The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington DC accepts crypto contributions

Engiven’s website for the archdiocese contains the opportunity to pay cash anonymously using a variety of coins, ranging from Ether to ZRX.

To expand its activities, the Roman Catholic Church’s Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., will begin taking bitcoin payments.

Cryptocurrency platform Engiven said on Tuesday that it would allow payments to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., for philanthropic events and to expand the church’s “digital stewardship projects.” According to the archdiocese’s website, the cash will be used to directly assist 139 parishes in the Washington, D.C. region and local activities, such as feeding the hungry.

Joseph Gillmer, executive director of development for the archdiocese, said, “The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. aspires to harness technology to engage parishioners in new and innovative ways, making it simpler for the faithful to serve the mission of the Church.”

Engiven’s website for the archdiocese included the ability to submit anonymous gifts in various cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin (BTC) and 0x’s ZRX. According to the platform, individual parishes get one hundred percent of the contributions’ net revenues.

In November, Cointelegraph revealed that Engiven had handled crypto contributions for more than 400 faith-based groups, including processing a $10 million BTC payment. James Lawrence, the company’s founder, said that “no faith-based institution, church, or non-profit can afford to ignore its internet audience, contributors, and seekers” due to the incorporation of cryptocurrencies into this ecosystem.

The Russian Orthodox Church said in February 2021 that it has no plans to accept cryptocurrency contributions or to develop its digital currency. However, several dioceses of the Roman Catholic Church seem to be receptive to the use of modern technologies. At the time, a spokeswoman encouraged church members to donate funds by telephone rather than cryptocurrency. Since then, Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved a measure forbidding the use of digital financial assets as a form of payment in the nation.

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