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New Culture Minister Talks of Divorcing the Church

A debate has been ongoing for years as to how much the state should contribute to churches and religious groups in Slovakia and now freshly instated culture minister Marek Madaric has said the time is ripe to discuss the issue of divorcing the church from the state.

Culture minister Marek Madaric ready to shake up relations with Church (c) TheDaily.sk

Speaking to SME daily, Madaric said the issue should be opened up to public discussion, while noting that nothing had been done about it under the previous short-lived government. The Catholic church in Slovakia takes the lion’s share of state funding, of course, and former culture minister Daniel Krajcer wanted to change the system, which is based on an old law that dates back to 1949.

A year ago the Roman-Catholic Church warned that it could not be separated from the state due to the Slovakia-Vatican Treaty, which can’t be revoked. “It is essential that the Slovakia-Holy See Treaty remain in force,” announced the Slovak Conference of Bishops at the time in reaction to Krajcer’s plans. It therefore remains to be seen how much of Madaric’s rhetoric will be put into practice.

2 Comments for “New Culture Minister Talks of Divorcing the Church”

  1. George M

    ~~~A year ago the Roman-Catholic Church warned that it could not be separated from the state due to the Slovakia-Vatican Treaty, which can’t be revoked. “It is essential that the Slovakia-Holy See Treaty remain in force,” announced the Slovak Conference of Bishops at the time in reaction to Krajcer’s plans.~~~

    So what cretin signed this Treaty then ? Was it put on the Bulletin board or was Penta sole bidder ?

  2. EXPAT

    So not only does the “Church” not pay taxes, but it takes the tax payers money…religous or not…. and then claims they need more! Govenrment and Church has no place together, not since the crusades and the church’s strongarm in politics ended when the crusades died! My god is not yours, your god wants my money, my god want my love…. I give my love, not my money…my money keeps a roof over my head, my god gives me hope to have a bigger roof with a heathy family under this roof..I don’t need much, but I don’t need to give to a church that doesn’t do anything but take my money! BLAH BLAH BLAH….. Church = nothing!

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