From the Church Law Society


Remembering Professor ThDr. JUDr. Miroslav Zedníček (1931–2012)


When Church Law Review No. 51–1/2012 noted the 80th birthday of Professor ThDr. JUDr. Miroslav Zedníček, we did not realize that it would be so shortly thereafter that we would have to pay our fi nal respects to him. Professor Zedníček passed away in the Litoměřice hospital on Sunday, 19 February 2012. The funeral took place in Tišnov on Monday, 27 February 2012.


A detailed portrait of his life, entitledProfessor Miroslav Zedníček – A Catholic Priest, University Professor, and an Attorney at Eighty,” was published in the Bulletin of the Bar No. 11/2011 at p. 76. The author, JUDr. Petr Poledník, the vice-president of the Czech Bar Association and an attorney in Brno, wrote in detail about Professor Zedníček’s professional life. Among the other points he makes, he reminds readers that Miroslav Zedníček, who had served since 1961 as an assistant professor at the Litoměřice Theological School, was expelled from the School by the state administration in 1965. Miroslav Zedníček initiated a court proceeding concerning the invalidity of the act, in which he represented himself and won the case. This experience contributed to his ongoing interest in secular law and the work of the secular Bar.


At the end of his life, Professor Zedníček’s professional contribution was recognized at the 7th annual competition for all legal professions, which took place in Brno on 27 January 2012. In the competition, which is organized by and the Czech Bar Association, Professor Zedníček received the title Lawyer of the Year for 2011 in the category of Civil Law.


Congratulations to the Members of the Church Law Society


As of 15 January 2012 R. D. Mgr. Tomáš Roule was appointed a canon to the Metropolitan Chapter at St. Vitus in Prague.


On 26 March 2012, Rev.mus Miroslav Konštanc Adam OP, was appointed Rector of Pontifi cal University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. Rev.mus Bruno Cadoré OP, Master General of the Dominican Order, and Grand Chancellor of the University, passed him over the Decree of Nomination, with an approval of the Congregation for Catholic Education.


Brief News


New Cardinal Creation


The Holy Father announced the names of those elevated to the position of cardinal of the Holy Roman Church on the holiday of the Epiphany on 6 January 2012, at the Angel of the Lord prayer. One of the new cardinals is ThLic. Dominik Duka OP, Metropolitan Archbishop of Prague and the Primate of Bohemia. The elevation took place on Saturday, 18 February 2012, in Rome in the St. Peter Basilica, at a meeting of the Special Consistory of the College of Cardinals. Cardinal Dominik Duka was proclaimed a cardinal-priest of the Church of St. Marcelino and Peter in Rome (close to Lateran).


One of the new curial cardinals is the renowned canon law expert Francesco Coccopalmerio, a titular archbishop and the president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts.


Presentation of a Slovak Translation of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches


An international conference, “Ornamento Ecclesiae Omni”, took place on 22 February 2012 at the Greek Catholic Theological School in Prešov, Slovakia. The conference was organized on the occasion of the presentation of the offi cial Slovak version of the CCEO. Professor Leszek Adamowicz, from Lublin, and Associate Professor František Čitbaj, from Prešov, the translator of the Code, organized the conference. Among the speakers were Ján Babjak SJ, the Archbishop of Prešov, and Milan Chautur CSsR, the Eparchial Bishop of Košice. Among the presenters were Associate Professor Stanislav Přibyl, from the Theological School of the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, JUDr. Alena Krunková, from the University of Pavol Jozef Šafárik in Košice, and JCLic. Jurij Popovič, the Court Vicar of the Prešov Metropolis. The Slovak translation of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches can be purchased in any of the Greek Catholic bishopsoffices in Slovakia.