Catholic Church Targeted by Government Representatives

Country: Spain

Date of incident: July 18, 2005

The Spanish Socialist Youth political wing (JSE) has requested the government to appoint a commission to review the agreements between Spain and the Holy See. The JSE General Secretary and speaker, Herick Campos, emphasized the need to put the Catholic Church "in its place, without any privileges because the Catholic hierarchy has abused of its condition of majority to influence government affairs, specially in issues related to education and finance".

The fact that the majority of Spanish citizens express preference for the Catholic Church work it is not a privilege but a right under Spanish democratic system. The treaties signed by Spain and the Holy See in 1976 and 1979 do not grant privileges to the Church, but rights and obligations to both signatories, and were mutually agreed.  Sources: