If you are a catholic clergy, money should never be a prerequisite for holy communion and other sacraments, warns Pope Francis.

Catholic sacraments include baptism, marriage, confession etc. and Pope Francis insists they are gifts from God that are given freely and are not a way for the Church to fill up its coffers to cover expenses.

“Sometimes,” he said, “I have seen - not here in Rome, but in another area - I saw a list of prices” for the sacraments, the pope said. If someone wants to give an offering, “they should put it in the poor box, secretly, so that no one can see how much they have given.”

In his homily at his early morning Mass on Friday, the pope reflected on the day’s Gospel reading from St. John, in which Jesus drives the money-changers and merchants from the temple.

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“Take these out of here and stop making my father’s house a marketplace,” Jesus said.

Francis said Jesus’ action was prompted by the presence of “idolaters,” people who were enslaved by “the idol of money.”

“This calls for our attention and makes us think about how we treat our temples, our churches; if it is a house of God, a house of prayer, of encounter with the Lord” or “if it resembles a marketplace,” the pope said.

The pope also warned that the temptation of worldliness that can turn a solemn celebration of the sacraments into a social gathering.

“Let us think about the celebrations of some sacrament where you go, and you do not know if it is a place of worship, the house of God, or if it is a social hall,” he said. “It is true that celebrations must be beautiful, but not worldly, because worldliness derives from the god of money. It is also an idolatry.”

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