The Government will not have to deliver the list of assets unregistered by the Catholic Church, as pointed out by the Central Court of Administrative Litigation number 4 of Madrid, giving the reason to the Ministry of Justice against the resolution of the Council of Transparency and Good Government, quen ruled that he should deliver a copy to Maldita.es.
The Mosque of Córdoba or the Giralda of Seville: what are the registration of the Church and how it was done with them
This medium, that advances the news, requested the list drawn up by the College of Registrars, and that three years ago that the Executive should have delivered to Congress. According to the figures that are handled, between 1998 and 2015, under the ‘Aznar law’, a “total of 34,984 farms” were put in the name of the Catholic Church, according to the College of Registrars, of which “18,535 refer to churches of the Church or dependencies complementary to them and 15,171 to farms with other destinations “.
The report, commissioned by the Government of Rajoy, was already delivered by the College of Registrars to the Executive a few months ago. Until the court’s ruling, the Government indicated that it was making some checks, although as explained to elDiario.es by the spokesman for the Episcopal Conference, Luis Argüello, they had been told that the list would be delivered “before the end of 2020.” A horizon that, except for capital surprise (the Ministry of Justice had not shown any intention to publish it) is widening sine die. The sentence is final.
In his ruling, Judge Luis Alfredo de Diego understands, giving the reason to what the State Attorney’s Office argued, that the information requested by Maldita.es is in the process of being prepared and that, therefore, it cannot be delivered. The magistrate also indicates that when the study on these assets is completed, it will be sent to the Lower House and published in the newsletter of the Cortes Generales, as requested by Congress itself.
Six months to return the goods
This same week, Esquerra and EH Bildu presented a non-law proposal by which they ask the Government to, within a period of three months, present to Congress the list of assets unregistered by the Church since 1946; and that in six months it enables the necessary mechanisms so that these are recovered by their legitimate owners.
In the proposal, collected by Europa Press, both formations describe the registration of the Catholic Church as a “scandal” – which amounts to some 100,000 assets in 74 years – and they point out that it must be a “State question” with “a solution global”.
In his opinion, this must go through “undoing what was wrong and doing what was not done” which is “ex officio canceling all the seats practiced with ecclesiastical certification as they are null and void, at least since the entry into force of the Constitution. “; and “determine by law what are the criteria to qualify religious cultural heritage in the public domain and proceed with its cataloging and registration.”
In this sense, it demands that the Government present to the Lower House, within a “non-extendable period of three months”, the list of assets unregistered by the Catholic Church between 1946 and 2015, “under the protection of the repealed Article 206 of the Mortgage Law “and” accompanied by their respective simple notes “.
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