A Catholic Archbishop of Kampala, Uganda, has said that the central government should always deduct 10 per cent from monthly salaries of workers and forward directly to the church as tithe.
The Archbishop, Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, made the statement during Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Rubaga. He added that non-payment of tithes affects the development of churches.
According to Citizen TV, he said:
“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.
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?”
Lwanga pointed out that in Germany, citizens who are registered as Catholics, Protestants or Jews have a church tax (Kirchensteuer) where 8 to 9 per cent of their annual income is deducted. The church tax is collected by the government and channeled to the respective religious organizations.
“I was told Germans make agreements with their government to deduct monthly tithe from their salaries and forward it to the church and this money they use to build and renovate their churches,” he said.