The archbishopric of Barcelona registered 133 properties in the registry of property with the ‘Aznar law’
The archbishopric of Barcelona has made public the list of 53 registrations or inscriptions in the registry of property corresponding to 133 properties that it made between 2000 and May 2014. Antoni Matabosch, treasurer of the archbishopric during the period, explained that the timely investigations in each case and it was decided to proceed only if the real estate appeared in the cadastre and in historical documents. In the 17 cases in which “there was ambiguity or doubt”, mainly hermitages of the Maresme, it was decided not to go ahead and in some cases to sign agreements with the owners to allow the cult to continue to be celebrated.
During the period in which the registrations were made, the ‘Aznar law’ was in force , authorizing the Church to register its buildings after a few years, since 1863, when the temples could not be registered because “it was forbidden”. explained Matabosch. He has stated that it has been decided to make an informative lunch because he considers that “a mountain of a thing has been made that, speaking of you to you, we could have solved it”.
Regarding the denounce of the Unió de Pagesos against the Bishopric of Vic because it would have appropriated properties, Matabosch has said that “at this moment there is no demonstration” and that if anyone has this suspicion “it is a matter of speaking it and reaching a agreement”. In any case, wanted to differentiate what has been done in each bishopric, responsibility of each bishop, but said that “in Barcelona we have chosen to immatriculate what we see for sure, and what we may have doubts we said that we will talk about “
Regarding the criticisms that indicate that there is a speculative zeal behind the inmatriculaciones, the former treasurer of the archbishopric has argued that the ownership of property registered by the Church guarantees the conservation of these buildings and temples. He has defended that the buildings are basically temples and their annexes, such as houses and parish premises and the cemeteries of Sant Genís and Vallvidrera.
In the list published by the archbishopric, in the municipality of Barcelona there are the churches Mare de Déu de Betlem, Mare de Déu del Carme, Mare de Déu dels Dolors, Mare de Déu de la Mercè, Sant Agustí, Sant Andreu, Sant Francesc d’Assis, Sant Jaume, Sant Joan de Gràcia, Sant Miquel del Port, Sant Pere de les Puelles, Sant Vicenç, Santa Anna, Santa Creu d’Olorda, Santa Eulàlia de Vilapicina, Santa Madrona, Santa Maria de Gràcia, Santa Maria del Mar, Santa Maria del Pi, Santa Maria del Remei , Santa Maria de Sants, Santa Maria del Taulat, Santíssima Trinitat, Sants Gervasi i Protasi and Sants Just i Pastor. It is also necessary to add the Cathedral of Barcelona, the Episcopal Palace and number 5 of the Bisbe Street.
As for other municipalities of the archbishopric of Barcelona, the churches of Sant Isidre, Sant Joan Evangelista and Santa Eulàlia de Mèrida de l’Hospitalet de Llobregat are part of the list. There are also the Mare de Déu del Pilar and Sant Pere del Masnou and Sant Josep and Santa Maria de Mataró. Finally, there are Sant Feliu d’Alella, Sant Julià d’Argentona, Santa Maria de Badalona, Santa Creu de Cabrils, Santa Maria de Caldes d’Estrac, Sant Esteve de Canyamars, Santa Maria de Cornellà de Llobregat, Sant Aciscle i Santa Victòria of Dosrius, Sant Andreu d’Alfar, Sant Andreu de Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, Sant Joan de Montgat, Sant Andreu d’Òrrius, Sant Cristòfol de Premià de Mar, Sant Adrià de Sant Adrià del Besòs, Sant Martí de Teià, Sant Cebrià of Tiana and Sant Joan de Vilassar de Mar.
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