I understand that the proposed method might make the cost more manageable for some members, but I don't like the idea that people are paying more for something in the end. The current payment plan costs me $50.00 after six months; the proposed plan will cost me $54.00 after the same six months.
I think if people were to take $8.99 a month and put it aside, they can pay for the six month plan in a single payment and then keep the $4.00 that they didn't give to Catholic Match.
I do understand how complicated you're support challenge is, I have worked over 25 years in computing, at times doing literally EVERYTHING as I was sole support for isolated infrastructures serving very sensitive data and operations. That said, and having read about your support team - you do an excellent job with this site. I have even considered offering to assist, but it is a few years now that I've been away from web/browser based development (both with Java and ASP/.Net environs), and my recent career shift has removed me from that realm excepting some database and security activity and support.
While I do dislike the 'easy monthly payments' schemes which are typical a marketing ploy that treats potential customers as fools - I did not mean to accuse THIS proposal as being such.
I am one who carefully plans expenditures, and enjoys having several months go by with a zero balance on my credit card. So having a 'bulk' payment option is much more attractive to me. I understand your commendable intent to offer something more palatable to those members with financial challenges, and I do hope you are able to find a reasonable way to offer both options. Godspeed, and Thank You for allowing the members to chime in on your deliberations.