Fewer church exits in the Corona year 2020

Protestant church Fewer church exits in the Corona year 2020

Bedford-Strohm

"In this pandemic it is fortunate that we have the church with all its facilities": Heinrich Bedford-Strohm. Photo: Sven Hoppe / dpa

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More loyalty to the church in times of Corona? According to preliminary figures, 10 to 20 percent fewer Church members have turned their backs.

In the Corona year 2020, significantly fewer people left the Protestant Church than in the previous year.

According to preliminary figures, 10 to 20 percent fewer members of the church have turned their backs, said the chairman of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, the German press agency.

"Perhaps it is actually the case that many people had such a feeling: In this pandemic, it is fortunate that we have the Church with all of its institutions, however fallible it may be." However, the church tax revenues were significantly lower due to the lower incomes in the Corona crisis.

"In our Bavarian regional church, for example, with a budget volume of 2020 million, we had a decline in income of 960 million in 110, which was mainly caused by church tax losses," said the Bavarian regional bishop. That makes painful savings inevitable.

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