The pews are filled but the offering boxes are not. Apparently, an increase in the number of churchgoers does not necessarily mean an increase in Mass collections.
Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz told Radio Veritas in an interview that even the Catholic Church has been feeling the effects of the worldwide economic crunch.
He said there might have been a 20-percent increase in the number of churchgoers, especially during the holiday season, but Church officials also noticed a 40-percent drop in their collections.
“The collection was not lost, but was merely reduced because the people were trying to be thrifty. But they are still trying to give even in smaller amounts,” Cruz said.