For a long long time, it is known, at least among few, that forgiveness for earthly transgressions are a matter of simple economic principles. Feel that weight on your conscience? Do not fear, child. The local religious house, of your chosing, has the solution to your problem. This Guardian article, another example, this one from the Catholic Church, shows just how intrinsically intertwined the nexus between religion & politics is. Sure to anger/ annoy/ agitate those of strong faith.
Not so long ago, it was the man-made Church that was THE threat to the future of Humanity.
Maybe the Holy See sees that not??