Catholic Church in Germany Imposes Tax or Excommunication
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ ,
It seems as if giving charity is not good enough for the religion of Paul, apparently you also have to give 8% of your yearly income to the German Catholic Church for your sins to be forgiven. That doesn’t spell good news for the struggling Church, according to the BBC News, the German Catholic Church has voted to excommunicate members if they don’t pay up. So it’s either you give us your money or as it turns out, you won’t get saved!
A German bishops’ decree which has just come into force says anyone failing to pay the tax – an extra 8% of their income tax bill – will no longer be considered a Catholic.
The Church itself has been struggling to survive, essentially facing a mass exodus of believers from Christianity into other ideologies such as Islam, atheism and agnosticism:
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 German priests. Alarmed by their declining congregations, the bishops were also pushed into action by a case involving a retired professor of church law, Hartmut Zapp, who announced in 2007 that he would no longer pay the tax but intended to remain within the Catholic faith.
As it turns out, the Vatican also supports the mafia like tactics:
“This decree makes clear that one cannot partly leave the Church,” Germany’s bishops’ conference said last week, in a decision endorsed by the Vatican.
The situation is much more dire than it seems, what exactly not paying the religious tax means, is muddled, but borders along excommunication, refusal to be buried under religious rites and more:
Unless they pay the religious tax, Catholics will no longer be allowed receive sacraments, except before death, or work in the church and its schools or hospitals. 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,” Christian Weisner from the grassroots Catholic campaign group We are Church told the BBC. 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.
Our prayers go out to the Christians of Germany and we hope that they are guided to the truth of Islam, Ameen.
wa Allaahu Alam,
and Allaah knows best.