The head of Economic Affairs of the Spanish Episcopal Conference (CEE), Fernando Giménez Barriocanal, has proposed that the other religious confessions that exist in Spain are subject to the same treatment as the Church, which is financed in part through the solidarity box of the IRPF.
In the lunch discussion "Does the Church have privileges today?", Giménez Barriocanal, who has avoided speaking about the exhumation of Franco because the Vatican was going to do it, has rejected some accusations that the Church has said, as receives billions of euros from the public treasury.
"The tax assignment is not a privilege, but the development of the principles of collaboration with the Church," stressed the economic head of the EEC, who stressed that the Church is the only institution that is submitted to the annual referendum to the time to make the income statement.
What would happen to the financing of other institutions if we submitted it to the same system? Giménez asked, while saying that it could be subject to the same treatment as the Church, as in Italy, than the other religions that receive funding. through the Pluralism and Coexistence Foundation.
Giménez Barriocanal has denied accusations to the Church of enjoying a privileged tax regime, of not paying the IBI and of saving hundreds of millions.
He has done so because, according to his words, the Church has the same tax regime in terms of IBI, corporate tax, VAT, property transfers, inheritance and donations or the tax on economic activities that the foundation of any political party has , union or NGO development or any other religious denomination.
In addition, he has defended that religion is an "assessable" subject and has supported his teaching staff as it is a service - he said - demanded by parents, specifically by 3.5 million people who want their children to study this subject .
On the money allocated to concerted education - a system he has said is cheaper for families - he has denied accusations that it is really for the Church, since it is for the education of the children.
He has also been asked about what the Episcopal Conference will do if the government changes the status of the mosque in Cordoba, and there he has answered remembering the maintenance costs that have been made for eight hundred years.
He stressed that "the assets of the Church are intended for the faithful, in their religious and cultural facets" and that the system of registration (to register a property for the first time in the property registry) is not a Francoist privilege .
He has also referred to the possibility that the chaplaincies of hospitals can be removed in some autonomies and he has defended them because they provide a service to people who, because of their illness, can not go to the Church.
"It is a very important task for the chaplain in hospitals and prisons," he added.