What seems to be a not so compulsory religious obligation to most Christians around the world would probably become compulsory to Ugandans, as Kampala Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has urged the central government to deduct 10% from worker’s monthly salary and forward to the church.
He explained that because of the inability of people in paying their tithes, church projects are affected.
According to him, whenever Christians were asked to pay their tithes, they only gave what they had at that time instead of a tenth fraction of earned salary.
The Archbishop alluding to the bible stated that a tenth of whatever one earned belonged to the church.
“Whenever we ask for tithe, everyone gives only what they have at that time. But the Bible says a tenth of whatever you earn belongs to the church,” said Archbishop Lwanga.
Speaking during a mass at the Saint Mary’s Cathedral Rubaga, the Archbishop called on the congregants to support his proposal, since it was for the good of all.
“Give me your support as I front this proposal because it is good for us. Aren’t you tired of putting money in the baskets all the time?”
Archbishop Lwanga expressed the hope that Uganda would go the Germany route where Germans who are registered as Catholics, Protestants or Jews have a church tax (Kirchensteuer) of 8-9 percent deducted from their annual income.
He explained the church tax was collected by the government and later channeled to the respective faiths were used to build and renovate the churches.
The Kirchensteuer system has been in place since the 19th Century and is rooted in pre-Christian Germanic custom.
Those who do not want to pay the tax had the liberty to leave the church by making an official declaration stating they are leaving the faith and not to ever take part in any church activities
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