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Mars 2019

  • Stop for Istanbul Convention

On 29 March, the Slovak parliament passed a resolution, in which it asked the government to stop the process that would have led to the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention). The government shall now take all necessary steps to inform the Council of Europe, that Slovakia will not sign the Istanbul Convention. Out of the 133 present members of the Parliament who were present, 101 voted in favour of the resolution (Smer-SD, SNP, Hungarian-slovak party Most-Híd, Kotleba - ĽSNS, OĽaNO, Boris Kollár - Sme rodina and members of parliament without party affiliation). The resolution proposal was submitted by the coalition Slovak National Party (SNS).

  • The chairman of the National Council of the SR visitsing Pope Francis

22 March – Andrej Danko (SNP), speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic, and Radek Vondráček, the President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic, attended an audience with Pope Francis. This visit was held on the occasion of the 1150th anniversary of the death of Saint Cyril and the 95th anniversary of the birth of the Slovak cardinal Jozef Tomko, who works in Vatican. Danko invited the head of the Catholic Church to visit Slovakia. The Pope accepted these invitation with understanding.

  • Religion in the Slovak presidential election campaign

On 16 March, the first round of the presidential election took place. Religion and the relationship of candidates to the Church and to faith became an important issue of preelection campaign. Most candidates, even those with the highest preferences scores before election (such as Čaputová, Šefčovič, Harabin, and Kotleba) declared their relationship to religion and the Church.

During his prelection campaign, Maroš Šefčovič (supported by SMER – SD), organized a meeting with the largest Churches in Slovakia, in which he voiced his support of the traditional family.

Bezák, former archbishop of Trnava, supported at the beginning of her campaign the winner of the both rounds and elected president Zuzana Čaputová. In March, a Czech Catholic priest, Tomáš Halík, also supported her. In her campaign, Zuzana Čaputová, voiced her Catholic religious belief and said that she attends Church, but considers herself spiritual and is preferably alone in Church with God.

During the presidential election campaign, the media paid attention to the separation of Church and State in the form of a survey, in which they asked every presidential candidate a question : "Should the Church be separated from the State ? "Most candidates agreed with the separation, or the need to agree on the separation with Churches.

As the President of the Slovak Republic was on March 30th elected Zuzana Čaputová was elected as the President of the Slovak Republic with 58% of votes.

  • The Archbishop of Trnava in the preelection campaign

10 March - Archbishop Orosch gave a Sunday sermon in Trnava cathedral, in which he spoke about the coming presidential election. In his speech, he criticized priests, who supported liberal presidential candidates, and he described the election of a liberal candidate as a deadly sin.
Igor Matovič, chairman of a political party OĽANO, criticised Orosch for his statements during a Sunday sermon.

  • Churches on gender ideology

4 March in Badín, a meeting of the highest representatives of Christian Churches and the Central Union of Jewish Religious Communities of Slovakia took place with the participation of Peter Pellegrini, the Prime Minister. Representatives of Churches approved discussed a statement of gender ideology, which they rejected. They called for a return to Christian anthropology and efficient family policy. "We, the representatives of Christian Churches, would like to remind of the fact, that gender ideology is a pseudo-science stating that a human being is born gender neutral. Here, sex and gender are totally separated, while gender is considered a cultural construct. Hence, the sexual identity of a person in a society is proclaimed as a cultural product without any base in human nature."

5 avril 2019