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 bishops have been alarmed by the number of Catholics leaving the Church.
So, threatening to slam the door on their faces is the way to keep them coming? What century is this again?
I hope this nonsense doesn’t spread to Austria, particularly after reading this part:
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.
Hmmm, what about non-Catholics, then? I do some work for the Catholic Church. I am paid for my services. However, no one has ever, ever asked me to show my RC cred (which lapsed ages ago, in fact I officially left only when they starting hitting up for the tax money.) Surely there are non-catholic doctors, nurses, administrators, cleaning staff, etc at these institutions. Will a
former defaulting member of the fold be kicked out, while the heathens can stay on?