Germany’s Roman Catholics are to be denied the right to Holy Communion or religious burial if they stop paying a special church tax.
A German bishops’ decree which has just come into force says anyone failing to pay the tax – an extra 8 per cent of their income tax bill – will no longer be considered a Catholic.
The bishops have been alarmed by the number of Catholics leaving the Church.
They say such a step should be seen as a serious act against the community.
All Germans who are officially registered as Catholics, Protestants or Jews pay a religious tax of 8-9 per cent on their annual income tax bill. The levy was introduced in the 19th Century in compensation for the nationalisation of religious property.
“If your tax bill is for 10,000 euros, then 800 euros will go on top of that and your total tax combined will be 10,800 euros,” Munich tax accountant Thomas Zitzelsberger told the BBC news website.
The Roman Catholic Church is on the edge of bankruptcy in several nations.
The reason is the thousands of court cases launched against the “Church” because of sexual abuse of children by its priest.
Fresh money must be collected to keep this religious movement afloat.
Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”
Do you want to pay the bill left by sexual perverted priests?
Jesus the Messiah speaks about both false teachers and false prophets.
You need to keep away for such persons, or became guilty of their crimes.
Written by Ivar