In the Archdiocese of Colombo (Sri Lanka) there is what we call a “Familybook” to this familybook people must pay a fixed MONTHLY amount set forth in a empty box which the value is defined at the consent value of the said family, this familybook is the official document for the identification of a Catholic family.
The money collected monthly via the book directly goes to the maintenance of priests of the Parish or church. In the past Priests have requested that people re-consider the value of these “monthly” contributions and people have done so accordingly. On top of this, tills are sent on weekly masses for collection of money as well. In addition, priests also send collection lists asking for more money for the renovation of churches.
Recently, sighting the bad economic situation in our country, people have been reducing what they spend on charity (less people paying). As a result, in some incidents priests where found setting minimum values of Rs. 100/- etc per month for the familybooks revising old values, and if they can’t pay the minimum the priest would refuse it! Sometimes the Priest would collect all the familybooks to find out who has not payed etc bring on a mentality to pay. In some instances priests have gone so far as to ask people their income and set out a value based on that total, pointing at the tithing policy in the old testament.
I have read up on the stance of the church, people should not be forced or harassed about a gift (donation) they give, is the situation same across the world?