Monday, April 28, 2008

The Pope is cumming

I use that spelling deliberately. Since he can neither have sexual relations with male or female, I expect he does a good bit of masturbation. I prefer to refer to him by his old name, Cardinal Ratzinger. Can't you just spit it out with vituperation so much better? But I must move on. I don't want to get a mental image of Cardinal Ratzinger dropping a load over his hairy old guts. (No offence intended M'lord. I am sure yours is perfectly nice)

Islamic religion seems to cause us enough botheration, but probably not as much has the Catholic church had over years/decades/centuries.

Poor old Sydney. Not only to they have Premier Dilemma, suffered APEC, now they must give their city over to Cardinal Ratzinger. Jahteh, pass on to your sister that she won't be hearing, 'And they're racing at Randwick' on 3UZ.

Here is a crikey.com.au story from today.

A poll in the Fairfax press yesterday showed that the majority of Sydney people had got jack of the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day once they realised how disruptive it would be. While the men who run the world’s premier institution of misogyny and paedophilia should never have been allowed to hold their medievalist frolic in public in the first place, the event has undoubtedly been affected by the Iemma Government’s Sadim touch.

Typically, the NSW Government buggered up the organising of the event, leading to an extended stoush with the racing industry which was only resolved via a large bribe to the horse floggers, which came on top of tens of millions already gifted to the Catholics to help celebrate such bizarre concepts as transubstantiation, virgin birth and zombie messiahs.

John Watkins – apparently one of the talented ones in Macquarie St – then applied his usual “shut the place down” approach of handing police ridiculous powers and closing off half the city, which worked so well during APEC that the Chasers were waved through to within bombing distance of world leaders. He also claimed that the event would generate $190m in tourism revenue, but refused to release the basis for the figure, suggesting it’s the usual creative arithmetic of magical multipliers and outlandish assumptions employed by events organisers over the years. Youth Day organisers preferred an even sillier estimate of $230m offered by the local Chamber of Commerce. This was at the same time they were pleading for local Catholics to volunteer to have “pilgrims” billeted on them.

But while Alex Mitchell has previously explained how much taxpayer money has been showered on the Catholic Church, that’s not the end of it, not by a long stretch. Don’t forget that religious groups do not pay tax – including company tax, GST, FBT and capital gains tax, or even council rates, stamp duty or land tax. Even the for-profit services run by religious groups – which frequently compete with other business – are exempt from company taxation.

In 2005, Adele Ferguson did the hard work of estimating the revenue of Australia’s main religions for BRW. She found that the Catholic Church earned the bulk of the more than $23b in revenue earned by the ten largest religious groups - $16.25b. At the same growth rate identified by Ferguson, this would be $20.47b in 2008. If even just 5% of that revenue was profit, that’s more than $300m that the Catholic Church will avoid this year in company tax alone. Ferguson estimated that the Church had more than $100b in assets, the bulk of which would be property – which would mean several hundred million dollars more in land tax that state governments are missing out on.

So, courtesy of our exempting religions from taxation, the Catholic Church alone keeps the best part of a billion dollars a year minimum. Throw in everyone else – the Uniting Church, the Anglicans, the happy clappers and their coffee chains, the Salvos – and we’re talking a billions of dollars a year in tax revenue forgone. The $160m being poured into the Youth Day is small beer indeed.

11 comments:

  1. It is easier for a bishop to enter the cassock of a choirboy than it is for a cardinal to enter the gates of heaven.

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  2. I hope your reference to John Watkins (our Minister for Transport) as 'apparently one of the talented ones' was a tongue in cheek comment.

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  3. News of that World Youth Day in Sydney even reached as far as Germany. We had a nanny living here and her Grandmother sent her a letter to say, "Oh, by the way, there is a World Youth Day in Sydney..you must go to it". No guessing what religion her Grandmother was...and how she just thought Sydney was a hop and jump from Melb...I guess it is, if you fly.

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  4. You must be correct Brian, as a check of the numbers would no doubt indicate.

    Victor, I think the key word is 'apparently'.

    You should go Cazzie. Gather up the kids and take a leisurely stroll to Sydney.

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  5. Argh...I could have gone for the rest of my life without thinking about the Pope in that way.

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  6. Anonymous11:52 am

    I like to refer to him (The Pope) as Cardinal Ratsarse (something about his features reminds me of the antichrist)and his goofy offsider Cardinal George Hell (thanks for sending him up from Melbourne). The $160 million could have been spent on better things, like improving our public transport and hospitals here in NSW. Not for some geriatric drag queen in his pope mobile. I hear there are not enough partakers coming so Church is having to ship them in from Asia, NZ and Pacific Islands. Can't wait to see what the Chaser Team do with his visit too.

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  7. ... and let's hear it for everyone who has been viciously bashed by a bride of christ.

    a pox on all religions.

    how ridiculous to say you can't eat ham.
    how ridiculous to say you can't eat fish on Fridays.
    how ridiculous to say a womans head must be covered. WTF?

    and exemption from land tax is for all organsations which "are for The Public GOOD" ... we could debate that one; and the category includes ROADS, which means the privately Japanese owned CityLink does not pay landtax on the road they charge us to use.
    Sayonara Toyabashi - an obi up ya nose ya stinkin Japs.

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  8. Don't forget to add on top of all the tax benefits, the fact that retired clergymen and women who have dedicated their life to God and sworn a vowel of poverty receive a pension paid for by our tax dollars...

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  9. My sister will be devastated, her religion is Racing.

    Anybody know if he's flying or walking on water to get here?

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  10. Andrew, I prefer to call him by name given to him by Bild, Germany's trashiest tabloid - Papa Ratzi.

    Say it a few times aloud and you'll see why.

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  11. Sorry Daisy Jo. Think of a hot young priest instead.

    Anon, Pell was one of the best exports from Victoria to NSW ever.

    Pleased that you are still reading the business pages Ann. I sort of knew of the Japanese connection, but not so succinctly put.

    Added into the mix Bobby. As the number of believers reduces every year, at some point someone will have to bite the bullet and stop this nonsense.

    Plus she has lost some country meets, I seem to understand Jahteh.

    It only took me once BC. Bild is trashy, but it has broken some big stories.

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