News from the Church Law Society
REVIEW 29 3/2004
From the Church Law Society
A. R. D. ICDr. PaedDr. Marián Feduš PhD., the Judicial Vicar of the Diocesan Court in Rožňava, Slovakia, and a member of the Church Law Society, received on 18 September 2004 in Bratislava, Slovakia, from the Apostolic Nuncio to Slovakia a Papal Decree appointing him a Chaplain to His Holiness with the title of Monsignor. We congratulate Mons. Marián Feduš warmly.
Mons. Eugen Kočiš, the Auxiliary Bishop of the Prague Greek Catholic Exarchate, donated a copy of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches to the Church Law Society. The publication includes an official translation in Ukrainian. We thank him for his generous donation.
On 29 September 2004 the 10th Church and State Conference was organized by the Brno chapter of the Church Law Society at the Law School of Masaryk University. In this issue of the Revue we include a report about the event by a participant.
Effective October 2004 a British member of the Church Law Society, P. Robert Ombres OP, was appointed a member of the General Curia of the Dominican Order to Sta. Sabina in Rome as Procurator General. The distinguished canon law expert most recently served as the Dominican Novice Master in Cambridge and before that in the same capacity in Oxford, where he was visited by three members of the Church Law Society Operating Committee in June 2000.
Charity Helps the Victims of the Terrorist Attack in Beslan
One of the first humanitarian organizations to offer help to the victims of the terrorist attack in Beslan, Ingusia, was the Charity. The humanitarian mission of the Czech Catholic Charity, active in the North Caucasus, distributed 15 types of the most-needed medicines and medical material in the amount of 60 000 RUB (approximately 2 000 USD). The aid was donated in the name of the international confederation of national Charity organizations, Caritas Internationalis, through the local Caritas Vladikavkaz and parish of Vladikavkaz on 3 September 2004.
The assistance was received by the physicians of the Republican Children’s Hospital, which treated 282 injured children, and the Republican Emergency Hospital, which treated more than 200 injured adults.
The Church corporation Czech Catholic Charity announced a public collection in the Bohemian and Moravian Dioceses to help victims of the Beslan attack. Further aid will be quickly forwarded in compliance with the recommendations of World Health Organization representatives and will be targeted specifically to those most in need in view of the current difficult situation.
The Evangelic Church of the Czech Brethren Becomes a Member of the Lutheran World Federation
The second largest church in the Czech lands belongs to the founding members of the ecumenical union of churches such as the World Council of Churches, the Conference of European Churches and the Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Czech Republic and also participates in the activities of the confession communions – the global communions of the same denominations (church “confederations”2 sui generis).
The Evangelic Church of the Czech Brethren, a coalition of evangelic churches of the Augsburg Confession and Helvetian Confession of the Czech language in Bohemia and Moravia, was formed on 17 December 1918 into one church and succeeded to the existing membership of the evangelic church of the Helvetian Confession in the Alliance of the Reformed Churches Throughout the World Holding the Presbyterian System (now called the World Alliance of Reformed Churches).
We received news that the Lutheran World Federation accepted at its meeting in Geneva on 7 September 2004 three new members: the Evangelic Church of the Czech Brethren, the Protestant Church in the Netherlands and the Evangelic Lutheran Church of Ghana.
The Lutheran World Federation, established in 1947 in Sweden with its seat today in Geneva, has 138 member churches in 77 countries and a total of almost 65 million members. It is a global communion of churches endorsing the Lutheran Augsburg Confession (1530) that wishes to strengthen cooperation in theology and diacony while providing mutual inspiration in a search for a common testimony of the Gospel.
These protestant churches are usually members of one of the confessional communions, normally the communion of the confession that the church endorses. However, the Evangelic Church of the Czech Brethren endorses four different confessions: Bohemian (1570), Brethren (1662), Augsburg (1530) and Helvetian (1566). Beginning in 2004 it is a member of an additional world confession communion; it now belongs to two different world confession communions.
Symposium of Canon Law in Spišská Kapitula, Slovakia
On 6–10 September 2004 the XII Symposium of Canon Law took place in Spišská Kapitula. The first Symposium occurred in September 1991. As is usual, there were also representatives of church courts and experts in legal science from the Czech lands participating and lecturing in addition to the hundreds of participants from Slovakia.
The Symposium took place under the personal and scientific patronage of Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, a strong supporter of Czechs and Slovaks, who was at that time the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature and is currently the Prefect of the Roman Congregation for Catholic Education, and Mons. Daniel Faltin, a Judge of the Roman Rota and a native of Spiš. The organizers were the Slovak Society for Canon Law and the Priest Seminary of the Bishop Ján Vojtaššák in Spišská Kapitula. In 1991–2000 the Symposium was organized annually, usually at the end of August, but it now takes place every other year – the XI Symposium took place
in September 2002 and the XII in September 2004. Detailed information about the last Symposium, provided by R.D. Ing. Mgr. Pavel Boukal, Vice-Chancellor of the Bishopric of Hradec Králové and a member of the Church Law Society, is available in this issue of the Revue, together with the text of the lecture that was presented by R. D. ICDr. JUDr. Stanislav Přibyl PhD.
The Conference La Pologne religieuse aux XIX–XX siècles dans le contexte international in Paris
An international conference focusing on the status of religion and religious societies in Poland in the 19th and 20th centuries in the international sphere took place on 21 and 22 October 2004 in the great amphitheater of the Catholic Institute in Paris. The Conference was organized by the Catholic Institute in Paris and the Institute of Central-East Europe of the Catholic University of Lublin.
Among the speakers were Prof. Jean-Paul Durand OP, the Dean of the Canon Law School of the Catholic Institute in Paris, R. D. Jerzy Kloczowski, the director of the Institute of Central-East Europe of the Catholic University of Lublin, and R. D. Andrzej Paczkowski from the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw.
The Conference Il Codice di Diritto Canonico e il nuovo Concordato vent’anni dopo in Bologna
A conference on the revision of the Code of Canon Law and of concordats took place on 29 and 30 October 2004 at Bologna University. Among the many experts from a number of countries who presented were Prof. G. Ghirlanda, on Fondamenti teologici del diritto ecclesiale, Cardinal J. Herranz on Dal Concilio Vaticano II alla nuova codificazione canonica, Cardinal A. Silvestrini on La revisione del Concordato come punto di approdo nell’ordinamento della Chiesa and Prof. F. Margiotta-Broglio on La revisione del Concordato come punto di approdo nell’ordinamento dello Stato.