The Catholic Church in the Czech Republic has invested in farming, brewing, and buildings to use funds won from the government in restitution for the suppression of the Church during the years of Communist rule.
In 2012, the government agreed to pay the Church compensation for the
seizure and/or destruction of land, churches, and other assets by the
Under the restitution plan, the Church will receive about
$2.9 billion in payments made through 2043.
The government has also
restored to the Church properties valued at well over $3 billion.
To make use of these funds—and to prepare for the gradual elimination
of state support—Church officials in the Czech Republic have invested
in a variety of financial products, as well as other businesses.
report estimates that the Catholic Church provided 3,100 jobs in 2015,
with a greater number of jobs opening this year, making the Church one
of the country’s leading employers.