The church owns more real property than any other entity in the world except the governments. Have you ever figured maybe they planned it that way The Catholic church has been collecting fine art, antiques, gold, silver, etc. for 1700 years. There's enough there that if it were to be sold and the proceeds placed in a trust with the growth each year used to feed the poor...we wouldn't have any poor. 'Course Jesus said the poor will always be with us so I suppose it's a bad idea. Matthew 26 11) "The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me"