Cardinal Peter Erde’s four volumes of Canon Law Studies were presented at Budapest Hungarian Post
Géza Kuminetz, President of the Catholic University of Péter Pázmány (PPKE), noted, regarding study sizes, that he is in an easy and difficult position at the same time. “On the one hand, it is always easy to praise good work, and on the other hand, flexibility must be shown, as is the way the author approaches the topic under investigation and comes up with a solution.”
The rector briefly described the work of Cardinal Peter Erde, and introduced the man of science, which is motivated by the knowledge of truth and life adapted to the recognized truth. In his view, the scientist also sees in the midst of his efforts that the truth is often hidden, and does not give up easily, “for he often wears a mask, and error often takes on the mantle of truth. He is also motivated by fruitful skepticism, that is, systematic skepticism, but when it comes to certainty, It really surrenders to the truth, whatever the source.” And Jessa Komnitz added it
To be a scientist is a profession, which means the unconditional service of the moral value in the subject of the profession.
The scientist is also developing and improving his way of being, his sensitivity to problems and honing his ability to express himself. Peter Erdo referred to the renewal and unification of the language of the Hungarian canon with the Hungarian translation of the new canon and its amendments.
The university president said: The science of canon law is the science of thinking. The Cardinal’s works are considered to be a remarkable work of thesis prose, which are not only scientific masterpieces but also rhetorical masterpieces. When they read, we can see the scientist, the bishop, the cardinal, that is, the man who is a follower of Christ the Redeemer, the Apostle. But we can also see him as a philosopher, theologian, and lawyer who mainly gives the title of his studies; Referring to what and how would consider it. He clarifies the essence of the problem, and his studies are distinguished by a background in the literature, as evidenced by an abundant and documented bibliography.
Géza Kuminetz then presented the three volumes of the study, grouped by the themes presented by the author. In the first two volumes – The right of the living ChurchAnd The Right to Tradition and Life of the Church The studies are arranged according to the applicable Latin books.
spirit of canon law. Ecclesiastical law in society and religious society Peter Erdo arranged his studies in a new structure in contrast to the two previous works. The title denotes the kind of spirit and spirit that permeates canon law, both in its creation, in its research, in its interpretation – and in its consequences in its application.
The right of the living Church The cardinal published 42 studies between 1985 and 2006. Each of them seeks an answer to an objective question related to canon law, such as the nature of the legal system of the Catholic Church, the characteristics of the prevailing human image, or what does fairness mean, and how should we correctly understand the supreme law of the Church the salvation of souls? How does the Catholic Church explain religious freedom? Who should be considered a Catholic? In the absence of a priest, how can laity and monks participate so intensely in the lives of parishioners? The issue of protecting the fetus is a sensitive question, and what is the Catholic answer to that? Why does the church need a criminal law? The dean of the Catholic University noted.
the The Right to Tradition and Life of the Church It contains 19 studies in which we can find out how the Catholic Church sees the standing of itself and the state in society, and what the concept of sovereignty means. We can get a clear picture of the concept and characteristics of church office and church management approach. We can understand the place and purpose of papal primacy and papal tasks in the life of the Church. But we also get interesting information about how canon law punishes archers and slingers, and what health conditions canon law had in the Middle Ages. According to Jeza Komenitz, the introduction of the process of canonization of Saint Elizabeth has significance in the history of canon law.
spirit of canon law. Ecclesiastical law in society and religious society Cardinal Peter Erde selected twenty studies in the book. Five of these writings are about the priesthood, the parishioners, and the parishioners, almost attesting to the importance of this unit and their leader. The volume deals with the founding of the Synod of Bishops and sheds new light on the theological foundations of episcopal conferences. Four studies discuss the relationship between the state and the church.
In short, Géza Kuminetz highlighted:
The three volumes of study represent Cardinal Peter Erde’s scientific spirit, his particular sensitivity to problems, and his plastic way of thinking. His work covers all areas of canon law.
Peter Szabo, President of the PPKE Graduate Institute of Ecclesiastical Law Peter Erde, Published Fall 2021 Il diritto canonico tra slavezza a realtà sociale (Canon law between salvation and social reality) He presented his study volume in Italian. The head of the institute pointed out that the book is a selection of the author’s scientific publishing activities over the past quarter century. The published studies are partly a result of the past teaching activities of the Principal at the University, but partly the fruits of his experience and a reflection of his church leadership and pastoral duties since 2002.
Peter Szabo confirmed that the volume was also shown in Italy last November: first at the Babylon Lateran University, where the cardinal studied canon law between 1977 and 1980, and then at the Faculty of Canon Law in Venice, where the same publication was published.
“The present selection contains only a fraction of Peter Erde’s scholarly writings, though his works are exemplary. For a more complete picture, it is worth noting that there are more than 650 items in the Library of Scholarly Works, including nearly 200 journal articles. It lists The bibliographical selection at the end of the volume contains nearly 200 works from the last quarter of the century, of which approximately 40 are classified as monographs.Let’s not forget that Peter Erdo has been the chief pastor of Hungary’s most populous diocese since 2002. He also served as the Presidency of the MKPK for ten years and the Presidency of the MKPK for ten years. Council of European Episcopal Conferences for 12 years (2005-2016). He is currently a member of seven prestigious central Roman authorities. Last but not least, in 2014 and 2015, he also served as rector for the two interrelated sessions of the Synod of Bishops. In light of this multifaceted occupation, The impressive bibliographic data above is even more surprising,” Peter Szabo noted, adding that Peter Erdo considered Italian studies only among his foreign language works when selecting his studies. Among these, articles that are not too tall, too bulky, or too short are omitted. Studies of legal history are not included in the volume, which, while professionally interesting, has no current or valid relevance.
According to the president of the Institute of Ecclesiastical Law, the almost unparalleled professional variety of Péter Erd is immediately apparent on the basis of the table of contents and especially the final bibliography that lists the fruits of 25 years. In canon law today, we hardly find any other author who is an outstanding expert in all seven areas of the Code, who is also an internationally recognized expert in the history of canon law, theology in canon law, and canon law of the state.
In his closing thought, Peter Szabo highlights that canon law is the name of at least three Hungarian lawyers from canon law from the twentieth century. It’s Stephen Sebos INCHERDIONHe became known through his publications, and Justinian Ceridi mainly through the publication of ancient manuscript sources. Both works had a great influence on canon law in different ways. The professional activity of Cardinal Peter Erdi shows a much broader picture than before. Through an objective discussion of the specific topics from the perspective of the fate of the Church, the volume of the study in Italian redirects attention to its author. “We can only hope that in the coming years Peter Erde’s basic ideas expressed in this volume will contribute increasingly to the renewal of the Church.”
After the book was presented, a professional conference was held on the topics of Khan’s law. University President Geza Komenitz The Catholic Church and material goods. Judicial and legal considerations He gave a lecture entitled.
Szabolcs Anzelm Szuromi spoke of the institutions of the consecrated life, the communities of the apostolic life, and the conditions of canon law for the founding of secular institutions. Lóránd Ujházi studied the relationship between state and church, Hungarian legislation, and governmental bodies performing tasks in religious affairs. Peter Szabo commented on the question of the canonical interpretation of the law.
Author: Zsuffa Tunde
Source: Diocese of Esztergom, Budapest
Photo: Attila Lambert