Then there's confession in the RC church. It's supposed to make a wrongdoer own up, consider their actions and to be a better person. However, human nature being what it is, the wrongdoer goes in, confesses, takes the punishment, goes out with a clean slate and does more bad things until the next confession comes around. My wife's Filipina friends are a classic example, full of gossip about any friends or others who aren't present, often scurrilous and venomous, then they trot off to church, come out all saint-like and start spouting their crap again !!!
To make matters worse, I have seen RC churches in the Phillippines who advertise indulgences for those who wish to swap pennance for a cash penalty.
Reminds me of Robert Burns' poem "Holy Willie's Prayer" - that says it all.