I haven't been able to log in for a while, and tonight I managed.
RE the Vatican, someone said recently that money is a only one way with the Vatican, it goes in, but not out.
AND, I remember reading John LeCarre's Naive and Sentimental Lover ( worst book of his I have ever read).
I had not been in France long and was getting to grips with the oddities of french life......... and I have never forgotten this, which is more or less a quote:-
Then bribe them for christ's sake, what the hell's the french for bribe.
'Briber' Angie suggested.
'corrupt them' Cassidy yelled ' corruptez '...... but the clerk said that they were corrupt already.
And I must have read that in what 1983 and have never forgotten, and truly it helped me understand a lot of things french.
I do believe that a few weeks ago I saw on some news article that the money that had been promised had not been forthcoming.
Daresay that some of these obscenely rich people will be shamed into giving.
I can never work out who owns french churches, I believe that our village was responsible for the church. Who 'owns' Notre Dame???? If the catholic church, then maybe they should pay. If the state, well, donations would be good.