Italy’s “8 per mille” religious tax

Clergy on the streets near the Vatican

I have commented previously about my observations while in Italy regarding the collections taken at church. I had noticed on every occasion that during the Mass the collections consisted solely of change. Later I learned that the churches are “paid” or subsidized by the Italian government. In fact the same occurs in some other European nations.

This article by Marc Alan Di Martino explains the process in detail. I was fascinated reading it and learned a lot about how the government in Italy works.

How Italy’s “8 per mille” religious tax works.

Church of San Francesco in Caltagirone

About Margie Miklas

An award-winning author, Margie Miklas writes medical thrillers and travel memoirs about Italy, a place which has captured her passion for travel. She is also the creator and owner of the travel blog, Margie in Italy, and a contributing writer for an Italian-American newspaper. A retired critical-care nurse, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her three cats. Her favorite place is the beach, and she likes learning new computer skills, when she is not writing. A member of the Florida Writers Association, Margie makes her home in Florida.
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5 Responses to Italy’s “8 per mille” religious tax

  1. Donna says:

    Sure wouldn’t fly here. Just remarkable.


  2. My thoughts exactly, Donna. This is just another example of how things are different in Italy.


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  4. Lori Samarin says:

    I just reviewed this with my Italian students, as part of our discussion about the Fascist Era in Italy (totally misunderstood by non Italians). Lateran agreements were made in 1929 when Mussolini signed a pact with the Holy Seat according to which, Roman Catholicism became the religion of the Italian State; this pact gave way to the Pontiff being assured sovereignty of a small, independent State, which became “ Vatican City”. As a result, the Italian State funds the Roman Catholic Church. (and Italian citizens like it this way. What people forget is that the Italian constitution is based on different principles that that of the United States constitution, so foreigners should respect those differences).


  5. Interesting! I think we sometimes forget that other countries don’t have the same kind of Constitution we have. We may think their laws too strict or too quaint, but they probably think the same thing about ours. It’s all a matter of perspective.


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