"Given the great disparity between what is marketed and what the vast majority of the collection is actually used for, Vatican officials have a great deal of explaining to do. People understand that administrative costs are necessary to running churches and charitable organizations. The popular charity accountability outfit known as Charity Navigator sees a charity with administrative costs up 15% of its revenue as acceptable. With 90% of its collections used for administrative costs, however, Peter’s Pence falls far short of this ideal.
News like this undoubtedly discourages giving towards charitable causes. It may cause others to swear off giving at all. We must be diligent in who we give to and hold those organizations accountable. This is especially true of our churches, whose actions serve to either exalt or diminish the name of our Savior in popular culture."