The Minister of the Presidency, Relations with the Courts and Democratic Memory, Félix Bolaños, has delivered to the president of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP) the list that contains the nearly a thousand real estate properties that the Church recognizes are not theirs despite being registered in his name. The delivery takes place after the sealed agreement between Pedro Sánchez and the president of the Episcopal Conference, Juan José Omella, by which the bishops admitted that in the list of 34,961 unregistered real estate thanks to the law of José María Aznar between 1998 and 2015 there is "a complex that the Church considers to belong to a third party or is not aware of its ownership of it." Local entities will now have to identify their legitimate owners.
The Church sold 122 homes and farms that it improperly put in its name
This is the complete list of the irregular assets that the municipalities already have in their hands, although the Minister of the Presidency assured that they will continue working with the Church to resolve some doubtful ones and the Government invites those who believe they have ownership rights over some of the unregistered assets to claim before the commission created between the ministry and the Episcopal Conference.
The Government has transferred the list to the FEMP so that the municipalities are in charge of identifying the legitimate owners of these assets, among which there are farms, houses and even places of worship, so that "the processes of regularization that, in his case, could correspond". "For these purposes, the Church expresses its commitment to collaborate in order to facilitate such processes," read the statement signed by Moncloa and the Episcopal Conference on Monday. In the event that there are properties that appear on the list that do not have a known owner, they will pass into the hands of the corresponding municipal corporation, according to Bolaños. “We are beginning the path of restitution of unregistered assets, a path that must continue with more assets and owners” but that “represents a very significant step”, Caballero assured this morning.
Despite the fact that in the communiqué signed with Moncloa, the Episcopal Conference admitted that the "regularization" of this heritage that does not belong to it should be carried out, in their report downgraded recognition of appropriation to "pointing out errors" in the official list of their assets. Some of those goods that appear registered in the name of the Church -since there is a simple note that proves it, according to government sources- but that he now recognizes that he is not its owner are no longer in his hands because he has sold, transferred or donated them. To thirds. Thus, more than 200 of these properties have been detached, according to data provided by the Executive. For example, he sold 122 homes and farms that he improperly put in his name.