Tuesday, 30 October 2018
Archbishop Wants Uganda State To Collect Tithe For Church
Kampala Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has put forward a controversial proposal aimed at getting the central government to deduct 10% of the monthly salary of the faithful and pass it on to the church.
The Catholic Archbishop said that many Christians do not tithe and this concerns projects of the Church.
"Whenever we ask for tithing, everyone gives only what they have at that time, but the Bible says that one-tenth of what you deserve belongs to the church," said Archbishop Lwanga during mass at St Mary's Cathedral Rubaga.
"Give me your support when I make this proposal, because that's good for us, are not you tired of constantly putting money in the baskets?"
Archbishop Lwanga said he wanted Uganda to take the Germany route, where Germans registered as Catholics, Protestants or Jews deduct a church tax of 8-9 percent from their annual income.
The church tax is levied by the government and passed on to the respective denominations.
"I was told that the Germans are making arrangements with their government to withdraw the monthly tithing from their salaries and forward it to the church and the money they use to build and renovate their churches," he added.
The church tax system has existed since the 19th century and is rooted in pre-Christian Germanic customs.