Just wondering a question that has been bugging me for ahwile now.
Obviously the Catholic Church (and Protestant) needs donations to maintain operations, and there are bake sales, and bingo fundraising activities, but those are all mainly sponsored by the Church, and the proceeds go to Church… What I have been wondering is:
Why is it OK (the assumption the Catholic Church does not object) for laypeople to write books/sell music CD’s and pocket the profits for themselves?
If it is OK for the laypeople to make money, I have these questions:
What proportion is OK to be kept for the person selling or authoring the books/music/CD’s VS. donating the proceeds back to Church or a Charity of some sort?
What guarantees that the stuff sold by laypeople will be correct as compared to the official Catholic teaching and why should I pay money for it and why is it not sold only to cover the costs of production vs. turning a profit?
Lastly, I had a friend challenge me once on the “Mega-Churches” selling stuff like Starbucks at their Churches. Most of the smaller Churches I know of do not have these kind of services. He claimed it was allowing Big Business making a profit at the “Mega-Church”. Does he have a point?