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“Ecumeny and Law” 2019, Vol. 7: Idea of Synodality: Contexts, Challenges and Perspectives

An open forum provided for the legal thought, gives the Church an occasion to engage in dialogue with the world that concerns the way of implementing such universal principles as: respect for life, dignity and rights of the human being, freedom, tolerance and, in a wider social dimension – advocating the value of marriage, family, as well as solidarity with the less fortunate. The need to perpetuate this dialogue has found its actualization in a canonic periodical “Ecumeny and Law”. Therein, the meeting of theologians representing various Christian Churches, and more broadly, the encounter of scholars affiliated to ecumenical movement, with the representatives of legal studies – has as its aim the demonstration of full ecumenical potential of the canon law. The kernel of this dialogue is to call for human being’s subjectivity and unalienable rights, to champion justice, which – in practical terms translates into ensuring the “here-and-now” justice within the basic communities: marriages and families, and consequently – within the societies and nations of nowadays Europe. The said perspective is a guiding principle for the Authors/co-creators of the 7th volume of the journal, devoted to the titular “Idea of Synodality”. The subject of the scientific contemplation is one of the parameters of self-identification of the Christ Church, determinants of her renewal in the spirit of communio, and first and foremost the litmus paper of the responsibility of all baptized for the realization of, universal in its humanism, Church’s mission.

Part One
Ecumenical Theological Thought

Stanislav Přibyl, Participative Decision-Making of the Faithful in the Church

Nicolae V. Dură, The Regime of the Synodality in the Eastern Church of the First Millennium and its Canonical Basis

Marcin Hintz, Synod as the Embodiment of the Church – the Evolution of Lutheran Understanding of Synodality

Andrzej Pastwa, Synodality – Participation – Co-Responsibility. Remarks on the Determinants of the Aggiornamento of the Church Law

Przemysław Sawa, Synodality, Discernment, Catholic Movements

Part Two
Ecumenical Juridical Thought

Wojciech Góralski, Diocesan Synod Today – in what Shape?

Piotr Kroczek, Diocesan Synod from the Catholic and Lutheran Perspectives

Cătălina Mititelu, The Council of a Metropolitan See and its Canonical Basis. An Orthodox Perspective

Stephan Haering, Synods and Synodal Processes in Germany after the Second Vatican Council

Adrian Loretan, Swiss Synodality after Vatican II

Damián Němec, Diocesan Synods in the Czech Republic – an Unused Instrument?

Monika Menke, Plenary Council in the Czech Republic (1997-2005)


“Ecumeny and Law” 2020, Vol. 8: Migration – Ecumenism – Integration