Religion, Law and Covid-19 Emergency
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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.
As scholars engaged in the study of the legal regulation of the religious phenomenon, we decided to create a web space to collect documents, comments and other useful materials related to the Covid-19 emergency, in order to assess the outcomes of the normative decisions made by state and religious authorities. So, on March 8th we …
by Rosa Geraci
The Coronavirus emergency has led the Government and local authorities to adopt measures restricting religious freedom. The Ordinances and Decree-Laws of recent weeks have actually ordered the suspension of collective rites and worship and the limitation of access to sacred places, in order to deal with the emergency situation and protect the health of citizens. The state of major emergency has forced the Government to take some specific measures, which obviously must be proportional and appropriate to the risk, including the suspension of civil and religious ceremonies and the limitation on entering places of worship.
by Caterina Gagliardi
The Covid-19 approach to the health emergency of Muslim countries may prove to be of considerable interest if one considers their specific social and legal connotations. For this reason, even though without any pretension of exhaustiveness, the following analysis proposes, on the one side, to understand to what extent the governmental dynamics of prevention of contagion – some of which are still in progress – have affected the systems of guarantee of liberties and fundamental rights; on the other side, it is intended to verify what has been the role of the Islamic religion in the process of adoption of the institutional responses to the crisis.
by Stefano Picciaredda
In the universe of religious worlds, reactions to the spread of the pandemic have been very different. As it has been observed, there have been examples of underestimation, exploitation, or even radical denial of Covid-19 harmful effects. Interpretations based on millenarianism have also flourished. Some examples of such conceptions in Africa and Latin America, are examined in the following pages.
by Daniela Tarantino
This year’s period of Lent, among the tribulations that have marked it, has also been characterized by the impossibility to participate in the liturgy and the sacraments, making the situation even more difficult for believers.
by Cătălin Raiu
Even if during the actual pandemic all states have imposed general restrictions regarding the conduct of religious activities, Romania is among the few democratic regimes in which the public authorities addressed liturgical recommendations. Fascinated by its despotic power, the state forced itself in the Chalice recommending abstention from the Eucharist. It did not do so for theological reasons, but from lack of democratic culture. Both international and national legislation are extremely precise regarding the regulation of worship: citizens are empowered with religious freedom, a right set at the base of the pyramid which is the rule of law and which is exercised also by taking part in the religious ceremonies conducted according to norms established by the religious organizations, based on their autonomy towards the neutral state from a religious standpoint.
DiReSoM As professors and researchers of law and religion in Italian public Universities, and as founders of the “Diresom” research group – which during this pandemic activated the first international web portal on Law, Religion and Coronavirus (www.diresom.net) – we are please submitting to the Italian government and to the religious bodies a contribution to …
https://www.mdpi.com/journal/laws/special_issues/religious_freedom Special Issue Editor Prof. Adelaide MaderaWebsiteGuest EditorDepartment of Law, University Of Messina, 98122 Messina, ItalyInterests: canon law, law and religion Special Issue Information Dear Colleagues, The so-called lockdown, imposed to restrain (or at least limit) the spread of COVID-19, had an overwhelming impact not only on our personal lives, but also on the exercise of …
Holy See – Statement after draft resolution “Comprehensive and Coordinated Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic”
The Holy See Makes Seven Points and One Reservation By H. E. Archbishop Gabriele Giordano CacciaApostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations Mr. President, At the outset, I want to express thanks to the co-coordinators, the Permanent Representative of Afghanistan, H. E. Adela Raz, and the Permanent Representative of …
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Peace be with you!
For several weeks now, we have all been living through something we did not expect and for which we had no time to prepare ourselves, no real precedents to guide us, no previous experience to reassure us. A microscopic virus has thrown the whole world into disarray, including our normal Catholic life.
- Webinar – “Law, Religion, and Coronavirus in the United States: A Six-Month Assessment”
- Laws – Special Issue “The Crisis of Religious Freedom in the Age of COVID-19 Pandemic”
- Greetings to Russia’s Jews on Rosh Hashanah
- BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF SCOTLAND – PASTORAL LETTER 5TH JUNE 2020
- Bishops’ Conference of Scotland – Working Group on COVID-19 – Guidance for churches
- ENGLAND COVID-19 – Advice on Individual Prayer by Members of the public in Church Buildings
- Reopening of the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina
- State Bar Group Calls for ‘Mandatory’ COVID-19 Vaccinations, Regardless of Objections
- JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES AND ITALIAN MINISTRY OF INTERIOR: COVID-19 PROTOCOL FOR THE CHRISTIAN CONGREGATION OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES
- Décret n° 2020-618 du 22 mai 2020 complétant le décret n° 2020-548 du 11 mai 2020 prescrivant les mesures générales nécessaires pour faire face à l’épidémie de covid-19 dans le cadre de l’état d’urgence sanitaire
- France – Décret du 22 mai : reprise des messes et lignes directrices
- Press release on the resumption of religious ceremonies
- UK – New taskforce developing plan to reopen places of worship
- Quadro sinottico relativo ai Protocolli per la ripresa delle celebrazioni delle confessioni diverse dalla cattolica
- Protocolli per le celebrazioni delle confessioni religiose diverse dalla cattolica
- France will be among the last European countries to restore the public celebration of cults
- Labor Office of the Holy See (U.L.S.A) Containment and prevention measures of SARS-COV-2 contagion in all work activities
- Ministry of Interior – Note of 13.05.2020 – Protocol concerning the gradual resumption of celebrations with the people