Religion, Law and Covid-19 Emergency
Why this site?
The health emergency caused by the contagious virus SARS-CoV-2 is having many consequences also on religious rules – more broadly for the difficulties raising from the possible contradiction between the respect for the measures taken by civil authorities and religious rules. International law allows for the limitation˝ of the right to religious freedom on the grounds of protection of public health, and we are witnessing a situation of unprecedented restrictions on the global scale. As scholars engaged in the study of the legal regulation of the religious phenomenon, we have wanted to create a space to collect documents, comments and other useful materials related to the emergency, in order to assess the outcomes of the normative choices made by civil and religious authorities.
L’emergenza sanitaria prodotta dal contagioso virus SARS-CoV-2 sta producendo molte conseguenze anche sulle regole religiose, e più in generale sulle difficoltà che nascono in forza della potenziale contraddizione che può determinarsi fra il rispetto delle regole imposte dalle autorità civili e le regole religiose. Le norme internazionali ammettono che la libertà religiosa possa essere ristretta dalla legge per motivi di sanità pubblica, e stiamo assistendo ad un esercizio di restrizione su scala mondiale mai registrato in precedenza. Nella qualità di accademici impegnati nello studio della disciplina giuridica del fenomeno religioso, abbiamo pensato di creare uno spazio di raccolta di documenti, commenti, e altro materiale utile intanto ad affrontare l’emergenza, e in prospettiva a studiare gli esiti delle scelte normative che le istituzioni civili e quelle religiose stanno compiendo.
by Massimo Faggioli
The relationship between scientists, politicians, and the churches/religious groups could take on a particular dimension in the United States, and not just because of a very plural and polarized religious landscape even within one same religious tradition.
by Gabriele Fattori
In the global emergency of COVID-19 three selected episodes, one in South Korea, one in Italy and one in Pakistan, demonstrate how religion, sometime and at any latitude, can still be a very strong motive which leads, in the name of faith, to challenge the democratic laws (where they exist) or common sense, the scientific evidence and, as in these cases, even fate.
The Republic of San Marino and the practice of worship in the Covid-19 era: between history, common law and emergency decrees.
by Antonello De Oto
Only a few years after Garibaldi’s “escape” in San Marino, where the hero of the two worlds found hospitality hunted by the Austrians in the most serious hour, a new fearful danger for the survival of the oldest Republic in the world loomed on the horizon.
Freedom of the Profession versus the Health Emergency: The Physical and Spiritual Protection of the Lutheran Citizen
by Giuseppina Scala
On the 11th of March, the Swedish Government adopted, in response to the health emergency from Covid-19, the ordinance SFS 2020: 114, which entered into force the following day. This provision prohibits, until further notice, gatherings and public events throughout Sweden with the participation of over five hundred people
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 8, 2020 USCIRF Condemns the Stigmatization of Religious Minorities during COVID-19 Pandemic Washington, DC – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today expressed its concern over reports that religious minority groups from around the world have faced discrimination because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Religious communities have been harassed and …
Here: https://www.thetablet.co.uk/features/2/17845/pope-francis-says-pandemic-can-be-a-place-of-conversion- Pope Francis leads a prayer service in St Peter’s Square, empty because of the coronavirus Photo: CNS/Vatican Media In an exclusive interview recorded for The Tablet – his first for a UK publication – Pope Francis says that this extraordinary Lent and Eastertide could be a moment of creativity and conversion for the Church, …
A webite by Episcopal Conference of Colombia about Church and coronavirus. See here: https://iglesiaantecoronavirus.cec.org.co/
A web seminar series about strategies and initiatives of governments and religious groups to deal with Covid19 emergency organized by the Cambridge Institute on Religion and International Studies, the Center for Religious Studies at Bruno Kessler Foundation, the Center for Justice and Society at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Law School-Rio de Janeiro, the International Center …
- USCIRF Condemns the Stigmatization of Religious Minorities during COVID-19 Pandemic
- Italian Episcopal Conference: a help to recovery
- The Tablet – Exclusive interview to Pope Francis: Pandemic can be a ‘place of conversion’
- In Brazil evangelicals deny the dangerousness of the coronavirus
- “Iglesia ante Coronavirus, Accion pastorales frente a la emergencia sanitaria del Covid-19”
- “COVID-19, Religion and Belief” Webinar Series 9-16-23 April
- Episcopal Conference of Colombia – a website about Church and Coronavirus
- Evangélicos fazem coro com Bolsonaro e negam riscos do coronavírus
- Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina – Reflexiones del Instituto de Bioética de la UCA en tiempos de Covid-19
- Hamilton, Toxic Religious Liberty in the COVID-19 Era
- What can we Learn about Religion and COVID-19 from the Epidemic of 1616? An interview with Matthew Rowley
- The Hajj in Times of Epidemics
- COVID-19 and Pentecostals in Africa
- Curt Landry Says Christians Must Listen to Trump, Not Experts, About the Coronavirus
- The US churches and pastors ignoring ‘stay-at-home’ orders
- A Plague of Confusion: Coronavirus and Passover
- Texas, The Attorney General – Guidance for Houses of Worship During the COVID-19 Crisis
- FQ – Coronavirus, Holy Week and the pandemic. Mons. Spreafico “Rites online?” Benefit. Jesus did not have social networks, but he would have use them.