The part we all waited for was naming the pagan baby. Then we were assured that because that baby would be baptized a Catholic its soul would be able to enter heaven.
In addition, of course, we students at Catholic schools fundraised by selling religious holiday cards, subscriptions to the Newark Star Ledger, and candy, door-to-door. In our green uniforms, with cute bow tie. Frankly, I'm puzzled that we didn't wind up selling indulgences like the Pardoner in Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales."
Compared to the fundraising machine the Catholic Church had been, the Clinton Inc. one seems tame. That operation is described in the recent book "Clinton Cash: The Untold Story Of How And Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill And Hillary Rich." The author is Peter Schweizer of the Government Accountability Institute. Here you can order it from Amazon.
Schweizer piles on details about how Hillary and Bill allegedly traded their influence for the bucks. The forms that took were donations to the Clinton Foundation and stipends for delivering speeches. In a legal sense, he admits he can't prove that the process of favors granted and funds given was tranactional. Was there really a Quid Pro Quo?
No surprise, when asked to "give" today or do free writing in hope of goodies some time in the future, I just smirk.