BISHOP LEMMENS of Roermond. Holland, has ordered a public opinion poll in his diocese on the question of continuing collections during services.
A movement has been growing in the Netherlands to replace collections during services with some other method.
In some places parish councils—in which laymen. with their priests, would decide how to run parish finances have been suggested.
In Amsterdam Fr. H. J. A. Hoopman received the approval of the Vicar General to follow an old Christian custom. his parishioners bring their offerings to the altar. Fr. Hoopman says that the contributions have become bigger since this practice was started.
Families in another parish place their contributions in a box In the porch or at the altar during Mass.
The Bishop of Roermond suggests two alternatives—the introduction of a church tax or the retention of seat rents and offerings for Nuptial and Requiem Masses.
Some parishes in Holland have as many as six collections during Sunday Mass and a man at the door collecting seat rents. It is to avoid such " distractions" that different methods of collection have been suggested.