The German Catholic Bishops Conference issued a decree in September warning that those Germans who opted out of paying the country’s “church tax” would no longer be entitled to sacraments, religious burial or any part of parish life.
This “church tax” is a special tax collected in Germany and several other Western European nations that was introduced in the 19th century in compensation for the nationalization of religious property. All Germans who officially register as Catholics, Protestants or Jews on their tax documentation must pay a religious tax of 8 to 9 percent on their annual income tax bill.
This decision is significant in that it shows that the Catholic Church is asserting itself in Germany in a way it has not asserted itself in many years. What may be even more significant, however, is the spotlight that this decision casts on the fact that the German state actually collects “tithes” for the major religious institutions that operate within the Fatherland.
Long-time readers of the Trumpet will know that the Bible is full of passages foretelling of a time when Germany (Assyria) and the Vatican (Mystery Babylon the Great) will join forces to form one last revival of the Holy Roman Empire. How easy would it be for Berlin to forcibly tax all Germans and turn over their money to Rome, when it is already involved in tithe collection for state-recognized religions?
Full article: Why Is Germany Collecting Taxes for the Catholic Church? (The Trumpet)