On one hand, I have noticed that every single monastic I have met handles money.
On the other hand, about 1/2 of these monastics are Mahayana rather than Theravada, and are ordained in a school that doesn't appear (so far as I can ascertain) to have any prohibition on it anyway.
So, in one tradition I have found monks who take on a precept (or vow, if you will) to abstain from bartering and the use of whatever is a medium for business but appear to disregard it almost entirely and in the other the precept is not taken at all; they just dispense with the rule entirely.
Sometimes I'm okay with what I have observed... although I do not give money directly to them, I can still support them indirectly (by donating to the temple). Other times, I feel like it is such a contradiction to live the Buddhist monastic life while still handling money that I choose to not give at all...
And at other times, I think to myself "at least the Mahayana monks don't pretend like they aren't handling money."
I don't much like "hearing" myself think such snide remarks; I really don't like being overly critical. I mean... who am I to find fault with anyone in the first place?
How do you reconcile this sort of thing with your understanding of Dhamma and Vinaya? Am I wrong to be a little troubled? I almost think that if I ever stumbled across, in-person, a Dhamma teacher from any tradition that honestly seemed to keep the first ten precepts (dasa-sila) , I would follow him (or her) around the world if so asked.
Sorry for the jumble of thoughts... Please be well.