Apparently, in Australia, it's not enough that religion has all those ducky tax exemptions:
World Youth Day to cost taxpayers $86m
Posted Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:10am AEST
The New South Wales Government has revealed that World Youth Day events in Sydney will cost taxpayers $86 million.
Government World Youth Day spokeswoman Kristina Keneally says the money will be used to pay for additional police officers, extra public transport, and to turn schools into dormitories.
Not surprisingly, a few people are a bit hacked off about this grotesque Catholic Church swindle of the taxpayers:
The New South Wales Greens say the Catholic Church should be billed for the services the State Government is providing for the event.
"The Catholic Church is the organisation that will gain the biggest benefit from this event, not the people of New South Wales," Greens MP Lee Rhiannon said.
"It's a clear promotional event and therefore they should be footing the main part of the bill.
"The $86 million for accommodation and transport is a huge amount of money and means the economic benefit we were promised is now being whittled away."
Which probably explains the annoyance: