European court rules out Spanish subsidies for Catholic institutions

European court rules out Spanish subsidies for Catholic institutions

[The Eurocrats’ juggernaut rolls on]

Catholic World News – June 27, 2017

The European Court of Justice has ruled that a tax exemption granted to a Spanish Catholic school would be an illegal form of state support for religion, if the school could be classified as a business.

The case before the court involved a Catholic school in Madrid that claimed a €24,000 ($26,700) tax credit for the costs of a new school cafeteria. Spanish officials denied the claim, saying that a credit applied only to religious activities. The European Court ruled that if the new building was to be used for business purposes, the tax credit would be an illicit form of government support; the case was returned to the Spanish court for a finding on the use of the building.

The school had applied for the tax credit on the basis of a diplomatic accord between Spain and the Holy See, negotiated before the rise of the European Union.

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One comment on “European court rules out Spanish subsidies for Catholic institutions

  1. [A better decision for church and state in the USA from SCOTUS]

    Prelate: Supreme Court’s Trinity Lutheran decision is ‘landmark victory for religious freedom’

    Catholic World News – June 27, 2017

    Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the US bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, welcomed the Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer as a “landmark victory for religious freedom.”

    Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, Missouri, applied for a state grant to make its playground safer for children in its preschool and daycare program. Citing the state constitution, Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources stated it could not assist any religious school.

    The Court held that the Department of Natural Resources “violated the rights of Trinity Lutheran under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment by denying the Church an otherwise available public benefit on account of its religious status.”

    Archbishop Lori commented:

    The Supreme Court rightly recognized that people of faith should not be discriminated against when it comes to government programs that should be made available to all. The decision also marks a step in the right direction toward limiting the effects of the pernicious Blaine Amendments that are in place in many states around the country.

    Blaine Amendments to state constitutions, most of which date back to the nineteenth century, stem from a time of intense anti-Catholic bigotry in many parts of the country. We are glad to see the Supreme Court move toward limiting these harmful provisions, which have restricted the freedom of faith-based organizations and people of faith to serve their communities.

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