Powerful church targets fortunes, souls of recruits - 1998-03-01
"They asked me about student loans, bank loans, and they asked me, "What's the limit on your credit cards? What's your overdraft protection?" "Covarrubias said. "They said, "There's always a way to get money." "
It is just such tactics that cause critics to call the church - founded in 1953 - a cult and a money-grabbing machine that separates thousands of ordinary church members like Covarrubias from their free will and their money.