News from the Church Law Society


REVIEW Nr. 23 3/2002


At the end of the year, as usual, Ackermann-Gemeinde Nürnberg held their regular winter workdays (Winterwerkwoche), tis time it was the second time it was held in the International Center for Spiritual Recovery (Centrum Internationale Redintegrationis Spiritualis), founded by the Diocese of Litoměřice in a former Franciscan monastery in Hejnice. The papers were given for a group of 14 participants from Germany, and 20 participants from the Czech Lands, among the others also by some of the members of our Society. PhDr. Jan Kopřiva, from the Center for German, Norwegian and Dutch Studies, College of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno, gave his paper on the topic of ‘Franz Kafka: zwischen Schloss und Am‘. Doc. JUDr. Jiří R. Tretera, Department of Legal History, College of Law, Charles University, gave a paper on the topic of ‘Die neue staatskirchenrechtliche Gesetzgebung in Tschechien und der Vertrag mit dem Apostolischen Stuhl‘. The one-week work meeting was held under the auspices of another meber of the Church Law Society, the director of the abovementioned Center, ThDr. Ing. Miloš Raban, the Secretary of the Plenary Council of the Catholic Church in the Czech Lands. The overall organization, as usual, was perfectly carried out by the Nürnberg director Mr Norbert Barenberg. The symposium was also visited by Mr Lothar Palsa, the representative of the Ackermann-Gemeinde Nürnberg central office in Munich.


On Friday, February 14, 2003 an honoration took place in the dome of the Royal College Chapter of St Peter and Paul, Vyšehrad, Prague. The honoration regarded the newly discovered remainings of St Valentine. Our members partook of a festive afternoon holy mass. We sent a congratulation on his name-day to the honorary chair of our Society, Prof. JUDr. Valentinu Urfusovi, who is an author of a breakthrough publication on the provost of the Chapter of Vyšehrad, Mr Tomáš Berghauer.




A member of our Society, Mag. Valdas Kužulis, who graduated from the College of Catholic Theology, Charles University, Prague, and the WWU, Münster, received priestly ordination on October 10, 2002, in Vilniusu. The ordaining bishop was cardinal Audrys Juozas Bačkis, the archbishop metropolitan of Vilnius.


The Executive Editor of the Church Law Review, a long-time member of the Church Law Society Committee, JUDr. Štěpán Hůlka, on December 9, 2002, upon passing his Master’s succesfully graduated from the College of Law, Westfalen Wilhelm Univerzity, Münster, and this way gained the title of LL. M. in the branch of Public Law.


The Society‘ Secretary, Mgr. Záboj Horák, succeeded in defending his Doctor’s disertation on November 7, 2002. The topic of the disertaton was The Legal Regulation of the Activities of Core and School Intitutions of the Churches in the USA. On doing so he finished his post-grade doctor study at the College of Law, Charles University. On December 5, 2002, during a festive graduationin Carolinum, he was granted the scientific title of the Doctor of the Charles University (Ph.D.).


Our congratulations to all the aforementioned members and fans of the Church Law Society on their success attained, wishing luck in developing their further activity.



News from the World


On December 7, 2002, Mons. Prof. Dr. Péter Erdő, the rector of Pázmány University, Budapest, a Church Law professor and a previous auxiliary bishop to Székesfehérvár, was appointed the archbishop metropolite to Ostrihom-Budapest and the primate of Hungary.


The City of Vatican, January 20, 2003 (VIS):

The Holy Father founded a military ordinariate for Slovakia. Mons. František Rábek was appointed an auxiliary bishop to Nitra, and the first military ordinary to Slovakia.


News from the International Consociation for Canon Study Promotion (Consociatio Internationalis Studio Iuris Canonici Promovendo), Rome:

January 28, 2003, a new book called ‘Cogitations on Forum Internum in the General Frame of Church Jurisdiction’ by Guida Saraceni was preseted, by professors Sandro Gherro, Joaquin Llobell and Cesare Mirabelli4 , at the College of Law, the Potifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome.

March 6, 2003, an academic jubilee called ‘The Orders’ Integration and the Centrality of Personality between Universality and Identity – the CIC Promulgation’s Twentieth Anniversary ’ is held at the College of canon Law, the Pontifical Gregorian University. The following are amongst those partaking: Prof. Gianfranco Ghirlanda SJ, J.E. Mons. Péter Erdő, Prof. Cesare Mirabelli, J.E. Zenon cardinal Grocholewski, the Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, the Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical Gregorian University. Prof. Silvio Ferrari (Milano), and Prof. Giovanni Filoramo are preparing a meeting at the university of Siena. The meeting is to be held April 2–3, 2003, and the topic stated is La giustizia nei monoteismi (Justice in Monoteisms). Further information may be obtained upon request at