People in Michigan are apparently getting scammed by callers who claim to be members of the (fictional) “St. Mary’s Prayer Center Ministry.”
The way the scam works, at least in one recorded instance, is that if you want to receive prayers, you press a button and get transferred to a human… who asks you for “seed” money.
The Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids just sent out a warning letting people know this scam has nothing to do with them.
That’s all well and good, but reader Mike had a number of questions for everyone involved in this story, some of which I’m paraphrasing here:
1) What’s the difference between the scam call and the Catholic Church in general? Both take your money without actually answering your prayers.
2) Setting aside the ministry’s false name, why is the call a scam if it gives people hope?
3) What’s the difference between a $10 prayer and a $100 one?
4) Is the Church jealous they didn’t think of this first?
5) Who thought of this brilliant headline:
You know things are bad for the Church when they’re warning people about the Church.
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