An article in the London Times, titled “Church Sounds Death Knell for ‘Ash Cash’“, details changes made to the clergy honorarium policies of the Church of England.

In short, the church will now require that all payments for funerals be made directly to the diocese, with stipends going out to the ministers based upon the number of funerals they provide.

The Church already sets the amount to charge for each clerical activity (wedding, funeral, baptism, etc) and requires the clergy to carry the payment to the church.

But it seems that they’re now concerned that not all the money is making it to the collection plate.