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Germany: local Catholics leaving Church over bishop’s spending

Catholic World News - October 17, 2013

Some Catholics in Limburg, whose bishop is under fire for overspending, are formally renouncing their Church membership, according to an Agence France-Press wire story.

20 local Catholics left the Church on October 10, 18 on October 11, and 29 on October 14.

Last year, 295 Catholics in Limburg, and 118,000 throughout Germany, left the Church.

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  • Posted by: BobJ70777069 - Oct. 17, 2013 6:09 PM ET USA

    The story should include the information that churches in Germany are supported by government taxation of their members, not by free-will donations. Most people who formally renounce membership do so primarily to reduce their taxes.

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