Bishops met at their 112th plenary in Prague

On Jan. 23 – 24, 2018, the 112th plenary meeting of the Czech Bishops’ Conference took place at the Prague Archbishopric. The event was preceded by an ecumenical prayer on Monday evening.
Published: 25. 1. 2018 8:00

Photo by František Jemelka

Bishops of the Czech Republic and representatives of men and women religious orders were informed about the latest happenings in the Church. They also confirmed the Church’s earlier statement that a taxation of the compensation given to the Church within the property settlement procedure is impossible; at the same time, they stressed the necessity to repeat the facts testifying that the property settlement is beneficial for the entire society. Cardinal Dominik Duka informed about the church celebrations of the centenary of Czechoslovakia to be held during the St. Wenceslaus pilgrimage in Stará Boleslav in the end of September or during the transport of the remains of Cardinal Josef Beran from the Vatican to the Czech Republic in April.

Participants of the plenary chose a delegate for the Synod on Young People to take place in Rome this October; representing the Czech Bishops’ Conference (CBC) will be Bishop Tomáš Holub of Plzeň and Bishop Pavel Posád, Auxiliary of České Budějovice, is a substitute. Elected were also new members of CBC’s commissions and councils: Bishop Martin David, Auxiliary of Ostrava-Opava, will be a new member of the Commission for Liturgy; Bishop Tomáš Holub will replace Bishop František Radkovský, Emeritus of Plzeň, as a head of the Council for Ecumenism; Bishop Josef Nuzík, Auxiliary of Olomouc, will take care of the Council for the Family instead of Bishop Vojtěch Cikrle of Brno; the Council for the Pastoral Care of the Roma People, Minorities and Migrants will be newly lead by Bishop Martin David instead of Greek Catholic Bishop Ladislav Hučko; the Council for Culture and Monuments will be headed by Bishop Antonín Basler, Auxiliary of Olomouc; and the Council for Health Care has been entrusted to Msgr. Zdenek Wasserbauer, who was appointed a new auxiliary bishop of the Prague Archdiocese only a day earlier.

Bishops approved that a collection would take place to support the repatriation of the migrants in the Middle East. The collection with the aim of helping those in need right in the place is planned for April 15, it will be organized together with the Caritas Czech Republic.

Several guests attended the plenary as well. Tomáš Kraus from the Federation of Jewish Communities described manifestations of a new anti-Semitism in Europe, representatives of the Association of Municipal and Private Forest Owners spoke about careful and sustainable management of forests and Father Jan Balík informed about the preparations related to the candidacy of the Czech Republic for the World Youth Day in 2022.

General Secretary of the CBC Father Stanislav Přibyl presented the preparations for the introduction of the EU General Data Protection Regulation in the Czech Church: model documents for the processing of personal data are being prepared together with necessary technical arrangements. These tools would be presented to dioceses and religious orders and would serve in dioceses, parishes, charities, church schools and in other places.

Next plenary meeting of the Czech Bishops’ Conference is to be held in Nitra, Slovakia, on April 9 – 11, 2018.

Jiří Gračka

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