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Here's a pretty outrageous article on the church tax of Germany. Basically the German bishops (those so merciful bishops that says the pope has “pushed the door open” to homosexuality and now no opposition—orthodoxy—can close it, and calls the Catholic Church, “our church”) deny the sacraments (all of them, confession, communion, etc., except baptism, which anyone can do, anyway) to whomever does not pay the tax, who are also forbidden to be a godparent, cannot perform functions within the church, etc.
Basically one can be in good standing with the Church and be denied the sacraments because one has opted out of the tax system. At the same time, these Germans are the most vociferous in their call for mercy, to allow communion to adulterers, homosexuals, etc.

Quote:As Cardinal Walter Kasper prepares to receive an award and give a speech at The Catholic University of America later today, some are accusing him and his episcopal colleagues of Germany of hypocrisy.

The critics point out that while Cardinal Kasper and most of his fellow German bishops have been leading the charge to allow those in “irregular” marital situations — those who are divorced and remarried — to receive Communion, they have simultaneously denied the sacraments, including even Confession, to those who opt out of paying Germany’s “church tax.”

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The bishops in Germany “are notoriously the most merciful in wishing to grant Communion to the divorced and remarried, but at the same time are the most ruthless in de facto excommunicating those who refuse to pay the church tax, which in their country is obligatory by law,” Vatican analyst Sandro Magister wrote Oct. 29 in his “Settimo Cielo” blog for Italy’s L’Espresso newspaper.

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The critics charged that the German bishops are on one hand saying that mercy demands Communion be given to those living in what Christ called adultery, while simultaneously banning those who may be living according to Church teaching, but for whatever reason choose not pay their church tax, from all the sacraments.

“In Germany the church tax (kirchensteuer) is obligatory, such that to be able to not pay it, one must declare their departure from the church to which they belong, whether Catholic or Protestant, by a public act made before a competent civil authority,” Magister explained.

Now when people opt-out of the tax system the bishops call this “a serious lapse”.

No wonder that now they are doing all they can do destroy the Church of Jesus (not their church) by accommodating to the culture.
Some time ago Rorate put a piece claiming that's all that they (German clergy) are interested in. And frankly, its hard not to see it that way.
No offense intended for any German Catholics here but here is a few thoughts:

Have you noticed in general many historical incidents have originated in Germany? This obviously involves anti-Catholicism

1)The Protestant Reformation with Martin Luther was in Germany
2)World War 2 (Nazism)
2) The scandals with Walter Kasper and the false "mercy" that originated recently

etc...

I think Hilaire Belloc has a good summary of why Germany has often been the cause of incidents, including the anti-Catholic aspects:

Quote:He (Belloc) consistently and logically argues that the reasons for these incidents are a result of collusion between the the North Germans who think their ideas and philosophy are better than everyone else and the English aristocracy who found it necessary (until WWI) to have a close philosophical and spiritual alliance with the Germans to keep down popular uprisings of Catholicism within their nation (It was really quite dead by then).

He further says that because they (the Germans, or Teutons) were so late in the game to join with the Catholic Church, that the faith had no sticking power with them and they were the first to abandon it. So, because they like to claim (falsely) that they were the first to translate the Bible into the vernacular, and that that somehow brought forth enlightenment in to the world.
The problem is, the only way to get out of paying the church tax is to make a formal, written act of apostasy and submit it to the government.  Apostates of course can't receive the sacraments, etc. until they repent and make a profession of faith.  But that profession of faith makes them subject to the tax again.

The German bishops should just get out of the whole church-tax system and take that occasion for apostasy and obstacle to conversion and repentance away from their flocks and that occasion of sin away from themselves.  Of course, that would also probably mean they couldn't be bishops of bling and might have to actually live slightly uncomfortable lives. 

And living comfortable lives does seem to be the result of their propositions, including those about "mercy": those proposed policies require nothing of a German bishop except to turn a blind eye to his flock. It requires no sacrifice on his part.  It requires no difficult conversations.  He can remain in comfort and just not deal with his flock's problems--he just can pretend the problems aren't actually problems at all and go about with his comfortable lifestyle funded by the tax all while receiving much human respect from the world. He is not going out to the peripheries to find the lost sheep, rather he is just staying put and pretending his pasture is so big that his sheep could never wander into any danger--plus, the bigger the pasture, the more the taxpayers. 
Just to add to my post above, the whole church tax thing goes against the spirit of Vatican II, which just shows the hypocrisy of those who sing its praises while maintaining the tax:

Gaudium et Spes Wrote:There are, indeed, close links between earthly things and those elements of man's condition which transcend the world. The Church herself makes use of temporal things insofar as her own mission requires it. She, for her part, does not place her trust in the privileges offered by civil authority. She will even give up the exercise of certain rights which have been legitimately acquired, if it becomes clear that their use will cast doubt on the sincerity of her witness or that new ways of life demand new methods.
It seems like everything bad in religion has either proceeded from or resided deeply in the German lands for many centuries. What a strange cultural cliché it is.

This whole church tax thing is kind of despicable to me, though it has proper historical roots. The fact that it may be connected with tithing is good. Forcing people to tithe isn't exactly going to earn them any grace or merit, however. It should always be free and voluntary. On the other hand, the church-tax seems to be going to episcopal villas and such...