160,000 German Catholics left the Church last year

Posted July 25, 2017 10:40 pm by Staff Reporter

About 160,000 Catholics left the Church in Germany last year, new figures show. The number represents an improvement on 2015, when 180,000 faithful left the Church – or opted out of paying a church tax compulsory for members. Nearly a third, or 23 million, people in Germany are Catholic. Fr Hans Langendörfer, bishops’ conference secretary, said: “We should not forget our real mission in the…

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