On 29 June, or the Sunday closest to it, a voluntary collection is
taken called "Peterspence" (also written as "Peter's Pence").
Peterspence, along with investments, once constituted the Vatican's
sole source of income aside from the gifts of benefactors and voluntary
Originally, Peterspence was a medieval tax of one penny placed by
English Kings on householders who had a certain amount of land. The
practice spread throughout Christendom, but didn't survive the
"Reformation." When Pope Pius IX, though, was driven from Rome and
exiled after the Papal States were stolen by agents of the Masonic
"Risorgimento," the practice was brought back, so that now Catholics
voluntarily give in order to support the works of the Church.
Because of the rather horrific state of the human element of the Church
Militant and what her authorities often waste their money on these
traditional Catholics give their Peterspence money only to specifically
traditionalist priestly fraternities and seminaries, traditionalist
religious orders, traditionalist apostolates, etc.
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