Bishops met at their 106th plenary

Bishops of the Czech Republic and representatives of religious orders met in Velehrad on July 6–7, 2016 for their plenary meeting.
Published: 8. 7. 2016 22:00

Following the celebration of the National Pilgrimage to Sts. Cyril and Methodius, it was the Czech Bishops’ Conference’s first gathering after the episcopal ordination of the secretary general, Msgr. Tomáš Holub, recently appointed bishop of Plzeň, and after the election of Father Stanislav Přibyl as a new secretary general.

Bishops get acquainted with the situation of the Church and evaluated the current state of the property settlement between the State and churches. In this context, they declared their willingness to withdraw lawsuits, filed by dioceses against regional councils in order to foster cooperation in social, cultural, and educational fields.

They also approved dates of important events of the bishops’ conference in 2017 and authorized an invitation for Pope Francis to visit Prague in the next year.

The participants were informed about the Czech gift to the Vatican. A statue of St. Agnes of Bohemia, made of sandstone, will be handed over on Sept. 10, 2016 by representatives of the State, of the Hradec Králové Region, of the Caritas Czech Republic, and of the Church (the delegation will be led by Bishop Jan Vokál of Hradec Králové). The piece of art would then be located in the catacombs of the St. Peter’s basilica.

Bishop Tomáš Holub was appointed new member of the Czech Bishops’ Conference’s Commission for Economy and Law and the Commission for Catholic Education (section of regional schools). Secretary general Father Stanislav Přibyl will replace Msgr. Holub in the Council for Spiritual Care in Prisons.

The next plenary meeting will be held in Vranov u Brna on Oct. 17–19, 2016 and will be accompanied by a study day on schools.

Jiří Gračka