Aragón sits on the bench again in Catalonia for the art held in Lleida


A year and a half after he managed to recover the "assets of Sijena", Aragón once again places Catalonia on the bench for another collection of sacred art, the so-called "goods of the Strip". It consists of 111 pieces that the ecclesiastical jurisdiction already sentenced for years that are owned by 49 Aragonese parishes, but that are still held in the Museum of Lleida after more than ten years in which the Idemdense Diocese has not complied with the canonical sentences.

Since these judgments of the ecclesiastical jurisdiction have not been fulfilled, the Diocese of Barbastro-Monzón (Huesca) has opted to take action against that of Lérida in the civil jurisdiction. These 111 works of art are precisely in the Museum of Lleida, the same one that had to enter the Civil Guard in December 2017 to enforce the sentence of the "assets of Sijena", the works of art of the historic Huesca monastery that they were held there despite the fact that the courts had repeatedly ordered that they be returned to Aragon.

The litigation of the "assets of the Strip" is now substantiated with an oral hearing held this Thursday and Friday in the Court of First Instance number 1 of Barbastro. The plaintiffs are the Bishopric of Barbastro-Monzón and the Government of Aragon. The defendants are the Bishopric of Lleida and the Consortium of the Museum of Lérida, organ of which the ilerdense Diocese is also part and which is controlled by the Catalan Government.

The first session of the trial, this Thursday, includes the taking of declaration to the bishops of Lérida and Barbastro, Salvador Giménez and Ángel Javier Pérez Pueyo. In addition, he has been summoned to testify as a witness the bishop emeritus of Barbastro-Monzón, Alfonso Millán. As witnesses will also be interviewed the secreetario-chancellor of the Diocese of Barbastro-Monzón, Pedro Escartín Celaya, and the Heritage delegate of that same diocese, Enrique Calvera.

In addition, at the trial seven experts will also appear as expert witnesses. Among them, three curators of the Museum of Lleida – Berlabe, Alberto Velasco and Nuria Gilart – as well as the auditor of the same museum, Pedro Ruix Espinós. Also, the professor of Art History and expert in Aragonese art Antonio Naval will appear; the president of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Luis, Domingo Buesa; and the historian and curator of the Episcopal Museum of Vic, Marc Sureda Jubany. . (tagsToTranslate) startgoodbyehousehold


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