Catholic church to excommunicate believers who refuse to pay Germany’s church tax
Posted by Mr DoctorE on September 21, 2012
Church tax = Tax on stupidity
The “general decree”, effective from September 24th, excludes non-payers from Communion, Confirmation and Confession or belonging to a Catholic congregation. Catholic funerals will also not be possible “if the person who has left the church has not shown any sign of remorse before death”.
The church says non-payment violates an obligation on its members to make a “financial contribution that allows the church to fulfil its role”.
Germany’s church tax has its origins as compensation for church property seized by state authorities in the early 19th century. Two centuries on, the tax, calculated as up to 8 per cent of income tax, raises approximately €5 billion annually for the Catholic Church; the Lutheran church receives €4 billion. It is collected by the state tax authorities and forwarded on to churches for a handling fee