decrees German Catholic Church
Sounds like a bargain to me:
Germany has had a system in place since the 19th century of asking residents to either officially declare their religion and pay a church tax, or to be classed as "non-religious".
Why does the individual have to pay a church tax but the church itself are not taxed? (I’m presuming Germany has the same religious tax breaks most of the world’s countries have)
Germany's Roman Catholics who refuse to pay a church tax will be barred from receiving the sacraments or becoming a godparent, under controversial new restrictions entering into force on Monday.
In a move decried by a progressive Catholic group, the German bishops’ conference last week issued a decree, saying it was “worried” about the Catholic Church’s dwindling numbers and wanted to stem the decline.
Confession, Holy Communion, confirmation in the Church or anointing of the sick – unless the patient’s life is in danger – are now out of bounds for anyone who leaves the Church, the decree which took effect Monday stated.
Becoming a godparent is also off-limits, it said.
So the catholic church in all its wisdom decides to force the tax on the already dwindling flock? Sounds like a really, REALLY good plan amidst the raging European/US financial crises.
I do wonder whether they still need to give Sunday alms and the regular 10% as well?
About 70% of church revenues come from church tax. This is about €9.2 billion (in 2010).