What’s the Church in Kasper’s Germany like?

Some surprises, at least to me:

  • The Catholic Church is Germany’s second-largest employer with 690,000 employees. (That’s 7 times the size of Mercedes Benz, folks.) Bishops take home between $10,000 and $15,000 per MONTH, and they don’t pay for their residence, their cars or their upkeep
  • German churches are mostly empty… In the villages, people over 70 straggle in to the Sunday Masses celebrated by Indian and Polish priests and the few remaining German clerics. In the cities, the only Catholic churches with substantial congregations celebrate the Latin Mass or Mass in Polish for immigrant workers. All the ‘normal’ German Catholics, it seems, have better things to do than go to Mass.
  • I recently asked a class of German college-bound high school students who St Boniface was. (Boniface was the ‘Saint Patrick’ of Germany.) They had no idea.
  • the party line is that many millions of Germans are just yearning to come to Mass, but they won’t because they are divorced and remarried, and cannot receive Communion…
    I asked the Germans if this could possibly be the case.
    The dozen or so German priests I consulted all said that the question almost never arises.
  • the richest Church in the world

All of the above selected quotes are from:
The Rome Synod on the Family
What The Germans Want and Why

by Beverly De Soto
Editor, Regina Magazine




So where does all the money come from? Another article at that same German Catholic magazine site says:

  • In Germany, Catholics are leaving the Church in droves, as an average of 140,000 formally abandon the Faith annually.* This is easy to track, because numbers are publicly reported in a system where Germans pay 8-9% of their income tax to receive the Sacraments. The church tax is administered by the State on behalf of the Church through a payroll deduction, for a lucrative 2-3% processing fee…those who have declared to a government registry office that they are no longer members of the Catholic Church will no longer be able to actively participate in Church life nor receive the Sacraments.
  • In 2013, the German Catholic Church collected a whopping 5.2 billion euro in church tax, in addition to 100-200 million euros per year in State subsidies
  • The Catholic Church provides many social services for the elderly, infirm, and youth
  • [their bishops conference owned] a lucrative pornographic book publishing company that carried some 2,500 titles, Weltbild also sold books promoting satanism, the occult, esotericism, and anti-Christian atheist propaganda.

German Catholic Church, Inc.
By Harry Stevens

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2 comments on “What’s the Church in Kasper’s Germany like?

  1. Money talks and dogma walks. No wonder lover boy wanted to stay.

    You get appointed bishop early enough and with no personal upkeep to pay for, by the time you’re ready to retire, with a little prudent investing, you’ve got yourself at least a couple of million buckeroos (or Mark-eroos, if you prefer) sitting in your portfolio.

    And Frau Chancellor’s ever efficient tax men do all the collection work for you.

    No begging homilies. No bothersome overseers. No hassles whatsoever.

    Sure beats workin’ for a living.

    Wonder what Bergy’s smiley sock puppet’s got squirreled away in his Tel Aviv brokerage account?

  2. Ooops, my bad. Lover boy Conry is Irish (although theologically it makes no difference, anyway.)

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