Czech MPs voted today to hand over vast swathes of government land to the church.
The country's 17 churches will get back about half of the property confiscated by the communist government in 1948, now valued at about £2.3 billion.
They will also receive £1.8bn in compensation over the next 30 years, after which the state will stop covering some of their expenses.
The lower house's vote overturns a decision by the mostly centre-left senate.
The payouts are pretty unpopular with ordinary Czechs on the receiving end of government austerity measures.
And on Wednesday Prime Minister Petr Necas survived a confidence vote in the lower house, which also pushed through widely unpopular tax rises.
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