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2010 Autumn General Assembly of the CBCK

2010 Autumn General Assembly of the CBCK


The Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea (CBCK) held its 2010 Autumn General Assembly at the Conference Hall of the Catholic Conference of Korea (CCK) from October 11 to 14, 2010 and decided as follows:


1. The bishops approved the draft Bible with annotations based on La Traduction Œcumenique de la Bible (in French) presented by the CBCK Biblical Committee (President: Rt. Rev. Abbot Simon Peter Ri Hyong-u, O.S.B.). It will be published at the end of 2010.


2. The bishops approved the draft 'True Christian Life', Vol. 6 of the Catechism for Youth presented by the CBCK Committee for Catechesis.


3. The bishops approved the publication of the draft Proper Prayer for the Dead - The Problems of the Family Tree Healing presented by the CBCK Committee for the Doctrine of the Faith. The document details the fundamental errors and problems of the Family Tree Healing and offers proper Christian attitudes confuting it along with the Church's teaching on death.



4. The bishops approved the Korean versions of the Ordo Confirmationis (Editio typica, 1973), the Ordo Benedicendi Oleum Catechumenorum et Infirmorum et Conficiendi Chrisma (Editio typica, 1971), the Ordo Unctionis Infirmorum Eorumque Pastoralis Curae (Editio typica, 1975), De Sacra Communione et De Cultu Mysterii Eucharistici extra Missam (Editio typica, 1973), all presented by the CBCK Committee for Liturgy. They will be submitted to the Apostolic See for their recognition.


5. The bishops approved the Korean version of the Evangeliarium submitted by the CBCK Committee for Liturgy.



6. The bishops approved the 'CBCK Guideline for the Pro-Life Movement' presented by the Pro-Life Activities under the CBCK Committee for Bioethics.

In 2008 the Pro-Life Activities (formerly called 'Life 31 Movement') started to discuss the preparation of the guideline to promote a culture of life in opposition to a culture of death prevalent throughout the country. In March 2010, a subcommittee for the writing of the guideline was organized and the draft 'CBCK Guideline for Pro-Life Movement' , based on the Pastoral Plans for Pro-Life Activities: A Campaign in Support of Life of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, was prepared after several consultations.

The bishops also listened to a report explaining that the Permanent Council of the CBCK approved the 'New Life Project' of the Pro-Life Activities. The 'New Life Project' was proposed in the course of the preparation for the '2010 National Congress for Life'. In collaboration with dioceses, parishes, hospitals, pro-life organizations, the network of shelters for unmarried mothers, the project aims at the prevention of abortion through early pro-life education for teens and the provision of better situations for unmarried women who are about to give birth under difficult circumstances.


7. After deliberation on the draft 'Our Responsibility and Practice for the Restoration of the Divine Order of Creation' presented by the CBCK Committee for Justice and Peace, the bishops approved it and added the subtitle 'A CBCK Guideline on the Environment'.

The guideline is a pastoral approach to environmental matters in Korea, as a part of the practical application of the teachings of the universal Church to the local situation. It touches on the social teaching of the Catholic Church considering environmental disruption as an injustice of the times and refers to the teaching of the late Pope John Paul Ⅱ who regarded 'the problem of the destruction of the ecosystem' as 'a problem of faith'.


8. The bishops approved the establishment of the Catholic Pastoral Institute of Korea, mandating the Permanent Council and the General Secretariate of the CBCK to prepare and report on a detailed plan.


9. The bishops approved the establishment of 'Caritas Korea International' as a juridical foundation.  'Caritas Korea International' will take over the overseas aid activities of the CBCK Committee for 'Caritas Coreana'.


10. The bishops listened to a report on the digitalization of Samok (a monthly magazine issued from May, 1967 to April, 2007), a work entrusted to the Department of Communications of the CBCK with financial support from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea. From the first Sunday of Advent, November 28, 2010, Samok in E-book format will be open to the public free of charge on the CBCK website.


11. The bishops approved the revised draft 'The Regulations of the Catholic Businessmen's Federation of Korea' and 'The Statues of the Catholic Leprosy Work Association of Korea', presented after consultation by the Council of Vicars General.


12. The bishops appointed Rev. Peter Yoo Han Young, Secretary of the Special Episcopal Commission to Promote Beatification and Canonization, with the recommendation of the same Commission, as the postulator for the canonization and beatification of 'the witnesses to the faith of the Catholic Church in modern and contemporary Korea' and as the postulator for the second  beatification and canonization of 'the martyrs and confessors under the Joseon Dynasty'.


13. The bishops elected the following officers of the CBCK:


- President of the Episcopal Commission for Social Affairs: Most Rev. Matthias Ri Iong-hoon (President of CBCK Committee for Justice &Peace)

- President of the Committee for Culture: Most Rev. Joseph Son Sam-seok (member of Episcopal Commission for Mission & Pastoral Care)

- President of the Committee for the Pastoral Care of Koreans Living Abroad: Most Rev. John Baptist Jung Shin-chul (member of Episcopal Commission for Social Affairs)

- Moderator in charge of Health Pastoral Care: Most Rev. Francis Xavier Yu Soo-il (member of Episcopal Commission for Mission & Pastoral Care)