|Posted on February 8, 2015 at 6:15 AM|
Maybe there are only "lively Catholic parishes" in Europe because the Church over here - especially the Church in Germany! - is so unbelievably rich she can still afford to pay pastoral workers? It is aburd that even though the number of people that leave the Church is increasing dramatically, the Catholic Church in Germany still has increasing income through the taxation system we have over here. This is very unhealthy and hinders the Church of real and substantial change. As long as there is no need for her to do that because she gets richer and richer, why should she even think about steps to take to go back to what she once was called for - fulfilling the Great Commandment and the Great Commission, like all the rest of us Christians? Yes, the Church is getting smaller as to her members - and this is a good thing. We here in Germany should also abolish that taxation system that allows her to automatically tax working Catholics through the State and take their money right from their pay checks. The secularisation of the 1800s is over. Wake up. All those huge red tape institutions like the ordinariates need to go or at least shrink to their absolute necessary sizes. This is the only way the Church will become the living body of Christ again. Everything else just helps making things worse. If you read "Father Elijah" by Michael O'Brien you know what I am talking about.