“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…”.* Ana Kasaprian and Cenk Uygur break it down on The Young Turks.
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