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Superdude: "This is an organization (the Roman Catholic Church) that extracts 10 percent from their membership."|
No, it doesn't. Maybe it would like to, but the reality is totally different. About fifteen years ago I looked into this, since I was wondering how much I would be in for if I started to attend some church. At that time I was finding that the typical Roman Catholic family in the U.S. was giving about $700 per year to their church. A mainline Protestant family was giving about $1,200, and an evangelical family about $2,000. About 5 percent of Americans tithed then, and less than half that percentage of Roman Catholics. I am having a really hard time finding comparable statistics now, but I presume the ratios are about the same. I think a lot of Roman Catholics feel their church already has plenty of money. Our household gives to a Roman Catholic organization but we certainly don't tithe to it!
I attend a small Protestant denomination that does not have a paid clergy (we feel that we have no laity); our costs are extremely low. In fact we have no paid employees. Our church in Silicon Valley - a good sized building and grounds - has an annual budget of $54,000. I will be donating about $600 this year to the church itself and that is just fine (I also donate to other things of course in part to make up for this measly church-giving).