Re the recent letters in response to Carlos Montaner’s Dec. 24 column, Pope Francis, Michelle Bachelet and the market, it is interesting that churches seem to always enjoy prime real estate locations such as Fifth Avenue in Manhattan or Copley Square in Boston or waterfront properties in Miami Beach. They can only continue to keep them because they are exempt from paying any taxes.
The best example that the pope, as well as leaders of other religions, can set would be to start selling off their opulent edifices sitting on prime real estate and move their houses of worship to blighted neighborhoods that can benefit from their presence and then use the rest of the money to help the needy, while allowing the municipalities to collect high property taxes. And then they might have the right to suggest that others “redistribute their wealth” to those less fortunate.
Steven Z. Levinson, Miami Beach