A Public Theologian from "Atheist" Czechia: Tomáš Halík Turns Seventy

Czech theologian, sociologist, and Catholic priest Tomáš Halík (born June 1, 1948) will soon become a septuagenarian. By any measure, Halík has lived a remarkable life that has helped intellectually and spiritually shape a great number of people from...

May 31, 2018

Financing Churches in Slovakia: Debate and Dilemma

A fairly large portion of the Slovak public believes that an inordinately important concern of churches—especially the dominant Roman Catholic Church—is to pursue their economic interest and extend political influence. As a result, Slovak churches fa...

June 2, 2011

Religious Registration in the Slovak Republic: Constitutional yet Patently Problematic

Early last month, the Constitutional Court of the Slovak Republic rendered a long-awaited landmark decision on a complaint filed by Prosecutor General Dobroslav Trnka, who argued primarily that the present law governing the registration of churches a...

March 18, 2010

The Velvet Prophet: Vaclav Havel and his Message of Responsibility

This week marks the twenty-year anniversary of the beginning of the “Velvet Revolution” (or the “Gentle Revolution” as referred to by the Slovaks), which led to the rapid demise of the totalitarian regime in Czechoslovakia.  On November 17, 1989 in P...

November 19, 2009