Sometimes when odd or complex news stories regarding the Church come around I pretty much wait for Jimmy Akin to weigh in on the subject. One of those stories grabbing headlines in the last week regarded denial of the sacraments for Catholics in Germany who did not pay the tax.
Jimmy with the information at hand so far does weigh in and provides the background of this seemingly odd story.
As he mentions “You have people denying the faith before Caesar so that they can have more take-home pay. That’s a problem.” Certainly anything the German bishops decided in responding to this was going to be a PR difficulty in how it would be spun. But in contrast having people deny their faith is a much more serious problem than something minor such as how any response was going to be perceived. Really the underlying situation in Germany regarding this tax is what should be addressed.
What I am curious about is exactly how they would enforce this in the first place?