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Treaty between the Slovak Republic and the Holy See on pastoral care for Catholic believers in the armed forces and armed units of the Slovak Republic

The Slovak Republic, recognising its duty to secure proper conditions for a permanent and adequate pastoral care for the Catholic believers within the armed forces of the Slovak Republic, the Police Units, the Unit of Penitentiary Guards, the Railway Guards (further: “Armed Forces and Armed Units”), as well as for convicts sentenced by decision of a state authority,

and the Holy See, recognising the peculiar conditions of life and the need for a special form of pastoral care for the members of the Armed Forces and Armed Units, as well as for individuals deprived of their freedom by decision of a state authority,

proceeding from the Basic Treaty between the Slovak Republic and the Holy See signed at Vatican on November 24, 2000 ( further “Basic Treaty”),

agreed as follows:
Article 1

(1) The Holy See will establish an Ordinariate for the Armed Forces and Armed Units (further: “Ordinariate”) designed for the pastoral care of Catholic believers in the Armed Forces and Armed Units of the Slovak Republic and for persons deprived of their freedom by a decision of the state authority (further: “pastoral care”).
(2) The Ordinariate has a status of a diocese consistent with the Apostolic Constitution, Spirituali militum curae, and is simultaneously a special institution within the structure of the armed forces and the armed units. The Ordinariate enjoys the status of a legal entity in Canon Law. The Ordinariate is a legal entity according to the legal regulations of the Slovak Republic.
(3) The activity of the Ordinariate conforms to Canon Law, the Apostolic Constitution, Spirituali militum curae, with this Treaty, as well as with the legal regulations of the Slovak Republic.
Article 2

(1) An Ordinary is in charge of the Ordinariate for the Armed Forces and Armed Units (further: “Ordinary”). The Ordinary is a member of the Bishop’s Conference of Slovakia and is integrated in the body of the armed forces of the Slovak Republic. The seat of the Ordinariate is in Bratislava.

(2) The nomination of the Ordinary is the exclusive right of the Holy See.

(3) The powers of the Ordinary consistent with the Canon Law are personal, regular, virtual and cumulative with the powers of a local Ordinary.

(4) The Ordinary is authorised to communicate freely with priests, deacons, monks, students at seminaries (further: “Clerics”) and with all others performing pastoral care. He controls, upholds, and checks up their activities in accordance with the law governing the protection of classified information.
Article 3

In accordance with Canon Law, the Catholic believers who are under the jurisdiction of the Ordinariate are:

a.) members and employees of the Armed Forces and Armed Units, as well as the bodies of the state administration incorporated in them,

b.) their dependants, namely their married partners, children, including those off age living in the same household, as well as the relatives living in the same household,

c.) students and those attending schools of the armed forces, patients and the staff of health and social care institutions belonging to these bodies of the state administration,

d.) all Catholic believers nominated or approved by the Ordinary for a permanent service in accordance with Canon Law as it relates to the Ordinariate,

e.) persons serving their terms of imprisonment, in custody, or detainees.
Article 4

(1) The Ordinary is helped in his activities in accordance with Canon Law by the General Vicar, other Vicars, priests and deacons.

(2) The Ordinary at selecting the General Vicar and the other Vicars, as well as the priests and deacons for the pastoral care in his Ordinariate decides independently and exclusively. He decides on the nomination, transfer, removal from the service, and revocation in accordance with Canon Law.
Article 5

(1) The Diocesan Bishops and the higher dignitaries at institutions of ministerial and apostolic life will assign for the needs of the Ordinariate an adequate number of Clerics.. Diocesan Clerics can be inaugurated in the Ordinariate in accordance with Canon Law.
(2) In case of need, the Ordinary has the right, after agreement with the Diocesan bishop or with other dignitaries of institutions for ministerial and apostolic life, to assign their subordinate Clerics for a temporary or occasional assistance in the Ordinariate in accordance with Canon Law and in line with the legal regulations of the Slovak Republic.
Article 6

Clerics have the right to serve their military duty and equivalent civilian service in the form of pastoral care in the armed forces.
Article 7

(1) The priests and the deacons permanently authorised to provide pastoral care in the Ordinariate have certain rights and duties, which have been outlined by Canon Law for diocesan ministers and deacons, and they assume the position of employees within the relevant unit of the Armed Forces and Armed Units.

