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2018 Spring General Assembly of the CBCK

 

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea (CBCK) held its 2018 Spring General Assembly at the Conference Hall of the Catholic Conference of Korea from March 5 to 9, 2018. At the assembly the following decisions were made:

 

1. The bishops approved the Korean translation of the Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio by Pope Francis, De Concordia inter Codices, and of the provisions of Canon Law modified accordingly, which the CBCK Committee for Canonical Affairs (President: Most Rev. Paul Hwang Chul-soo) had completed and submitted. On May 31, 2016, Pope Francis issued De Concordia inter Codices which modified some norms of the Code of Canon Law with the aim of achieving harmony between the provisions of the Code of Canon Law and the Code of Canons of the Oriental Churches. The new Korean version of the Code of Canon Law will be published, in it all the provisions revised after the publication of the existing 1983 Code of Canon Law are incorporated.

 

2. The bishops deliberated on and approved new or revised drafts of the rules of the following CBCK National Committees: the Committee for Family & Life; the Pro-Life Activities (under the Committee for Family & Life); the Committee for the Reconciliation of the Korean People; the Committee for Bioethics; the Biblical Committee; the Committee for Ecology & Environment; the Committee for Commemoration of Martyrs & Pastoral Care of Pilgrimage; the Committee for Liturgy; the Committee for Justice & Peace; the Subcommittee for Labor Pastoral Care (under the Committee for Justice & Peace); the Subcommittee for Abolition of Capital Punishment (under the Committee for Justice & Peace); the Committee for Catholic Terminology.

 

3. The bishops decided to issue a statement on the 70th anniversary of the Jeju April 3rd Uprising and Massacre in the joint names of the members of the Episcopal Commission for Social Affairs, on Easter Sunday (April 1, 2018). The statement is in memory of the victims and is pointed towards the evangelical meaning of peace and reconciliation all which takes place in the light of the resurrection.

 

4. The bishops appointed presidents of some CBCK National Committees and assigned the member bishops of the CBCK Episcopal Commissions as follows (* newly elected):

 

- Episcopal Commission for Doctrine

Chairman: Most Rev. John Chrysostom Kwon Hyeok-ju

Members: Most Rev. Basil Cho Kyu-man (President, Committee for Catechesis) *

Most Rev. Paul Hwang Chul-soo (President, Committee for Canonical Affairs)

Most Rev. Hyginus Kim Hee-joong (President, Committee for Promoting Christian Unity & Interreligious Dialogue)

Most Rev. Matthias Ri Iong-hoon (President, Committee for Bioethics)

Most Rev. Augustinus Kim Jong-soo (President, Biblical Committee) *

Most Rev. John Chrysostom Kwon Hyeok-ju (President, Committee for the Doctrine of the Faith) *

Most Rev. John Bosco Chang Shin-ho (President, Committee for Liturgy) *

Most Rev. Thaddeus CHO Hwan-kil *

 

- Episcopal Commission for Social Affairs

Chairman: Most Rev. Lazzaro You Heung-sik

Members: Most Rev. Pius Moon Chang-woo (President, Committee on Education) *

Most Rev. John Baptist Jung Shin-chul (President, Committee for the Pastoral Care of Migrants & Foreign Residents Living in Korea) *

Most Rev. Simon Ok Hyun-jin (President, Committee for Social Communications) *

Most Rev. Timothy Yu Gyoung Chon (President, Caritas Committee) *

Most Rev. Peter Kang U-il (President, Committee for Ecology & Environment)

Most Rev. Constantine BAE Ki Hyen (President, Committee for Justice & Peace) *

Most Rev. Lazzaro You Heung-sik *

Most Rev. Lucas Kim Woon-hoe (Chairperson, Caritas Korea International)

 

- Episcopal Commission for Mission & Pastoral Care

Chairman: Most Rev. Peter Lee Ki-heon

Members: Most Rev. Linus Lee Seong Hyo (President, Committee for Family & Life)

Most Rev. Gabriel Chang Bong-hun (President, Committee for Culture & Art)

Most Rev. Peter Lee Ki-heon (President, Committee for the Reconciliation of the Korean People)

Most Rev. Joseph Son Sam-seok (President, Committee for Evangelization and Mission) *

Most Rev. John Kim Sontae (President, Committee for Commemoration of Martyrs & Pastoral Care of Pilgrimages)

Most Rev. Peter Chung Soon-Taick (President, Committee for Youth Ministry)

Most Rev. Benedictus Son Hee-Song (President, Committee for the Lay Apostolate) *

Most Rev. John Moon Hee Jong (President, Committee for Foreign Mission Work and Pastoral Care of Overseas Koreans)

Most Rev. Francis Xavier Yu Soo-il (Moderator in charge of Health Pastoral Care)

Most Rev. Job Koo Yobi (Moderator in Charge of Religious and Missionary Institutes)

 

5. The bishops elected the Most Rev. Basil Cho Kyu-man and the Most Rev. Peter Chung Soon-Taick as delegates for the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (scheduled for October 3 to 28, 2018 with the theme “Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment”).

