The assistant said, “I have never told you, but I am doing better. I allow them to bring their girlfriends also – or boyfriends, as the case may be. And all these things are ordinary, beer and wine and cigarettes – that’s okay. They can even make love, because that is what our basic teaching is: love – and not only your wife, but also your neighbor’s wife: love! So there is such a crowd, and people are queuing outside, so we have to run the synagogue in shifts! Inside the synagogue everything is holy.”
The third man, who had come to find business, said, “I have understood. Now I am going to do something even better.”
They said, “What will you do?”
He said, “I am going to put a board in front of the synagogue that on every Jewish holiday the synagogue will be closed. Let people enjoy! That is the basic principle – enjoyment. And for this enjoyment I am going to charge. I am giving them one holiday completely – no sermons, no sitting in the cold seats, that is unnecessary trouble for people. So they have to pay, and the synagogue will be closed on all Jewish holidays. It will be open otherwise – but only on Jewish holidays would the Jews come; on other days, nobody comes.”
Religion has become a business – all religions – and it has become a business because you are searching dependence. Now, giving ten dollars and saying five Hail Marys, you feel unburdened – unburdened to commit another rape. It is cheap.
And that’s why the pope says, “Don’t communicate directly with God, it is a sin!” Obviously it is a sin, because how will the priest live? How will the Vatican bank live? Its turnover is perhaps the greatest of any bank: one hundred billion dollars per year – and all the money is heroin money.
The Italian government has issued an arrest warrant for the bishop who was running the bank. They turn black money into white, it is the biggest Mafia. But the Vatican, although just eight square miles, is a sovereign country, and the pope is not only the head of the Catholic church, he is also the head of the Vatican sovereign country, just eight square miles. The Italian government cannot enter there. So they were just waiting for that manager to come out – but he would not come out once he knew.
And do you know what the pope has done to him? Rather than delivering him to the Italian government, because he is committing the greatest crime, and the pope goes on speaking against drugs and his bank is dealing only in drugs…. All the money that he is spending on his tours…
When the pope went to Australia, he spent eight million dollars. Just before him the queen of England had gone there, and she spent only two million dollars. From where is this money coming?
Rather than giving him to the Italian government, he has made the bishop a cardinal, promoted him because he is the source of money.
It is true not only about the Catholic church, it is the situation with all religions. But why do people give? They need consolation, they need somebody to look up to, somebody who can promise them that they will be saved from hell and hellfire.