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German court docket says Catholic Church can preserve billions secret

A court docket within the western metropolis of Cologne has dominated that Germany’s richest Catholic archdiocese does not should reveal what it does with the billions it receives from taxpayers annually.

The investigative journalism group Correctiv had sued for the data, arguing that the Archdiocese of Cologne needs to be sure by legal guidelines granting media entry to authorities info as a result of a lot of its income comes from an revenue tax paid by Catholics in Germany.

However Cologne’s administrative court docket dominated Thursday that the best way the archdiocese invests its annual revenue of virtually Three billion euros ($3.four billion) is protected by the church’s constitutionally assured autonomy.

The Archdiocese of Cologne welcomed the ruling, saying it already gives “full transparency and regular reports” on its long-term investments, which it stated comply with moral rules.

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