German Catholics must pay religious tax or leave

Sarah Coles
Cardinals in Germany
Cardinals in Germany

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If you want to observe the traditions of the Catholic faith in Germany, then you're going to have to put your money where your faith is, after Germany's bishops announced a new tough stance on the country's religious taxes.

They will withhold everything from the right to Holy Communion to a Catholic burial unless people pay an additional 8% on income tax. But why are they doing this?