FAZ: The baby boomers will retire in five years. Due to high church loyalty and high incomes they have contributed above average to the financing of the churches - the financial situation of the will abruptly worsen
Berlin (kath.net)The record income in Church-tax in Germany will be over in about five years. This is being reported by the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung". Currently, the Catholic Church and the Protestant community set new records for Church-tax revenues almost every year, despite the constant decline in membership. This is possible due to the good economy. However, that will change in about five years, because the generation of baby boomers born after 1955 will retire. Due to their high church loyalty and their high incomes, this has contributed above average to the financing of churches. According to FAZ, the situation of both churches in Germany will abruptly deteriorate. "Well-meaning majority churches will become needy minority churches," the newspaper comments. This change can not be stopped by the churches.
The FAZ recalls that in 2017, in a year marked by no negative headlines, both churches together lost about 660,000 or 1.8 percent of their membership. These figures are to be classified as "dramatic". For the first time in less than five years, less than half of Germans will belong to one of the two major churches. In 1990 it was still more than seventy percent. Today, the Protestant church with 21.5 million members is now already smaller than the Catholic with 23.3 million.
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