By Pascal Pax Andebo - JENA, Research and Advocacy Officer
Imagine hearing your Parish Priest, as part of his preaching, telling you to pay taxes to the government as a Christian obligation. Then he proceeds to read a long pastoral letter from the Bishops, which lays emphasis on the need to pay taxes, among other things. Has the historical alliance between Church and State begun again; an alliance, which made a dent in the Church for centuries, was considered part of the reason for Reformation? Yes, you are reading here about a topic, calling for the Catholic Church in Africa, and indeed the whole world, to be actively involved in advocating for increased public resource mobilisation through taxes, but in a better way. Jesus, responding to Pharisees, made the distinction between paying to Caesar and to God (Luke 20:25). The key question is: what would require the Church in Africa to be involved in advocating for increased revenue mobilisation?