Spanish Minister of Justice Call to End the Privileges of the Catholic Church and Accused It of Supporting Fascism

Country: Spain

Date of incident: June 29, 2005

The Spanish Minister of Justice, Juan Fernando López Aguilar, called to end any state funding of the Catholic Church. According to this high official the Church enjoyed privileges that had their origin in the times where the Catholic creed was the only "official" religion. López Aguilar stated that the Catholic Church was in favour of the Spanish Civil War, and held strong relations with the Franquists.