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The Roman Catholic Church™ will have to pay property tax.  Not clear to me if that just applies to Roman Catholic Church™-owned businesses, or if non-business-related churches are included. (Is there a church that is not, at least, an entertainment business?  Like, say, movie theaters? or various "clubs"?)

Also, I suspect that does not apply to Vatican City, which is an independent country.

This follows a petition by Italian citizens to force the organization to pay taxes.

Now to make that happen in the USA.....   Something our politicians wouldn't touch with a 10-foot cross.

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Good Night, Irene!!!  If the Italians can make this happen THERE, would someone tell me WHY we can't make it happen HERE!!!

Agreed Loren - they should all pay taxes here - all the churches

# lawyers that drank the koolaid

Well, at least one government in the western world has some brains, and testicoli.

ha, irony~? or time to share the gold and rubies with the hungry and dying people of religious oil'wars?

Uruguay’s Senate has passed a measure legalizing first-trimester abortions, and the president is widely expected to sign it into law, making Uruguay one of a few Latin American countries to allow abortions for any reason. Those seeking abortion would need to explain their case before a panel of healthcare professionals, hear about alternatives such as adoption, and then wait for five days. Uruguayan Senator Constanza Moreira defended the right to abortion.

Senator Constanza Moreira: "They are the sexual and reproductive rights of women. No woman can be obligated to carry out a pregnancy she does not want. That is violence against women. And, well, separating women from their bodies and giving them the right to not just be a body where a future life can be held has taken many years."

The clip said property taxes would apply to commercial or non-church properties, which encompass about 20% of ... what?  All Italian land?  All the land value of Italy?  Anyway, it sounds huge.  In this country, such a rule might bankrupt the Mormon church -- until they raised the tithe from 10% to 20% anyway.  Of course, I'd even apply it to church buildings, as theaters, private schools, and child care facilities have to pay.

irony:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20051455

and the jailing of scientists in Italy.. not so much

the jailing of scientists for not predicting earthquakes....  i keep hoping there is more to the story.  Sounds very bad!

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