Porsche rents Sistine Chapel for Pope's charity
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http://money.cnn.com/2014/10/20/news/com...ne-chapel/

For its fans, getting into a Porsche can be like a religious experience, but it's probably no substitute for getting into the Sistine Chapel.
For the first time ever, the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican -- one of the world's most celebrated example of Renaissance art -- can be rented out for corporate charity events.
Forty Porsche enthusiasts, at $5,900 per head, on Saturday were the first group of people treated to a private tour under the Vatican's new program. The event is part of Pope Francis' Art for Charity project.
Porsche's tour is a far cry from what the average visitor gets. Most of the Sistine Chapel's 20,000 daily visitors get a quick glance at the chapel before they're rushed out in an attempt to protect its fragile frescoes. The Porsche clients enjoyed a private concert while admiring the famous ceiling painted by Michelangelo.
The event was part of an exclusive four-day tour of Rome arranged by Porsche, which is owned by Volkswagen (VLKAF). Besides the concert, it also included after-hours access to the Vatican Museums and a gala dinner "in the midst of the exhibition," a trip to the Pope's summer retreat of Castel Gandolfo and a drive to Lago di Garda in the latest Porsche models.
It was the first time any Pope agreed to rent the chapel out for a corporate event.
The Vatican rejects that description.
"The Sistine Chapel can never be rented because it is not a commercial place," Vatican spokesman Monsignor Paolo Nicolini told reporters.
Instead, the Holy See described the Sistine Chapel as "visible" for private groups.
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The Vatican hopes other companies will follow suit with similar events.
"This initiative is organized directly by the Vatican Museums and is directed at big companies," Nicolini said.
But companies hoping to hold their next Christmas party there will be disappointed -- the Vatican intends the chapel to be used for art events only.

Quote: I haven't seen anyone mention this yet.  What do y'all think?  My spider senses are tingling that something doesn't feel right about it.
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I think it might just go hand in hand with having a religiously important place be simultaneously a place which is extremely important for worldly art.
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True, but I wonder how long it will be before pilgrims will be shut out of places due to scheduling conflicts for events for Siemens, Audi, BMW, etc. 
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The initial thought that popped into my head upon reading this was john 12:1-5

[1] Jesus therefore, six days before the pasch, came to Bethania, where Lazarus had been dead, whom Jesus raised to life. [2] And they made him a supper there: and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that were at table with him. [3] Mary therefore took a pound of ointment of right spikenard, of great price, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. [4] Then one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, he that was about to betray him, said: [5] Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

[6] Now 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. [7] Jesus therefore said: Let her alone, that she may keep it against the day of my burial. [8] For the poor you have always with you; but me you have not always.
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I agree with Cap'n Crunch. This strikes me as strange in the worst possible way...
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This all the more reminds me of a post a priest blogger wrote that say in order to become a Church of the poor means we will have to cozy up with the rich, becoming a Church for the rich.
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When will we learn? Renting the Sistine Chapel and making friends with the Wall Street crowd. Some years from now some Pope will ask forgiveness for Churchmen's deviations.
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Bah!  the Pope is very clever and knows what he does; what is the matter with those who are horrified at each of the Pope's acts?

See Luke 16, 9
New Living Translation
Here's the lesson: Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your earthly possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home.
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(10-23-2014, 08:13 PM)voltape Wrote: Bah!  the Pope is very clever and knows what he does; what is the matter with those who are horrified at each of the Pope's acts?

See Luke 16, 9
New Living Translation
Here's the lesson: Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your earthly possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home.

Judas was a good man after all. He must have been wise to tell Mary to stop wasting money to glorify the Lord and feed the poor instead.
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