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  • German bishops get tough on Catholics who opt out of church tax

    09/24/2012 1:17:52 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 132 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/21/2012 | Tom Heneghan
    PARIS (Reuters)- Germany's Roman Catholic bishops have decreed that people who opt out of a "church tax" should not be given sacraments and religious burials, getting tougher on worshippers who choose not to pay. Alarmed by a wave of dissenting Catholics quitting the faith, the bishops issued a decree on Thursday declaring such defection "a serious lapse" and listed a wide range of church activities from which they must be excluded.