Sydney’s St Mary’s Cathedral calls it a necessary step into the 21st century, but not everyone thinks the introduction of credit card compatible collection plates is a righteous move.
As of last weekend, parishioners can now tap-and-go a flat $10 donation when the collection plate is passed around at the cathedral’s public services.
St Mary’s Cathedral precinct general manager Helen Morassut, says it’s a trial of a system already in place at St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral in Melbourne and a response to being “continually asked for alternative ways to donate”.
Despite the apparent demand for the plates, the response on the cathedral’s Facebook page was so overwhelmingly negative, the post was removed.
The cathedral followed up its removed post with another thanking “the people who took the time to make rational and coherent comments on their recent post about the new collection plates”.