Poll: most Czechs oppose church property restitutions

28-12-2011

A new poll carried out by the STEM agency suggests that 69 percent of Czechs believe the state should not return property seized by the communist regime to churches. The government is currently working on a church property law but it has yet to be approved by ministers for the Public Affairs party. The government has so far agreed to pay 59 billion crowns to churches in a period of 30 years; including inflation the amount could reach up to 96 billion crowns. The churches are also to be returned 56 percent of their property seized by the communist regime. By 2030, churches should also gradually stop receiving money from the state.