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Italian PM calls for taxation of some Church properties

Catholic World News - February 17, 2012

As the Italian government undertakes economic austerity measures, Prime Minister Mario Monti called for the taxation of Church properties used for commercial purposes.

Under the prime minister’s proposal, the commercial portions of mixed-use properties--for example, hotels run by nuns--would be subject to property taxes, while the non-commercial portions would not. The government would have the authority to determine which portions of properties in question are commercial.

“We are waiting to see the exact formulation of the text in order to provide a detailed judgment,” the Italian episcopal conference stated in response.

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  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Feb. 17, 2012 9:39 AM ET USA

    Should any government anywhere start taxing Church property not only will it set a dangerous precedent it will never be reversed. Once the Feds are in your back pocket they will never get out.

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