ROMAN PARISH IN THE SWAMP ACCEPTING CRYPTO DONATIONS
OK... pour yourself a few fingers of your favorite adult beverage, sit down, take a deep breath, and read the following story spotted and shared by M.D.:
I want to draw your attention to the following paragraphs:
Engiven’s cryptocurrency donation platform will play a key role. The portal will allow people to donate crypto assets to over 300 parishes, schools, and ministries in the broader Washington, D.C., area. The digital nature of the platform also means donors can send money anonymously using various cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, from across the globe.
While the move is part of a trend of non-governmental organizations accepting the applicability of blockchain, especially in payment using cryptocurrencies, the Vatican has not yet issued clear guidance on the matter, nor have they officially acknowledged using cryptocurrencies.
In Nov. 2022, the first-ever Catholic Crypto Conference was held in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. It brought together over 250 congregants, including theologians, philosophers, cryptocurrency enthusiasts, and professionals from the financial services industry, to discuss and enhance the relationship between Catholicism and cryptocurrencies.
The conference focused on the opportunities and risks of crypto and how the Catholic Church should view blockchain technology and its use case outside of the financial world, such as storing parish documentation.
Blockchain is an immutable and distributed database that can store and track various transactions, including documents, coins, or artifacts with precision to their origins, potentially making storage safer. Safe storage can also help prevent corruption by keeping exact records of when and who accessed parish funds or documents.
Now, beyond the fact that this seems to be an egregious case of "Christianity and..." that C.S. Lewis warned about in The Screwtape Letters - you know, the phenomenon of people obsessed with what Christianity might say or think about "Christianity and the Women's Movement," "Christianity and Spelling Reform" or, as is the case here, "Christianity and Crypto-Currencies" - I hope you caught that business about anonymous donations and parish documentation, and that a cold shiver ran through you as it did me. Leaving aside for the moment that the blockchain technology is supposed to be entirely safe - you know, like the planscamdemic injections - and leaving aside for the moment that in spite of the claims some crypto-"currencies" have been hacked, and accepting those claims at face value and for the sake of argument, then what were being told is:
(1) crypto-currencies are a lovely way to launder money and keep the identities of the launderers anonymous; and
(2) why not use the Roman Catholic church and its vast global extent to do it? and,
(3) we need to beta test this on a small scale to see if it works and if people will actually use it, and
(4) if so, which will it take to tie all of this into the Vatican bank itself? and
(5) while we're at it, why not turn over all church records - baptisms, confirmations, marriages, annulments, ordinations, consecrations, property deeds, &c - into digital blockchain records.
This system, tied to the papal claims itself, and the inherent ability of a crypto-"currency" to be tied to a social credit system, and voila, you have a taylor-made "system" with ecclesiastical "sanction", and yet another expansion of the claims to universal and immediate jurisdiction, which makes its disturbingly bestial nature "ok"....
Don't say I didn't try to warn you...
... See you on the flip side...
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