Cleric Urges Govt. To Directly Pay Tithes To Church From Salaries
Cyprian Kizito Lwanga

A Catholic Archbishop in Uganda, Most Reverend Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, has proposed that the central government deducts 10% from the monthly salaries of workers, and forward it directly to the church.

According to Citizen TV, he stated this at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Rubaga during mass, adding that non-payment of tithes affects project development in the church.

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Lwanga, “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 said he wanted Uganda to toe the line of Germany, where citizens who are registered as Catholics, Protestants or Jews have a church tax (Kirchensteuer) of 8 to 9% deducted from their annual income.

He, therefore, urged that the church tax is collected by the government and channelled to the respective faiths.

“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 added.