Turkey makes a change or two in the law
The Turkish parliament has enacted a law which grants non-Islamic religious establishments the right to own real property, AsiaNews reports. Currently, e.g., the Greek patriarchate in Constantinople/Istanbul, cannot own its analogue to 'the Vatican Apostolic Palace' in Rome:
The most glaring example is that of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, which is the historic See of the foremost Orthodox patriarch.
The small complex of buildings belongs to St Georgeâs Monastery. However, since the monastery cannot own any real estate, legally speaking, the real owner is St George himself. But his existence could be challenged in court. Indeed, the saint himself would be hard pressed to appear before any court to stop any seizure of âhisâ buildings. The same is true for any notarised sale. In other words, the monastery simply lacks any legal protection.
The queerest thing here, so far as I can see, is that even this is not done in the context of vindicating any sort of quasi-absolute human right: the right of non-Muslim believers to own property is made dependent on the 'reciprocal'
"rights of Turks living in the countries associated with the non-Muslim religious group". Religious citizens in every country of the West, surely, can own real property? but it occurs to me that this is perhaps not the case: in France these days, the French state having expropriated church properties at the beginning of the 20th century, I believe the state will allow 99 year leases for new religious buildings. Hmm.