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State Contributions to the Churches
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[German Version]

The state contributions that the major churches receive in Germany are compensation for the expropriation of church property (Property, Church), especially during the Reformation and in the context of the French Revolution and the associated end of the Old Empire. This is stated clearly in §35 of the Principal Resolution of the Imperial Deputation of Feb 25, 1803. The territorial princes were conceded the right to confiscate church property, but they were obliged to provide for the needs of the churches.

Article 138 §1 of the Weimar Constitution, which continu…

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Rüfner, Wolfgang, “State Contributions to the Churches”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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