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Survey Finds 30% of German Catholics Are Considering Leaving Church
The survey follows the release of official figures last month which showed that a record number of Catholics formally left the Church in Germany in 2019.
Catholic News Agency

BERLIN, Germany — A survey released Thursday found that 30% of German Catholics are considering leaving the Church.

The poll, conducted by the research institute INSA Consulere for the Catholic weekly newspaper Die Tagespost, reported that almost a third of respondents agreed with the statement “I am a member of the Church and can imagine leaving the Church soon.”
Researchers said July 9 that 54% of Catholics disagreed with the statement, 9% said they did not know, and 7% did not offer a response, CNA Deutsch, CNA's German-language news partner, reported.

The survey follows the release of official figures last month which showed that a record number of Catholics formally left the Church in Germany in 2019. 
According to the statistics, 272,771 people exited the Catholic Church last year, a significant increase on the 2018 figure of 216,078.

Some of those formally departing the Catholic Church in Germany are seeking to avoid paying the country’s church tax. If an individual is registered as a Catholic, then 8-9% of their income tax goes to the Church. The only way they can stop paying the tax is to make an official declaration renouncing their membership. They are then no longer allowed to receive the sacraments or a Catholic burial. 
Researchers also interviewed members of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), a body representing 20 Protestant groups including Lutherans. They found that 26% of those polled were considering leaving. 
Allemagne : une étude révèle que 30% des catholiques et 26% des évangéliques envisagent de quitter leur Eglise.
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