(2) Clerics who provide pastoral care in the Armed Forces and Armed Units have the right to freely communicate with the head of the Ordinariate in accordance with laws governing the protection of classified topics.
Article 8

(1) The pastoral care and performance of religious ceremonies are a part of the duties performed by the priests and deacons belonging to the Ordinariate.

(2) The priests and deacons deliver pastoral care only according to liturgical and canonical regulations.
Article 9

(1) If some cleric authorised to administer pastoral care is to be subject, during his service to a disciplinary punishment, which was not of a canonical nature, his superior in the armed forces or armed units will punish him after a prior agreement with the Ordinary.

(2) The Ordinary will inform his superior in the Armed Forces or Armed Units about the canonical punishments for a Cleric, so that he may take the necessary steps.
Article 10

(1.) The Slovak Republic will secure the funding and material needs of clerics working under the Ordinary, according the laws of the Slovak Republic.

(2.) The Slovak Republic will provide financially and materially for the activity for the Ordinariate in the armed forces, for the seat of the Ordinariate, for a church, for a residence for the Ordinary, and for proper places of worship.
Article 11

The Statute of the Ordinariate, drawn up by the Ordinary and published by the Holy See outlines in detail the Ordinariate’s activity, which is in accordance with the legal order of the Slovak Republic and the principles of this Treaty.
Article 12

The Slovak Republic and the Holy See (further: “Contracting Parties”) pledge to resolve through mutual consultation any discrepancies arising in the course of interpreting and implementing this Treaty.
Article 13

This Treaty can be changed and complemented on the basis of mutual agreement of contracting parties. Changes and additions must be made in written form.
Article 14

(1.) This Treaty is subject to ratification and comes into force the thirtieth day after the exchange of the ratification documents.

(2.) This Treaty has been concluded for an indefinite time and its force will come to end with the termination of Basic Treaty’s validity.
Signed on August 21, 2002 at Bratislava in two original versions, in the Slovak and Italian languages, both of which are authentic.

On behalf of the Slovak Republic
Jozef Stank

On behalf of the Holy See
Mons. Henryk Józef Nowacki


Translated from the Slovak original by Dr. Alexander Rehák of the Prometheus Society of Slovakia. The Italian version can be found at OLIR.

Slovenská republika, uznávajúc svoju povinnosť zabezpečiť vhodné podmienky na trvalú a primeranú duchovnú starostlivosť pre katolíckych veriacich v rámci Ozbrojených síl Slovenskej republiky, Policajného zboru, Zboru väzenskej a justičnej stráže, Železničnej polície, (ďalej len “ozbrojené sily a ozbrojené zbory”) a pre osoby zbavené slobody rozhodnutím štátneho orgánu, a Svätá stolica, uznávajúc osobitné životné podmienky a potrebu špecifickej formy duchovnej starostlivosti o príslušníkov ozbrojených síl a ozbrojených zborov a o osoby zbavené slobody rozhodnutím štátneho orgánu, vychádzajúc zo Základnej zmluvy medzi Slovenskou republikou a Svätou stolicou podpísanou vo Vatikáne 24. novembra 2000 (ďalej len “Základná zmluva”), dohodli sa takto:

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Text zmluvy uzavretej v roku 2000.

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MODUS VIVENDI

Posted: 27 augusta, 2010 in Zmluvy
Značky:,

Úmluva mezi republikou československou a Svatou stolicí sjednaná v lednu 1928 (vstoupil v platnost 2. února 1928)

Nóta čs. vlády ze dne 29. ledna 1928,
zaslaná Vatikánu ministrem zahraničních věcí dr. E. Benešem

Jeho Eminenci

kardinálu Gasparrimu, státnímu sekretáři Svaté stolice v Římě

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