I was looking at some nice liturgical e-bay listings, when I came upon this one:
In case the webpage expired, here are screenshots:
John Tetzel used to say, “As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, another soul from purgatory springs.” It was the first stewardship slogan. While “Donations are customary” was the official line of the church bureaucrats Tetzel made it explicit that the act of paying actually bought forgiveness. His crass words made explicit what everyone already knew. It would appear that “Donations are customary” is still how things are seen by some in the church.
Forget ‘Habemus Papem’. I’d rather Habemus me some Gospel.