The first vice president of the Government, Carmen Calvo, has indicated that the Church must pay the IBI of that patrimony that is not destined for the functions of worship and has added that they have to make a reflection in relation to the IRPF box for the Church because They want to see “how the Catholic Church is accountable” and “how it manages these funds” in relation to the objectives of Spanish legislation. In this regard, he said that these funds are for social policy and “not for other things.”
In an interview with Cadena Ser, which includes Europa Press, in which he has revealed that this Wednesday, January 22, he meets with the new Nuncio of the Pope in Spain, Bernardito Aúza, the vice president has indicated that they already have a work proposal and they want the Catholic Church in Spain “to respond to taxation as in France and Italy.” We do not pretend any more, “he said, while ensuring that he informed the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and He said “naturally” they were doing it.
On the box of the Church in the IRPF, he has insisted that at this point they have an “open reflection space” that is sure that “it will be fine” because the disposition of the Holy See “is very good” and the of the Spanish Episcopal Conference (CEE), “exactly the same”. “I believe that they are willing to collaborate and update some issues that are needed and that are in the mood of Spanish society in general and of the vast majority of Spanish Catholics, who in that sense have evolved quite a bit. There is an important agenda that we are going to discuss and that we are going to discuss this morning, ”he stressed.
Calvo has defined the new Nuncio as someone who comes from a “very interesting trajectory, of the United Nations”, a person of confidence of the Pope in the UN and with a closed defense of multilateralism and of “being used thoroughly” in important causes in the areas of conflict in the world.
“Positive Expectation” of the new Nuncio
“I have a very positive expansion for meeting him this morning,” Calvo said that last summer he raised a formal complaint to the Vatican for the statements of the previous Pope’s Nuncio in Spain, Monsignor Renzo Fratinni, after affirming, in an interview with Europa Press , that the Government had “resurrected Franco” with the announcement of the exhumation.
In any case, Calvo has confirmed that relations with the Holy See have depended and will continue to depend on its portfolio. “We have very good relations with the Holy See, but we also have a work calendar ahead of me, which I have been able to tell Cardinal Parolin and that he has accepted and that we are going to set in motion and that has to do with the taxation of the Catholic Church, “he stressed.
The Government wants to participate in the Vatican education summit
In addition, the vice president has highlighted the educational issue, ensuring that the Nuncio “knows a lot” about this matter and recalling that the Holy See will soon have a Summit on education in the world in which the Executive wants to participate. Precisely, the draft Law on educational reform prepared by the Government wants to eliminate Religion as an evaluable subject and with an alternative, something that the Spanish Church does not agree with because it considers that it violates the Agreements with the Holy See.
“We have issues that I think we are going to move forward with a good atmosphere, not only with the one I have with Parolin, but even with the Pope. When I attended the appointment of two new Spanish cardinals, the Pope distinguished the Spanish delegation by attending us, which he did not do with the other delegations, and this Government greatly appreciated this detail of the Pope, ”he concluded.