Dresden/Chemnitz/Leipzig (dpa/sn) - Compared to 2021, more Saxons left the church this year. The city of Leipzig counted a total of 3,273 exits by mid-December, a year earlier there were 374 fewer, as the city announced at the request of the German Press Agency. According to the city, the increase in numbers in Chemnitz will continue this year: While in 2020 a total of 371 Chemnitz residents declared their resignation, the city already counted 417 in 2021, and then 458 in 2022. However, the total number was still below the maximum value of the past five years, because a total of 502 people submitted a declaration of withdrawal from the church there on the same date in 2019.
According to the information, the city of Dresden counted 690 more exits than a year earlier. On December 15, 2022, a total of 2,730 citizens had left the church in the state capital. According to the cities, it is not recorded why Saxons leave the church. It was also said that no distinction was made between the Catholic and the Protestant Church.