Your Credit's Good With God

Boston church now accepting parishioners' plastic for collection plate
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2007 1:41 AM CDT
ISRAEL. Jerusalem. 1967. Franciscan monks celebrate Ascension Day in the Chapel of the Ascension on the Mount of Olives. (NYC30488)   (Magnum Photos)
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(Newser) – Franciscan friars have another deep question to ask their congregation: Paper or plastic? The brothers of St. Anthony's Shrine in Boston have installed a wireless kiosk allowing their flock to make contributions with credit or debit cards. The service is provided by, created by a Georgia minister and his wife in an effort to keep up with cashless times.

"We look at the plastic as an evolution of the financial system of the church," said the company's CEO. As for the Boston church, the change has been "a pretty big hit, actually," said one friar. The church commissioned the kiosk and a design featuring a smiling monk holding a basket as dollars rain down on him.