Double Standards and the Hypocrisy of Our Leadership

( / KNA) The philosopher Robert Spaemann has criticized the church tax. “It is scandalous in our church tax, that he who pays no more church tax, is excommunicated,” the Catholic said this for the newspaper “Die Welt” (Friday). “You can deny the resurrection of Jesus, but then you are not suspended as a priest. Yet when it comes to money, it gets serious. This coupling of church membership and church tax must fall. “[How about suspending heretical priests, instead?] (Source)

This was basically the same thing that Squeaker was saying in his post the other day.

When it comes to the money, it’s like a return of the Middle Ages and they bring out the Rack and Torquemada.

But when it comes to the basics of Christian doctrine?   No worries, man.  We’re going pastoral on that one!

Squeaker was right.  It’s about human respect and human laws.  The bishops fear man rather than God.  That basically sums it up.

3 thoughts on “Double Standards and the Hypocrisy of Our Leadership

  1. Are we talking about Germany? They are not excommunicated because they don’t pay the tax, they are excommunicated because in order to avoid paying the tax they publicly declare they are not Catholic. Unlike the martyrs, who chose death rather than deny the Church, they are willing to publicly renounce the Church to avoid spending money. Why would people who publicly declare that they are not members of the Catholic Church then expect the Church to provide them with sacraments?

  2. Hi Suzanne,
    Thanks for the comment. You’re absolutely right that somebody who has renounced the Faith should not be receiving the sacraments.

    However, the point being made here is that German Catholics are obliged to pledge financial allegiance to the Church but not spiritual allegiance. You have to pay your financial dues, regardless of your financial situation or moral objections (eg you couldn’t boycott in the event of a D&P-type scandal) but you don’t have to assent to the Church’s teaching, or at least there are no penalties for failing to do so. If you don’t pay the tax, I’m sure they come and get you quickly, but if you dissent from teaching, it’s all good.

  3. It’s sad that those who dissent from the teachings of the Church are not disciplined but I think to mix the two is wrong.

    My understanding is that the church tax is paid in the same way we pay our income tax. At tax time, where our provincial income tax is a percentage of our federal income tax, their church tax is a percentage of their income tax. In the same way as those of us who pay little or no federal tax pay little or no provincial tax, the Germans who pay little or no income tax pay little or no church tax. They can boycott by not dropping anything in the collection plate, into which they are still expected to drop their coin when they attend Mass.

    I personally wish there was such a system here. It would at least force those hatch, match & dispatch Catholics, who don’t regularly set foot in church and don’t contribute a penny to the upkeep of the parish but want everything the Church has to offer and more when it comes to marriages and funerals, to cough up a bit to alleviate the burden of those who regularly contribute.

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