Church Tax: Vatican “Pay To Pray” angers Catholics in Germany
“Alarmed by their declining congregations, Catholics in Germany who refuse to pay a church tax will be refused Holy Communion or anointing of the sick — unless in danger — Germany’s Catholic bishops have decreed. The German bishops’ conference issued a decree on Friday, saying it was “worried” about the Catholic Church’s dwindling numbers and wanted to stem the decline, Deutsche Welle reported. Roughly one-third of Germany’s 82 million citizens are registered as Catholic. In place since the 19th century, Catholics pay an extra sum — eight or nine per cent of the income tax they owe — as church taxes. The same tax applies to Protestants and Jews, The Washington Post said…”
they legally collect taxes for the church..well there ya go..i guess if you dont pay you dont get to play..but thats not what jesus taught eh?