William Thien

Should the Catholic Church Be Taxed?

Posted on: October 16, 2013

We live in an age of political leadership that cannot administer our country. Our government does not function correctly. Most politicians are afraid to take on what we all know are the true issues for fear of not being re-elected or scandalized in the media. Often they seem to have no spine. That is why it is so difficult to write like this. I hold no office. I do not tax the public. No one is guarding myself or my home (quite the opposite). Like you I am vulnerable. Yet what I and others say here many believe must be said even when our most powerful do nothing.

To begin, I have always enjoyed visiting Catholic Churches. The architecture and services are beautiful. The parishioners are the finest people. May God be with them.

Yet, when the US Constitution was being formed early in American history and attention was being given to the separation of church and state, I believe it was not known that The Catholic Church would have such a religious prevalence in The United States.

Unlike many other churches, particularly those founded here in The United States, the United States is simply one more “territory” to the Catholic Church, make no mistake. The Catholic Church is in of itself the largest and most diverse bank in the world. The center of The Catholic Church, The Vatican, is also a separate state of its own, immune to the laws of the jurisdiction within which it resides. It is a perfect yet unreal state to which no other can compare. But it is a state first and foremost and only then is it a religion. To me this indicates that the separation clause may not pertain to The Catholic Church.

Masters at implementing social policy, The Catholic Church has often influenced the outcomes of elections and the determination of legislation here in The United States as well as in other countries to which The United States holds interest. The Catholic Church has issued edicts on abortion and birth control which are in my opinion contrary to the health of the country’s female population, for example, and then held to those positions with certain and deliberate influence and little or no room for debate. Should a church, any church, have that much potentially negative influence on domestic health policy and not be taxed?

Because The Catholic Church is a state of its own, one of the remaining colonial bodies in the world, I believe some consideration should be given to the administration of a separate religious code to include taxation which governs how The Catholic Church operates here in The United States.

Where I reside The Catholic Church is awash in scandal after scandal involving priests and pedophilia and other equally egregious crimes against society, much of such behavior dating back many years and having been hidden from public by the church to protect its persona and in particular we are now discovering, its finances. When such matters are addressed in court, the church operates with impunity in defense of such behaviors, shape shifting and claiming bankruptcy recently as if the church were a business suffering operating losses, hiding the church’s wealth surreptitiously so as not to compensate victims, adding insult to injury in an almost demonic manner.

It is that duality to its behavior, that The Catholic Church can change its image so easily and provide only lip service to the victims and their families for such social atrocities that leads me to believe something must be done to change how The Catholic Church conducts itself here in The United States, else it will only be a matter of time before we discover some other equally disturbing behavior perpetrated by The Catholic Church upon the US citizen. The Catholic Church has been around a long time. Ten, twenty years, fifty years, that’s nothing to the Catholic Church yet it is almost a quarter of our country’s existence in time. The Catholic Church has managed to slither its way out of paying victims of sexual misconduct, crimes that have occurred over the period of many, many decades where I reside.

Then I must say it as it is said in their own tongue. I am sure the serpent would be proud of such maneuvers. Where does the serpent then reside?

Do we here read within a ritual? If only I must not have to say these things.

The accumulation of circumstances as I’ve described is why I believe The Catholic Church, unlike other churches, should be subject to a special tax which can be accumulated and held in federal account as an insurance policy so to speak against such behaviors and which have been proven to occur and said tax should be levied for the very purposes such as the compensation of victims of sexual misconduct and other behaviors, political activities for instance which are contrary to the desires and needs of The United States here and abroad.

Copyright © William Thien 2013

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