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Zapraszamy na konferencję „Marriage processes in the 21st century” 31 maja 2022

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We are very pleased to invite you to attend the international conference „Marriage processes in the 21st century”.

The conference aims to answer the problems and challenges that the modern world poses to theology and legal sciences, especially concerning marriage and family. The problem of their identity coupled with the postulates of redefining gender, determining it psychologically and culturally, and exerting pressure to change national, international and religious legislation, is now adding to a serious crisis of the durability of both institutions. The ambiguity in the formulation of concepts and the recognition of values, with the rapidly changing national and cultural fabric of societies in an era of migration, requires a scientific reflection that goes far beyond the horizon of Europe. New circumstances raise current questions about the shape and role of marriage and family in our lives, ways of support to overcome crises or reverse the disintegration process, and – last but not least – the development prospects of both discussed institutions with the support of law and theology.


Date, time and place of the conference: 31st May, 2022: Faculty of Theology of the University of Silesia, ul, Jordana 18, 40-043 Katowice (Poland), 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.; 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (CET) The conference will be held in hybrid mode (on site and online).

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Moderators: Prof. Ewa Rott-Pietrzyk, Prof. Tomasz Pietrzykowski, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland


9:00 Rev. Assoc. Prof. Jacek Kempa, Dean of the Faculty of Theology, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland: Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:15 Prof. Joseph Halevi Horowitz Weiler, New York University School of Law, USA: Divorce and Same Sex Marriage: Some Iconoclastic Views on the Role of Church and State

9:45 Discussion

10:00 Break

10:15 Most Rev. Prof. Teodosie Petrescu, PhD, Archbishop of Tomis, Ovidius University of Constanta, Romania: Selected Biblical Testimonies Regarding the Marriage

10:30 Prof. Nicolae V. Dură, PhD, Ovidius University of Constanta, Romania: About the Religious Marriage. From the Marriage by ”Confarreatio” to the Marriage as Sacrament (Μυστήριον / Sacramentum)

10:45 Assoc. Prof. Cătălina Mititelu, Prof. Bogdan Moise, PhD, Ovidius University of Constanta, Romania: The Right to Marriage According to the Provisions of the Main Legal Instruments of the U.N. and E.U.

11:00 Assoc. Prof. Magdalena Habdas, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland: A Total Eclipse of the Heart – Challenges of Modern Divorce Law in Poland

11:15 Rev. Prof. Piotr Kroczek, Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow, Poland: Diagnosis of the Condition of the Contemporary Polish Family Through the Prism of the Canonical Annulment of Marriage: A New Research Perspective

11:30 Monika Menke, PhD; Fr. Prof. Damián Němec OP, Palacký University Olomuc, Czech Republic: Church Tribunals During the Covid-19 Pandemic

11:45 Rev. Jiří Zámečník, ICLic., Palacký University Olomuc, Czech Republic: Marriage as a Sacrament in the Predominant Cultural Understanding of Marriage

12:00 Rev. Asst. Prof. Jurij Popovič, PhD, University of Presov, Slovakia: The Abbreviated Process Before the Bishop and Eecclesiastical Divorce in the Orthodox Churches

12:15 Adv. Esther Andrew Mdegipala, LLM, Jordan University College in Morogoro, Tanzania: The Nature of Marriage in Tanzania: A Reflection of Biblical Values

12:30 Closing remarks

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