Why Is Germany Collecting Taxes for the Catholic Church?

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PostThu Oct 04, 2012 9:36 am » by Dagnamski

I mean I didn't want to be prejudice or anything.


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PostThu Oct 04, 2012 11:44 pm » by Willease

German Court Backs Catholic Decree
October 4, 2012 • From theTrumpet.com

The recent court ruling is a key to recognizing the building relationship between Germany and the Catholic Church.

Germany’s chief administrative court in Leipzig backed a decree made at the German Bishops’ Conference that stated that “Catholics who stop paying a church membership tax cannot receive sacraments,” reported the Nation Catholic Reporter. Under the new decree, those who don’t pay the 8 percent church tax would lose the right for a religious burial or to receive communion. However, the decree stopped short of stating that those who didn’t pay would be excommunicated.
http://ncronline.org/news/global/german ... paying-tax

“From here on out, German Catholics either have to be full-fledged taxpaying members or they have to leave the church entirely, giving up all rights to the Catholic sacraments,” we wrote Tuesday. “This decision is significant in that it shows that the Catholic Church is asserting itself in Germany in a way it has not asserted itself in many years.”

Despite the controversy and resistance that was brought on by the decree, the court announced that “in Germany it was ‘not possible’ to stop paying church tax and remain a member of the Catholic Church.” The court stressed that it had an obligation to tax church members, but it was the church that decided what to do with those who would not pay.
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/ ... z27kVKSMTI

Catholic officials have become increasingly concerned with the number of people who skip out on the tax but continue to call themselves Catholic. “There must be consequences for people who distance themselves from the church by a public act,” said Archbishop Robert Zollitsch of Freiburg, the conference president. “We are grateful Rome has given completely clear approval to our stance.” The Catholic Church has seen a decreased number of followers in the past few years, many of whom no longer wish to pay the required tax. With this ultimatum, however, the church has made a clear delineation between members and non-members. “One cannot be half a member or only partly a member. Either one belongs and commits, or one renounces this,” Zollitsch said.

Continue to watch for ties between Rome and Berlin to strengthen as the Catholic Church becomes increasingly “committed to seeking out every lost person,” as Zollitsch said. To understand where this integration is leading, read “The Old Rome-Berlin Axis Is Back.”
https://www.thetrumpet.com/article/9438 ... is-is-back


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