Catholic Church to Lose Historic Property Tax Exemption in Italy

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Rat in a Hat Faces New Economic Realities in 2013

After decades of priest pedophile scandals, Papal attacks on gay rights and the continued marginalization of women, the Catholic Church in Italy will be forced to pay property taxes starting in 2013 after the EU pressured the country to pass a controversial law stripping the Church of its historic property tax exemption.

The Catholic Church in Italy is excluded from paying taxes on its land if at least a part of a Church property is used non-commercially – for instance, a chapel in a bed-and-breakfast.

Increased revenue in Italy could of 500 million to 2 billion euros annually across the country, municipal government associations said. The extra income from previously exempt properties in Rome alone – including hotels, restaurants and sports centers – could reach 25.5 million euros a year, according to La Repubblica newspaper.

Last December, after new austerity measures were adopted in the country, 130,000 Italians signed an online petition urging the government to strip the Church of its tax exemption.

Take that, Pope RatNAZI.

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13 Responses to Catholic Church to Lose Historic Property Tax Exemption in Italy

  1. Joe in Colorado says:

    The Catholic Church should lose their property tax exemption in the U.S. too. We’re broke and I’m tired of paying for them. If you own property, you should pay property taxes. Period.

  2. lea-lea says:

    End the breaks for the Cult of Catholicism everywhere. The world is hurting economically and we can’t afford to throw money at the Vatican.

  3. VicoDANIEL says:

    This is wonderful news to read on Sunday morning!

    I can envision many former Catholic churches sold now. Imagine all the interesting Starbucks, condos, and clothing stores located in these structures.

    This change is a longtime coming. Now, maybe the Vatican’s stranglehold on gay rights in Italy will also come to an end? I sure hope so.

  4. ChiTOM says:

    “All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.” – Edgar Allan Poe. Case closed.

  5. Rachel says:

    Where do you find this stuff? I’ve read the LA Times from front to back and didn’t see this. Thanks for keeping your readers informed, Christopher. I’m just over the moon to read this!

  6. Jim says:

    Now if only ALL religious organizations, even Scientologists!, can be forced pay their fair share for browbeating the rest of us.

  7. Tena says:

    How is it possible the Xenus were granted religious status? Seriously?

  8. Peace Nick says:

    Great payback for the decades of priest-child rapists.

    Hopefully, this will force Il Citta del Vaticano to sell off antiquities to pay claims against victims of these ghouls and now they get to pay property taxes too! Life is good.

  9. Zarathustra says:

    HOORAY!!!! When can we expect it to happen here?????

  10. feminazi says:

    The Catholic Church has paid out hundreds-of-millions of dollars to settle sex abuse claims against priests who raped little boys. I’m surprised they have money to pay property taxes too? Have they sold off art and gold in order to do both? I mean, with fewer and fewer well off Catholics donating to the church and the bulk of their growth in poorer third world nations, I don’t see any other way for them to come up with tax money.

  11. Brigadoon says:

    How ironic? Italy taxed the Catholic Church before the US taxed the Catholic Church?

  12. Seabec says:

    It’s about time!

  13. End the Tax in the US as well

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