Spain: The Church recognizes having a thousand properties that do not belong to it and agrees to return them

The pact was made public after the meeting between Pedro Sánchez and the president of the Episcopal Conference.

It does not include large temples that it registered between 1998 and 2015, such as the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba or the cathedral of Seville.

The Catholic Church has acknowledged having a thousand properties whose ownership is not known or that correspond to a third party, and has agreed with the Government to return them, as communicated by both parties on Monday, after the president of the Episcopal Conference, Juan José Omella, met with the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez.

These properties do not include the large temples that the Church registered between 1998 and 2015, taking advantage of a reform of the Government of José María Aznar, such as the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba or the cathedral of Seville, as RTVE has been able to learn.

President @sanchezcastejon and Cardinal Omella held a meeting today in which they celebrated the agreement on immatriculations reached between the Government and the Episcopal Conference. The Executive highlighted the good dialogue maintained by both institutions.

The Church has made an “exhaustive” study of the list of assets

A joint communiqué from the Ministry of the Presidency, Relations with the Courts and Democratic Memory and the Episcopal Conference informs of some details of this agreement on the immatriculations of property, which has been reached after the intensification of the work of the commission created by both parties in relation to this matter.

The Government sent last year to the Congress a list of properties immatriculated (registered for the first time) by the Catholic Church between the years 1998 and 2015 on which the Episcopal Conference has made, according to both parties, an “exhaustive” study with consultations with the various dioceses.

Thus, the assets have been catalogued, divided by diocese and the processes of immatriculation of each of the assets have been verified, reports the joint note.

From this study carried out by the Church, it has been concluded that there is a group of properties that it considers that they belong to a third party or that it does not have proof of ownership. Specifically, it admits that it has no record of holding ownership of some 1,000 of the 34,961 immatriculated assets that appear on the list made public by the Government.

The data of these assets have already been provided to the Government by the Episcopal Conference and, after that, the Executive will inform the local entities and registries of this information so that they can initiate the regularization processes that, if applicable, may correspond. To this end, the Church has expressed its commitment to collaborate in order to facilitate these processes.


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  1. The Mosque of Cordoba of course should belong to the Muslims of Spain. The Catholic Church could retain ownership of the small cathedral within the Mosque, if they want to. Why is this property excluded?

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