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Legal liability and management financial responsibility of ecclesiastical bodies

conference study sessions organized by the group of research on the support of the Catholic Church (GISIC).

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Professor Jorge Mira during his discussion paper on the management assistant canonical responsibility of the ecclesiastical authority in the administration of goods. PHOTO: Manuel Castells
06/06/14 17:30

On June 3 and 4 took place at the University of Navarra the study conference organized by the group of research on the support of the Catholic Church(GISIC) of the School of Canon Law. The topic chosen for this year was "Legal responsibility and economic management of ecclesiastical entities". The celebration of these conference offers a suitable framework for reflection and dialogue among the participants.

About 60 experts, including those responsible for the economic management of 25 dioceses, had the opportunity to reflect together with specialists in different areas of law and Economics, both from the civil and canonical point of view. The management assistant, canonical, commercial, labor, criminal and tax dimensions of legal responsibility in the economic management of ecclesiastical entities were addressed in 9 presentations.

The Full Professor Miguel Alfonso Martínez de Echevarría, from the School of Economics of the University of Navarra referred to the work, describing it in core topic donal. He emphasized the importance and the weight that the sense of work has in the realization of any person. "Man can work if he accepts that his end is a gift". The understanding of work in the service of the economic management of the ecclesiastical entities as a gift implies the positive evaluation of its repercussion on the whole mission statement of the Church, not only in its material dimension. The professor is the author of the book"Rethinking the work", recently published.

Fernando Sarrais, a psychiatrist from the University of Navarra Clinic, spoke at discussion paper "Taking care of oneself in order to serve the Church. The greatest responsibility", and warned that psychic fatigue is the most difficult to detect, because it has to do with emotions and feelings. Fernando Sarrais is the author of the book"Aprendiendo a vivir: el descanso"(Learning to live: rest).

Eugenio Simón Acosta and Javier Muñoz Cuesta highlighted the tax and criminal dimensions, respectively, of the legal responsibility in the management of Church assets. The canonical perspective was addressed by Jorge Miras and Jesús Miñambres. The approach to management assistant and environmental liability was given by Professor Ángel María Ruiz de Apodaca at position . Professor Inmaculada Baviera was in charge of the labor area. Finally, Full Professor Eduardo Valpuesta spoke on the possible commercial and civil liability of administrators.

The joint reflection of experts in the management and specialists in the legal repercussions of their actions reflects the importance of rigorous compliance with civil laws, as recommended by the current Canon Law and is internship common in the administration of Church goods. Protecting the purposes of the Church and the will of donors are paramount for those who manage goods donated to the community. "Caring for the poor and the most needy demands professionalism in this area as an evangelical witness to the mercy and salvation that God offers us through the Church," stressed Professor Zalbidea, one of the organizers of the study conference . Precisely for this reason, he added that "the real contribution is made by the interventions of the participants who are those who really know first hand the economic management of the ecclesiastical entities".