“TAP AND PRAY” – is about to be rolled out across Catholic churches in Ireland and the UK as the church faces dwindling numbers of attendees and collections in modern Covid era.
Many people who already come to church claim they are no longer cash carriers when it comes to collection times.
Now, Father, has come up with an answer to the tight assed and will explain to them that they can simply tap their card or phone against the new clever money hoovers.
In one sense this was always going to happen. We are fast reaching the cashless age in all other walks of lives.
I don’t carry much cash and I hardly ever write a cheque these days.
I pay my bills either by direct debit or by instant bank transfer.
So, I suppose the church(s) must go along with the age too.
It also does away with committees having to count cash on Monday morning and then carry bags of coins to the bank in canvas bags.
When I was a curate in St Peter’s Cathedral Belfast – 1978 to 1983 – the five priests were obliged all Monday morning counting the cash!
Lay people could not be trusted!
FUTURE CHURCH TECHNOLOGY?
A US priest suggested a few years ago to me that with the shortage of priests etc, there might come a time with giving out Holy Communion might be handled by technology.
He suggested that those entitled to Holy Communion would be given a credit card like card which when inserted into a machine in a church would deliver one segment of the consecrated host in a totally sanitized little package?
There have been cases in the USA, where else, where a priest on holidays left out a container of consecrated hists with the sign: PRIEST ON HOLIDAYS. HELP YOURSELF.
There is indeed a case for tech solutions for church finances.
But I dont think we could ever see machines handling the sacred?