 

6. The bishops reappointed Rev. Thomas Aquinas Kim Joon Chul as the CBCK Executive Secretary and the CCK General Secretary with a second three-year term of office from 2018 to 2020.

 

7. Regarding the recent case of sexual violence perpetuated by a priest, the bishops discussed some necessary measures to be taken by the Catholic Church in Korea and made the following decisions:

 

1) “The CBCK Special Committee for the Prevention of Sexual Violence in the Church” (tentative title) is to be established so that on an institutional level sexual assaults and sexual scandals involving Catholic priests may be prevented. The President of the CBCK will serve as the ex officio president of the Special Committee, and he is to be assisted by about ten members made up of experts drawn from the clergy, religious, laymen and laywomen.

The Special Committee’s activities shall include research in the following areas:

a joint study to deal with sexual assault (sexual violence) perpetrated by priests;

an analysis of the causes of sexual violence and discrimination among priests, religious and the faithful in the Church, and a study and proposal for systematical improvements in this area including the Church’s renewal;

a study on the legal procedure in relation to a priest accused of sexual assault and on the planning for priestly formation and the ongoing formation of priests in this area;

a study on the protection of human rights and support plans for victims of sexual violence.

 

2) Each diocese will set up a channel at their diocesan office to receive reports of incidents of sexual assault in the Church. To do this, each diocese will designate a diocesan reception place for victims and guide the faithful on how to report incidents of sexual violence, if needed. In addition, a phone number and an e-mail address for the purpose of reporting incidents will be announced and pastoral measures put in place so that the diocesan bishop can directly deal with cases received.

 

3) Priests are to be actively trained in ecclesiastical guidelines and regulations, in accordance with the rules of both canon and civil laws, concerning punishments and penalties for perpetrators in the cases of sexual violence.

 

4) It will be required to thoroughly familiarize seminarians and priests with the gravity of sexual assault during initial and ongoing formation of priests, and to provide relevant education for all clergy in all seminaries and dioceses. The diocesan bishops recommend renewal for priests on appropriate occasions: the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests, priestly training programs and retreats. Such renewal ought to emphasize periodical examination of conscience, regular confession, and all ecclesiastical regulations on the ministry and the life of priests.

 

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750 Messages for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 2009.08.14 13038
749 Statement Against the Legislation of a Law on So-Called 'Dignified Death' Recognized as an Euthanasia 2009.08.27 12157
748 The First Joint Retreat of Catholics and Protestants 2010.08.31 11481
747 Message for the 96th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2010 2010.04.16 11400
746 Prohibition of the Sacrament of Matrimony for the Migrant Women in Disguised Marriage 2010.11.22 11368
745 Decree of the Bishop of Suwon on the Private Revelation of Theresa Hwang of Sangju Date 2008-10-17 2009.08.27 11064
744 A Documentary Film on the Life of a Korean Missionary Priest is a Good Box Office 2010.11.01 10852
743 Forum on the Cooperation of the Government and the Church with the Management of the Social Welfare Facilities 2010.11.01 10476
742 Benedictine Sr. Caritas, Mother of the Deaf-Dumb, Celebrates Her 88th Birthday 2009.08.24 10401
741 Inter-religious Youth Make Peace Pilgrimage 2009.08.24 10324
740 International Symposium Held to the Memory of Stephen Cardinal Kim 2009.09.25 10141
739 Presentation of the Petition for the Beatification of 124 Korean martyrs and Fr. Thomas Choe Yang-eo 2009.08.27 10054
738 Communications on Sept. 28, 2001 2009.08.24 9969
737 Message for the Week for the Sanctification of the Family 2010.12.23 9937
736 The Closing of the Tribunal Session for the Cause of the Beatification of 124 Korean Martyrs 2009.08.27 9781
735 Message for the 27th Human Rights Sunday 2009.08.27 9682
734 Handbook for Pilgrimage to Catholic Shrines in Korea 2011.08.26 9620
733 South Korean Priests and North Korean Catholics Join Hands to Commemorate Patriot An and Agree on Joint Excavation of His Remains 2009.08.24 9557
732 Reopening of the Museum of Jeoldusan Martyrs' Shrine 2009.09.21 9547

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