The Government will advise and help the smallest municipalities with the least means in Spain to “immediately recover” the assets registered by the Catholic Church that belong to them.
“I announce that we are going to cooperate to accompany, help and advise, above all, the smaller municipalities, with fewer means and less capacity, so that the assets can be immediately recovered for the public domain and patrimony and also, when appropriate, for the patrimony and the ownership of a natural person”, explained Bolaños.
This was indicated this Thursday, January 27, by the Minister of the Presidency, Relations with the Courts and Democratic Memory, Félix Bolaños, in statements to the media, after his meeting with the president of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP), in the headquarters of the FEMP.
During it, Bolaños handed over to Abel Caballero a list of 1,000 assets registered by the Church , in which, according to the minister, “errors and problems have been detected, in such a way that the Church recognizes that these assets are not correspond and now it’s time to regularize”.
Specifically, he referred to the “agreement” reached by the Government and the Catholic Church in the registration commission and the meeting held last Monday by the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, and the president of the Spanish Episcopal Conference (CEE ), Juan José Omella.
This regularization will be carried out by the City Councils, as detailed by the president of the FEMP, Abel Caballero: “Around 1,000 goods are going to be returned to their owners and the return mechanism is through the city councils. , we will inform the mayors and mayors in which those goods are that are going to be returned to their owners “.
As he pointed out, “the vast majority” of the assets on this list “is not determined in the document who is the owner” so “it will be the mayors who will have to do the research , locate the owners.”
In his opinion, “it is not an easy task” but he has promised to do the job and has thanked the Government for entrusting it to the mayors: “We want to be there and we will be there”, he stressed.
For Abel Caballero, these registrations “should never have occurred” but he has celebrated this “very significant step”. “Make sure that the right to property is respected,” he has settled.
However, the Church has insisted that it is not about returning 1,000 unregistered goods, but rather that what it has delivered to the Government is a report with a thousand errors –among the list of almost 35,000 that the Government sent to Congress a year ago–, goods that they do not know they own, that belong to third parties or that they have already sold.