The Real Estate holdings and Business Enterprises of the Roman Catholic Church combined with its power to tax makes it one of the biggest, if not THE BIGGEST business and finance enterprise in the world. And though the RCC taxes its members (taxes that are collected by governments like Germany and others, possibly even in the US) yet it pays no taxes. Therefore it is not surprising that it is one of the most powerful organizations in the world that pulls the strings of nations, and possibly the whole world from behind the scenes. No one knows the total wealth of this church but is far greater than that of any single nation, including the USA, which is basically a bankrupt debt ridden corporation unlike the church that has incalculable wealth in the Vatican alone. This entirely commercial enterprise that more closely resembles Mystery, Babylon the Great than it does the Carpenter from Nazareth, pretends to be an Ecclesiastical body serving Jesus but in fact worships mammon.
Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
BERLIN – Germany's top administrative court has ruled that Catholics who opt out of paying religious taxes must automatically leave the church as well.
The court's verdict Wednesday is a victory for the Catholic Church in Germany, which receives more than euro4 billion ($5.14 billion) annually from a surcharge of up to nine percent on income tax bills of registered Catholics.
The judges at the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig ruled against retired German theologian Hartmut Zapp, who wanted to leave the church as an institution but remain a member of the Catholic community.
Germany's bishops announced last week that believers who refuse to pay the tax are committing a "grave lapse" and as a result won't be able to receive the sacrament, become godparents or have a religious funeral.
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