News from the Church Law Society

REVIEW 27 1/2004

From the Church Law Society



Presentation of Austrian Collection on Present Czech State Ecclesiastical Law in Prague

On Wednesday, April 14, 2004 in late afternoon, in the presentation room of the Austrian Culture Forum in Jugmannovo náměstí in Prague, a new book was presented to the Czech general public: under title Recht und Religion in Mittel- und Osteuropa, Band 2 – Tschechien. It was the second volume of a widely understood encyclopaedia on legal adjustment of State-Churches relations of countries freed from Communism after 1989. The Culture Councillor of the Austrian Embassy in Prague and the Austrian Culture Forum director, Mr Walter Persché, at six p.m. festively opened the event and presented both the coordinators of the volume – Dr. iur. Wolfgang Wieshaider of the Vienna University School of Law, and Doc. JUDr. Jiří Rajmund Tretera of the Charles University School of Law. They remarked on the work of all fifteen co-authors: two Austrian and thirteen Czech. Most of them were present at the event.


The main speech was given by Rev. ICDr. JUDr. Stanislav Přibyl Ph.D. He outlined the meaning and essence of the work as a whole as well as the specific parts. In this issue of our Review there is the possibility to see the speech in a slightly edited print-version.


Lively discusion of participants holding a glass of wine closed the event. WUV – Universitätsverlag Publishing House representative in Vienna started selling the book.


The book contains 176 pages of concise text. It also includes German translation f legislative texts related to state ecclesiastical law of the Czech Republic and detailed summary in English.


At the end follows the list of authors: Ing. Petr Balažík, Rev. Mgr. Miroslav Brož, Rev. Ing. Miloslav Fiala OPraem, Lieutenant-Colonel Mons. Tomáš Holub, JUDr. Záboj Horák Ph.D., Prof. PhDr. Emilia Hrabovec, JUDr. Štěpán Hůlka, Mgr. Stanislav Hykyš, Doc. JUDr. Vladimír Kindl, Ing. Stanislav Kosík, Rev. ICDr. JUDr. Stanislav Přibyl Ph.D., JUDr. Pavel Rameš, Rev. Doc. JUDr. Jiří Rajmund Tretera OP, Dr. iur. Wolfgang Wieshaider and JUDr. Pavel Zeman.


The book was shielded by workers of the Center for Law and Religion of the University of Vienna School of Law, led by Prof. Dr. iur. Richard Potz, and officer at the section of churches at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Culture, Prof. Dr. theol. Karl Schwarz.


You can buy it at Oliva Bookstore, Prague 1-Staré Město, Jilská 7, Linde Bookstore, Prague 1, Opletalova 35, and Jiří Švanderlík Bookstore, Charles University School of Law.


General Meeting of the Church Law Society

Proceeded regularly on May 12, 2004, at 4:30 p.m., in the Reading Room of the Dominican Priory of Prague, Husova 8. Annual Report on Activity of the Church Law Society was given out on spot, additional issues are at hand in the archive in the Working Room of the Society. Current compound of the management of the Society is published on our website.


Paper of the Director of the Institute for State-Churches Relations, Bratislava

Just after the GM, at 6 p.m. in the Priory Reading Room there was held the 45th evening in the range of papers and discussions in Effect of Law on Common Society and Church. Mgr. Michaela Moravčíková gave a paper on State and Church in Present Slovakia. High interest of participants and the expert speech of the director caused the discussions in the Reading Room as well as with a glas of wine in the provincialate went on until late night.


Church Law Review won the Prize of Karlsbader Juristentage

On June 11, 2004 Church Law Review was awarded the Prestigious Prize of the Society of German, Czech and Slovak Lawyers Karlsbader Juristentage as the best of the juristic periodicals published in the Czech Republic or in the Slovak Republic for the last year. 24 juristic periodicals from both the states participated in the competition.



On April 1, 2004, our member, Doc. ICLic. ThDr. Ján Duda, judicial vicar of the Spiš Diocese, was cum laude proclaimed a professor of Comenius University in Bratislava.


