Vienna's Cardinal Innitzer Tells Diocese to Ignore Malicious Rumors of a Planned Church Tax

Vienna's Cardinal Innitzer Tells Diocese to Ignore Malicious Rumors of a Planned Church Tax

Cardinal Theodore Innitzer, Archbishop of Vienna

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Cardinal Theodore Innitzer, Archbishop of Vienna, accuses of the Nazis of spreading false rumors about a planned church tax. According to the story floating around, the church will impose a 50 pfennig/hour fee on parents for the religious instruction of every child.

Cardinal Innitzer says in a pastoral letter read from the pulpit of every church in his diocese:

"There have been spread rumors notoriously arising from an effort to persuade Catholics to leave the church. ...

This rumor, in its entirely, is drawn from the air. ... Even if such were introduced it cannot be assumed that it would be much higher than in the old Reich. There is a church tax based on income and wealth and the tax amounts to only a small part of other taxes.

Poor people pay no tax at all. All rumors of a church tax of unbearable proportions must be discarded as malicious invention.

Dear Catholics! Put no faith in these rumors. Explain them to your acquaintances."
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