[quote="paperwight, post:14, topic:186978"]
Assuming you are not being flippant, I have to ask, what on earth makes you think that the Catholic church wants the hundreds of pre-Reformation churches back, with all the problems of upkeep and repairs that would involve? Every Anglican church seems to have one of those displays outside, showing how far they are in their fundraising, and appealing for donations.
Why would the Catholic church want them, especially as we have plenty of churches of our own? Too many, in fact, in some areas. Not to mention the fact that many of the pre-Reformation can't be altered, as they are historical, so congregations are stuck with rood-screens blocking-off the sanctuary. The land they are standing on would have some value, but only in theory, since they can't be demolished.
Of course you do have a point re the Catholic Church already having enough churches in some areas & that it does not need to take on the difficulties associated with maintaining old buildings. However, we have heard certain Anglican bishops declare that if some of their ministers and communities convert to the Catholic Church, they would not allow them to take the associated property with them. It wouldn't be unreasonable, as far as I can see, to request that such Anglican bishops return some of the ancient churches and cathedrals to their rightful owner, the Catholic Church. A fair exchange, even if it is 400 years overdue.