Which is worse? My mother claimed to be turned off the church because of the constant dunning for money. But, giving them money got them off one’s back. At least for a time, the imprecations would stop.
Are routine shopper/tourists in the same boat? Do they spend to be left alone? Churchmen never stop dunning. They just have to be ignored. It is not surprising that 68% of individuals who identify as Catholics now report attending church less than once a month.
To what extent is a monetary donation like sticking a pacifier in a baby’s mouth?