The German Catholic Church has not been satisfied with just covering up a whole lot of boy buggering, now they are trying to enforce their tax on the good burghers who are dodging tax.
The road to heaven is paved with more than good intentions for Germany’s 24m Catholics. If they don’t pay their religious taxes, they will be denied sacraments, including weddings, baptisms and funerals.
A decree issued last week by the country’s bishops cast a spotlight on the longstanding practice in Germany and a handful of other European countries in which governments tax registered believers and then hand over the money to the religious institutions.
In Germany, the surcharge for Catholics, Protestants and Jews is up to 9pc on their income tax bills – or about €56 (£45) a month for a single person earning a pre-tax monthly salary of about €3,500, AP reported.
For religious institutions, struggling to maintain their congregations in a secular society where the Protestant Reformation began 500 years ago, the tax revenues are vital.