US Hindus critical of German church over tax

Last Updated: Tue, Sep 25, 2012 10:40 hrs

Nevada: A US based Hindu group has criticized the Roman Catholic Church in Germany for reported Vatican approved decree denying of religious burial, rituals, becoming godparents and other church rights to adherents for not paying a special church tax.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA), said: "Why would the German Roman Catholic Church want to deprive devotees from religion who could not (or do not want to) pay special church tax as religions primarily spoke against greed and advocated inclusion instead of exclusion. It was simply a step in the wrong direction."

Global child abuse scandal had already engulfed the Roman Catholic Church and now came this tax decree.

Roman Catholic Church needed to show some maturity as such serious allegations leveled against a large denomination/religion affected the whole religious spectrum in the world, raising distrust among believers in general and eroding faith of the faithful.

Moreover, with non-use of religiosity, there was always a danger of its diminishing, Zed argued.

Vatican should come out of its bureaucratic web and reset its priorities and undertake complete reform, Zed noted.

Pope Benedict XVI, who is of German descent, heads the Roman Catholic Church, which at about 1.2 billion adherents is the largest of the Christian denominations.

Catholics constitute about 30 percent of German population.

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