Kampala Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has fronted a controversial proposal that seeks to have the central government deduct 10 per cent of faithfuls’ monthly salary and forward it to the church.
The Catholic Archbishop said many Christians don’t tithe and this affects projects by the church.
“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,” said Archbishop Lwanga at Saint Mary’s Cathedral Rubaga during mass.
Archbishop Lwanga said he wanted Uganda to go the Germany route where Germans who are registered as Catholics, Protestants or Jews have a church tax (Kirchensteuer) of 8-9 per cent deducted from their annual income.
The church tax is collected by the government and channeled 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.
The Kirchensteuer system has been in place since the 19th Century and is rooted in pre-Christian Germanic custom.