BERLIN (AP) — The road to heaven is paved with more than good
intentions for Germany's 24 million Catholics. If they don't pay their
religious taxes, they will be denied sacraments, including weddings,
baptisms and funerals.
A decree issued last week by the country's bishops cast a spotlight
on the longstanding practice in Germany and a handful of other European
countries in which governments tax registered believers and then hand
over the money to the religious institutions.
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