this church just did this on their won. I’m sure the Pope will tell them not to praise material goods, that they should put the money to better use. Donate it to the poor perhaps:

Last month, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel pastor the Rev. Claudio Holzer and 35 parishioners traveled to Italy, where they had an audience with Pope Benedict XVI and he blessed the crowns.

Ok, I guess not. The Pope seems to be down with it. Plus the added air faire of 36 church members. Well, I guess they’ll “have the poor always”(Mark 14:7). But, if anyone can try to tell me how this is different from dancing around a golden bull I would be very happy. Please, comment away.

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