Tax for access to sacraments counterproductive


Archbishop Robert Zollitsch of Freiburg, Germany, allows Catholics to receive the sacraments only if they pay a church membership tax (CR, Oct. 4).

Over a two-year period, more than 300,000 Catholics have asked to stop paying this tax and be removed from church membership rolls, yet the archbishop states that each departure was “painful for the church” and that “the Catholic Church is committed to seeking out every lost person.”

Keep charging a tax for access to the sacraments and see how many of these lost persons you get back.


Raymond Walter Paszkiewicz

Perry Hall 

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