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2021 Autumn General Assembly of the CBCK

2021 Autumn General Assembly of the CBCK

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea (President: Most Rev. Matthias Ri Iong-hoon) held its 2021 Autumn General Assembly at the CBCK Conference Hall from October 11 to 14, 2021. At this Assembly the following decisions were made:

  1. 1. The bishops decided to issue the message in the name of the Korean bishops: To Re-Promote the Miracle Inquisition of ‘Venerable Servant of God Father Thomas Choe Yang-eop.’ This message has intention to: inform the faithful of how the cause of the beatification for Venerable Father Thomas Choe; encourage the faithful to keep praying for the cause of veneration; ask the faithful to share any miraculous cases of healing which might be attributed to the intercession of Venerable Father Choe. In addition, the bishops agreed to send the Holy Father a letter in the name of the Korean bishops to express their gratitude for his concern for the Catholic Church in Korea, and their renewed commitment to the beatification of Venerable Father Thomas Choe.
  3. 2. The bishops approved the revised Korean version of Book VI of the Code of Canon Law, in accordance with Pope Francis’ Apostolic Constitution Pascite Gregem Dei dated May 23, 2021. The bishops also approved the Korean Translation of can. 230 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law, modified with the Apostolic Letter Spiritus Domini in the form of Motu Proprio issued by Pope Francis on January 10, 2021.
  5. 3. The bishops discussed the need to translate the term ‘Synodalitas’ more appropriately into Korean than the existing translation ‘공동합의성’ (similar to ‘communal consensus’ in Korean). As the term ‘Synodalitas’ denotes the structure and spirit of the journey, which requires the participation of the entire People of God, it involves listening and consultation in communion for discernment to seek and find the will of God. Because it is impossible to translate this profound and rich term into a single word in Korean, the bishops decided to transliterate the terms ‘Synod’ and ‘Synodalitas’ as ‘시노드’ (Sinodeu) and ‘시노달리타스’ (Sinodalitaseu) in Korean.
  7. 4. Regarding preparations for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, the bishops discussed the preparation of the “phase in the particular Churches and other ecclesial bodies”. Each diocese will hold opening celebrations on either October 15 or October 17, 2021. The dioceses will carry out the diocesan phase of listening to the voices of the People of God on the basis of the Preparatory Document and Vademecum; prepare their own synthesis through the diocesan consultation process by concretely sharing; submit the synthesis to the General Secretariate of the CBCK. On the level of the CBCK, Rev. Thomas Shin Woo Sick, its Undersecretary and the contact person, will dialogue and listen through meetings with diocesan contact persons, and will prepare a synthesis of the CBCK, based on the feedback received from the various dioceses, with the help of the Catholic Pastoral Institute of Korea.
  9. 5. The bishops approved the Guidebook for the Protection of Human Life for the Young, prepared by Pro-life Activities under the Committee for Family & Life.
  11. 6. The bishops approved the revised Charter and Directory for Catholic School Education in Korea, submitted by the CBCK Committee on Education.
  13. 7. It was reported that according to the decision of the CBCK 2021 Spring General Assembly, the Catholic Church in Korea sent Pope Francis the fund (KRW 4.8 billions) raised by 16 dioceses in Korea through the Movement for Sharing Vaccines with Poor Countries in the COVID-19 situation. The dioceses of Korea are likely to continue contributing additional funds.
  15. 8. It was reported that government subsidy for the 30-year-Korean translation project of Corpus Litteraturae Christianae Antiquae was approved. This project will be expected to make a contribution to the development of the humanities in Korea and to be a great help to preserve and promote precious heritage of the Catholic Church in Korea in cooperation with the government.
  17. 9. An officer of the CBCK, a Chairman of the Episcopal Commission and a President of the National Committee of the CBCK were elected as follows:


- Secretary of the CBCK and a Member of the CCK Board of Directors: Most Rev. Augustinus Kim Jong-soo (ex officio Moderators of the CBCK Emmaus Center and the Catholic Pastoral Institute of Korea)

- Chairman of the Special Episcopal Commission to Promote Beatification and Canonization: Most Rev. Thaddeus Cho Hwan-kil

- President of the Biblical Committee: Most Rev. Pius Sin Hozol

- Member of the Special Episcopal Commission to Promote Beatification and Canonization: Rt. Rev. Abbot Blasio Park Hyun-dong, O.S.B.