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Bažnyčios Turtų Administravimas Lietuvos Respublikoje
Administration of the Church Property in the Republic of Lithuania

Author(s): Robertas Pukenis
Subject(s): History of Church(es), Civil Law, Canon Law / Church Law, Philosophy of Law
Published by: Visuomeninė organizacija »LOGOS«
Keywords: church property; Church; civil laws; canons;

Summary/Abstract: Church doctrine concerning church property is discussed in this article. The Church needs material means in implementing its apostolic mission. Church magisterial and legal canons declare that priests use material wealth modestly. Transparency and a determined order should exist in all accounts of all church property. The mission of the church is based on spiritual values; material ones are needed to maintain the cult, the priests and do good works – to support those in need. Church did much to support science, art and culture. It established many universities. The article also discusses the new institutions, established after the IInd Vatican Meeting: the activity of a purser in the Diocese, economical services in the Diocese and economical services in the Parish. The role of ordinary people in administrating Church property is also touched upon. Several canons require that the administrators of Church property obey the civil laws of that country, if they do not contradict the birthright. Inescapably, we face the problems of property return in the Republic of Lithuania. The laws of the democratic Republic of Lithuania consider religious communities as juridical persons. The main laws of civil authorities provide information about the return of Church property and its use for the Church.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 68
  • Page Range: 114-128
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Lithuanian