Plenary of Czech bishops: Christian education is a priority

21. 10. 2016
Bishops of the Czech Republic and representatives of religious orders gathered on Oct. 17–19, 2016 in Vranov u Brna at their 107th plenary meeting. Discussions focused on schools, Christian education and catechesis.

Photo: Vít Kobza

Members of the Czech Bishops’ Conference met the representatives of catechetical centers and church schools to define specific areas, such as the presence of the Church in public schools, the identity of church schools and the role of school chaplains. These areas would be dealt with later, on the study day to be organized for bishops in 2017.

Bishops were also informed about an information material on the communication with the deaf in the Church and decided that the Czech Church would join the appeal “Bells for Aleppo” on Oct. 21–23.

The plenary was attended for the first time by a new auxiliary bishop of Brno, Msgr. Pavel Konzbul, who was appointed member of the conference’s Commission for Catholic Education and head of its catechetical department. Bishop František Lobkowicz of Ostrava-Opava handed over the leadership of the Commission for Economy and Law to Bishop Tomáš Holub of Plzeň, Auxiliary Bishop Karel Herbst of Prague was appointed member of the Commission for Clergy and Bishop Vlastimil Kročil of České Budějovice member of the Commission for Economy and Law.

Bishops were informed about some news concerning the website for on-line search of Catholic masses (bohosluzby.cirkev.cz): the application data would be linked up with the largest Czech map website Mapy.cz as a sign of opening churches to the public.

Members of the Czech Bishops’ Conference were also given information about the closing of the Holy Doors in the Czech Republic as the end of the Jubilee of Mercy on Nov. 13 and were presented outputs of the World Youth Day in Krakow.

The faithful could meet bishops during the mass celebrated on Oct. 18 in the cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul in Brno. The liturgy was presided over by Cardinal Dominik Duka, archbishop of Prague, and Bishop Jan Vokál of Hradec Králové delivered a homily.

 

Author: Jiří Gračka