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ROMAN Catholics in Germany who decline to pay the country's church tax will be denied communion, confession and a religious burial under moves signed by the Pope that, in effect, excommunicate them.
The decree, issued yesterday by Germany's bishops and approved by Benedict XVI, seeks to end a long-running dispute over the implications for Germany's 24.6 million Catholics of opting out from a church tax.
Martin Luther and his 95 Theses
A German monk by the name of Martin Luther was particularly bothered by the selling of indulgences. An indulgence, a religious pardon that released a sinner from performing specific penalties, could be bought from a church official for various fees. Martin Luther was especially troubled because some church officials gave people the impression that they could buy their way into heaven. To express his growing concern of church corruption, Martin Luther wrote his famous 95 Theses, which called for a full reform of the Christian Church. In it, he stressed the following points:
- People could only win salvation by faith in God's forgiveness. The Church taught that faith, along with good works was needed for salvation.
- The Pope is a false authority. The bible was the one true authority.
- All people with faith in Christ were equal. People did not need priest and bishops to interpret the bible for them. They could read it themselves and make up their own minds.
Originally posted by Tardacus
That`s mighty christian like of the pope, didn`t jesus himself once say " thou must payeth to prayeth"? or not.
This is just more proof that catholics aren`t christians it`s just another cult masquerading as christians to attract new members.
Originally posted by JohnPhoenix
Catholicism has Nothing to do with real Christianity
there are tons of biblical and historical evidence to prove you guys
Originally posted by christina-66
reply to post by charles1952
Yes...the 'church tax' is taken from every German of whatever religion to support it's running costs. However, it is supposed to be voluntary. Here in the UK, at my local church (not catholic) we make a donation at the service....if we choose not to donate the minister won't bar us from services/refuse to marry us/ or bury us.
Around 180,000 Germans a year are 'leaving' the Catholic Church and, according to the news articles, this is as a direct consequence of child abuse by priests. I feel sorry for these German Catholics.....starving the German Church of funds seems like a legitimate response to force it to get it's house in order. Instead the Catholic Church denies them the core practices of their faith (which seems to be rather cruel to me) when what the people really want is justice for their children and a change in management.
Anyway....what about all of the 'Render unto Caesar' stuff Jesus mentions in the Bible.
Originally posted by KaiserSoze
reply to post by JohnPhoenix
I'm not Catholic so don't take this as a confrontational type of question but, what would you consider a "true Christian religion"?