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Temporalities FAQ

Latest update:  19/12/2023

1. What is the Church – State agreement (Concordat) in Peru? How does the Sodalitium participate in it?

The Church-State Agreement in Peru, also known as the “Concordat”, was signed between the Peruvian State and the Holy See on July 19th, 1980. This agreement, in force according to Decree Law No. 23211, grants independence and autonomy to the Catholic Church in the country .

 

The Sodalitium, like other Catholic institutions, has benefited from tax exemptions and benefits established in Article 10 of said agreement, as recognized by SUNAT in Report 076-2011.

 

For more details on this subject, click here to access an explanatory note.

2. Has the Sodalitium misused the Church-State agreement in Peru?

All institutions related to the Sodalitium that have benefited from the Church-State Agreement in Peru (Concordat) have followed its guidelines in all. This is the case of the creation of the “Missions” to provide Christian burial and the correct application of the tax regime, in accordance with established regulations.

 

For more details on this subject, click here to access an explanatory note.

3. Have some members of the Sodalitium profited through economic activities?

No member of the Sodalitium has personally benefited from the institution’s economic activities. The surpluses have been allocated to the evangelizing mission and institutional support, guaranteeing transparency in economic administration .

 

For more details on this subject, click here to access an explanatory note.

4. Has the Sodalitium created offshore institutions to illegally take money out of Peru?

No institutions have ever been created for unethical or illegal purposes. The institutions established in Panama were transferred to the United States to improve governance and comply with international standards, without violating any regulations.

 

For more details on this subject, click here to access an explanatory note.

5. Is the Sodalitium carrying out economic activities without informing the Holy See?

No. Since May 2016, Cardinal Joseph Tobin, Delegate of the Holy See, supervises the financial management of the Sodalitium and receives regular reports. In addition, information has been provided to the Dicastery for Institutes of Consecrated Life and to the recent Scicluna-Bertomeu Mission sent to Peru .

 

For more details on this subject, click here to access an explanatory note.

6. Is it true that the Sodalitium has trafficked land and abused farmers from Piura (Peru)?

It isn’t true. The real estate and agricultural projects carried out in Piura comply with the law. The accusations of land trafficking and abuse are unfounded and based on incorrect information presented in the documentary “Peru: The Sodalitium Scandal.”

 

For more details on this subject, click here to access an explanatory note.