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Catholic church to excommunicate believers who refuse to pay Germany’s church tax

Posted by doctore0 on September 21, 2012

Church tax = Tax on stupidity

Pay the stupidity tax or burn.. Je$u$ loves you Ugga Bugga Amen Hellelujah

CATHOLIC BISHOPS in Germany have announced plans to effectively excommunicate believers who refuse to pay the country’s controversial church tax.

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

One Response to “Catholic church to excommunicate believers who refuse to pay Germany’s church tax”

  1. doctore0 said

    Millions for the bishops: Why the German state pays the wages for the church
    How did Germany become the cash cow of the Vatican? An English transcript of the lively Spiegel video from 7 June 2010 reveals this unknown story. A few weeks after it came out, German politicians broke a taboo and began to publicly question their 200-year-old tradition of taxing everyone for the salaries of clerics at a cost of €460 milllion every year. (This is in addition to the “church tax” for members.)
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