FTA: Membership in the Catholic and Protestant Churches of Germany are falling and the trend tends to continue.
Germany's Catholic Church lost 216,078 members and Protestant churches lost some 220,000 in 2018, according to data published on Friday by the German Bishops' Conference and the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD).
The losses have hit hard the two main Churches of the country, as members pay up to 9% of their taxable income as church taxes.
The bloody churches couldn't be happier. Falling numbers, people to cater for while the income is on the rise. Double whammy. Priest get more nap time.
Despite sinking membership numbers , not even to mention attendance numbers of various religious services, the two principal German churches, catholic and protestant Lutheran, broke their income records with a staggering 12,4 billion Euro: 6,64 billion Euro went to the catholic church and the remaining 5,79 billion Euro flooded the coffers of the evangelical competitor. This was an increase of 3,3 % for the catholic outfit and 2.1% for the Lutheran mob compared to the previous year.
This increase in the result of higher incomes of the remaining members.
BTW the Kirchensteuer (church tax) is not the only source of income for these mega corporations.
Below a photo of the 285 m2 residence of a bishop that cost 6,000,000 Euro.
I remember I read an article by a Christian scientist (I don’t remember her name, but I could probably find it if anyone was interested) who pointed out the fact that older, more established scientists show significantly less religiosity than their younger, newer counterparts. She claimed that there are studies that show that this is more likely to be due to the younger generation being more religious than the older rather than a career in science diminishing the idea of god. She didn’t cite said studies (to be fair she was promoting a book) and all of the ones I’ve found show the younger generation being less religious than their older counterparts with this merely being one more example.
Germany never had 200k Catholics. Martin Luther did a good job convincing me. They are too rational and scientific to be cadavers which is why the Church is loosing lots and lots and its been begging for years to come back but the show has played out and its time for them to come out of the closet and into the sunshine with the rest of us.