Taxing Religious Belief: German Catholics Must Pay*
Leave it to the global corporation known as the Catholic Church to find niches in how to make money… and lots of it.
It has been ruled by the court in Germany that if ANY CATHOLIC PERSON IN GERMANY WANTS TO STAY IN THE CHURCH, THEY MUST PAY NOT ONLY A MEMBERSHIP, BUT ALSO A MEMBERSHIP TAX!
This had been challenged by a retired law professor who said he wanted to remain a Catholic but not pay the tax.
But yes, yes, you read it correctly. Last week, a new and absurd bishops’ decree warned that anyone not paying the tax would be denied the right to religious rites. The Catholic church levy in Germany was introduced in 1803 in compensation for the nationalization of religious property.
In 2011, the Catholic Church received 5bn Euros and the Protestant Church 4.5bn Euros from taxpayers, each adding up to the bulk of the churches’ income, the BBC’s Berlin correspondent Stephen Evans said.
5 Billion Euros in 2011 alone. Yes, billions. We ask: Is this not the very same global corporation claiming to be ‘bankrupt’ in many archdiocese being sued by victims of sexual abuse around the world? Hmmmmmm….
He added that this arrangement, whereby the state collects taxes on behalf of religious groups and then reimburses them, was unusual in Western secular societies.
Hartmut Zapp, a retired professor of Catholic church law, filed a legal challenge in 2007, arguing that under Catholic doctrine, Church membership was determined by a person’s beliefs and not by a financial relationship. The Freiburg University academic said he wanted to continue praying and receiving Holy Communion without paying the religious levy.
Judges at the Leipzig Federal Administrative Court, however, disagreed with Prof Zapp and ruled that there could not be partial Church membership. Their verdict follows a new bishops’ decree issued last week, according to which anyone failing to pay the tax will no longer have the right to Holy Communion and religious burial. This comes as no surprise however, since it is written in the prophesies that the Kings of this world (Presidents and their governments) fornicate with the Great Harlot (The Vatican) and she has them so drunk with her wine (wrath!) that they cover up her crimes for money and power.
But this ridiculousness does not end there.
Already alarmed by declining congregation numbers, the bishops were also pushed into action by Mr Zapp’s legal challenge. They have dared to state that any refusal to pay Catholic Church tax should be seen as a serious act against the community.
What should be considered A SERIOUS ACT AGAINST NOT ONLY THE COMMUNITY BUT HUMANITY AS A WHOLE IS THE MORE THAN 10 MILLION CRIMES COMMITTED BY THIS EVIL ORGANIZATION: http://www.jh.to/organizedcrime!
Catholics make up around 30% of Germany’s population but the number of congregants leaving the church swelled to 181,000 in 2010, with the increase blamed on revelations of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Germany.
“This decree makes clear that one cannot partly leave the Catholic Church,” Germany’s bishops’ conference said last week, in a decision endorsed by the Vatican.
Unless they pay the religious tax, Catholics will no longer be allowed to receive sacraments, except before death, or work in the Catholic church and its schools or hospitals!
But wait. It gets better. Without a “sign of repentance before death, a religious burial can be refused”, the decree states. Opting out of the tax would also bar people from acting as godparents to Catholic children.
“This decree at this moment of time is really the wrong signal by the German bishops who know that the Catholic church is in a deep crisis,” said Christian Weisner from the grassroots Catholic campaign group We Are Church.
But a priest from Mannheim in south-western Germany came quickly to defend as expected, he is Father Lukas Glocker, who dared to say “the tax was used to do essential good works”. Good works how and where? The “good works” done in Catholic orphanages around the world were thousands of children have been abused? Or the “good works” done in the Catholic Hospitals where the babies were stolen by nuns in Spain to sell them into adoption? Or the “good works” done in Catholic mother-baby homes in Australia where the Catholic nuns also stole newborns, lied to their mothers and told them they were dead, so that the babies could be sold into adoptions? Hmmmm….those “good works”?
“With kindergarten (aka. access to more children!), with homes for elderly or unemployed, we’ve got really good things so I know we need the tax to help the German country to do good things.”
While the decree severely limits active participation in the German Catholic Church, it does hold out some hope for anyone considering a return to the fold.
Until now, any German Catholic who stopped payment faced eventual excommunication. Although the measures laid out in the decree are similar to excommunication from the church, German observers say the word is carefully avoided in the decree.