In this matter I am not conspiratorial, and, quite frankly, I have learned to hold my nose at some of the money mechanics of the local church. Not so much about the way that it is spent, though from time to time I have an issue there. For me it is more about the desire for money, the signals that some send they are able to meet that desire and the consequent disabling of the church in its moral and social leadership.
The heroes in these kinds of stories are few. This is just a very hard area for a serious heavy hitter to step up to the plate and hit the curve balls being thrown.
In the Book Acts the first challenges to the revival brought by the Holy Spirit are money challenges – taking care of the widows and orphans of different ethnicities fairly, the cabal of Annanias and Sapphira to lie to the Holy Spirit and the church by a seeming generosity and the attempt of Simon Magus to buy the Holy Spirit.
Simply put, in most churches the richer have their way. Church leadership wants to be richer and richer church people can make them richer. A volatile combination. Satan has plenty of wiggle room on this one. And since the handling of money has concentric rings of privacy drawn around it, the guy in the pew has little direct access for the purposes of accountability.
But, of course, this is the RC church and the scale of economy is huge. I will be taking a look. Thought you might be interested.