Quarter of properties returned to churches two years after approval of restitution bill

Two years after legislation was approved returning property confiscated by the communist regime churches have received around a quarter of the assets they have applied for restitution of, according to the Roman Catholic Czech Bishops’ Conference. However, Czech Radio reported, some there has been stalemate over particular assets, such as a chateau and gardens in Kroměříž, while the Catholic Church has gone to court to seek the return of the painting the Madonna of Veveří, which is held by the National Gallery. Under a divisive bill passed by a right of centre government headed by the Civic Democrats, church groups are set to receive CZK 75 billion in property and CZK 59 billion in cash for assets that cannot be returned over a 30-year period.

Author: Ian Willoughby