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Being a Catholic in Germany!

posted 27 May 2020, 08:48 by Dave Boott
I read in the Catholic Herald this week the headline "Record numbers leave Church in Munich archdiocese [in 2019]" and I wondered how they knew, and could be so sure. It turns out the 'system' in Germany is much different to here, as the later paragraph in the article makes clear:

"The [Catholic] Church in Germany is largely funded through a tax collected by the government. If an individual is registered as a Catholic then 8-9% of their income tax goes to the Church. The only way they can stop paying the tax is to make an official declaration renouncing their membership of the Church. They are then no longer allowed to receive the sacraments or a Catholic burial."

I'm not sure what to think of the differences between our two countries!