You decide… Forget the spiritual benefits for a moment and focus just on the financial benefits. If one person comes back to the Church because you give them a book on the way out of Church this Easter or Christmas and that book re-engages them, here are the statistics: If that person is 40 years old and lives to be 80, and puts just $10 in the basket each week, that returning Catholic will contribute $520 over the next year… and $20,800 over the rest of his/her lifetime.
One pastor questioned in his Easter bulletin column if the early Christians truly sold everything and laid the proceeds at the feet of the apostles, who then ensured that "There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the sale, and put them at the feet of the apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need. (Acts 4:34 - 35)." This same pastor (an apostle), as is the case with most pastors (apostles), allocates precisely 0% of the parish budget to care for the poor. He instead encouraged others to share with the poor. "Where has all the money gone, long time passing?" The money currently laid at apostles' feet primarily goes to fund the apostles' staff and property upkeep. And we wonder, "where have all the people gone?"
How did the male apostles' "epic fail" initially rejecting the gospel good news proclaimed to them by women turn into their supremacy in interpreting the gospels, their exclusive control on the ministry to proclaim it, and their exclusion of women from proclaiming it anymore? Perhaps the same way today's apostles doubt that their early Christian predecessors actually took money given them and used it for the poor instead of building edifices and staffs?
There seems to be a fair amount of re-writing history to preserve what the apostles hope is truth rather than seeking truth. And this is accompanied by persecution of those who commit the unpardonable sin of questioning the invented history as they seek truth. The ortho-crats prefer that those who commit the unpardonable sin of questioning invented histories leave the community. This has happened with many believers leaving the community. How sustainable is the current model?