On April 24, 2004, a significant life jubilee, 75th birthday, came to a honorary member of our Society, Prof. Dr. iur. Heiner Marré from Gladbeck, professor at University of Bochum, emerit head of the Legal Department of the Episcopate Essen, worldwide known as a key author of scientific works on present financing of churches in Germany and other European countries. For our Society gave a paper during the international conference 1st Prague Discussions on Relations of State and Church at the Charles University School of Law on September 6, 1996.


On April 24, 2004, in the church of St Theresa of Lisieux in Prague 8-Kobylisy, a marriage was entered into by Lenka Konečná and Mgr. Martin Vaňáč, director of the Institute for Ecumenical Studies in Prague and a long-term member of our Society.


On May 28, 2004, Mgr. Kamila Bubelová, Assistant at the University of Olomouc, member of our Society, obtained degree of Ph.D., in Roman law, at the Masaryk University in Brno.


On June 15, 2004, Martin Hladký, the member of our Society from Piešťany (Slovakia), after successfully study in politics at the University of Trnava (Slovakia), obtained the Master degree.


On June 26, 2004, in the church of St. Wenceslas in Prague-Bohnice, a marriage will be entered into by Mgr. Gabriela Šenková and JUDr. Adam Bašný, member of the Executive Board of our Society.



We regretted to hear on May 27, 2004, in a hospital-home in Červený Kostelec, Ing. Dagmar Kováčová deceased after a lengthy illness, aged 64. She was a founding member of our Society and our close co-worker. It was before all her effort that the work of Academic Weeks continued after the decease of a Dominican terciary and priest Rev. Jaroslav Knittl in 1994, who from the order received the work and kept on steadily going in Nové Město nad Metují. On contrary, the work gained a great spread and popularity.




Short News


Essener Gespräche über Staat und Kirche (39)

March 13-16, 2004 in Mülheim an der Ruhr as every year this time the said conference took place. 114 experts of state ecclesiastical law from Germany, Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Greece and the Czech Republic were present. On both the days the conference activities, raging discussions inclusive, were moderated by Prof. Dr. iur. Christian Starck from Göttingen. On Monday, March 15, 2004 in the morning, Prof. Dr. Karl Gabriel of University of Münster gave a paper on Religionen und ihre Stellung zum Staateine soziologische Bestandsaufnahme.


On Monday, March 15, 2004 in the afternoon, Prof. Dr.h.c.mult. Eberhard Jüngel DD. of University of Tübingen gave a paper on Religionen, Zivilreligionen und christlicher Glaube – in einer pluralistischen Gesellschaft. On Tuesday, March 16, 2004 a paper was given by Prof. Dr. iur. Paul Kirchhof of University of Heidelberg on Die Freiheit der Religionen und ihr unterschiedlicher Beitrag zu einem freien Gemeinwesen.


Scientific conference on Incorporated Parishes

College of Catholic Theology, Charles University, Prague, held a scientific conference on March 16, 2004. Here a paper was given by Prof. JUDr. ThDr. Miroslav Zedníček on subject ofRelation of Religious Associations and Parishes“, Doc. ICLic. JUDr. Antonín I. Hrdina on subject ofIncorporation in CIC/1917 and CIC/1983“ and ICDr. ThDr. Jiří Svoboda on subject ofThe Issue of Duration of Incorporation of a Parish de lege lata“.


Memorial Mass on Vyšehrad

On Saturday, March 20, 2004, at 9.30 a.m. a memorial mass for priest and religious victims of Nazism and Communism was served in the chapter dome of Vyšehrad; followed by honoring the deceased at the memorial in Vyšehrad Cemetary (music: The Prague Castle Guard). Regarding the members of our Society, among the present were doc. J. R. Tretera, JUDr. J. Kotous, doc. A. I. Hrdina, dr. M. Černý, JUDr. R. Makarius, RNDr. F. Skřivánek.