CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 18 November 2017

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European Union recognises Church courts

BUDAPEST (SE): The European Union has upheld the right of ecclesiastical courts to maintain their independence in making decisions regarding ecclesiastical law.
 
In the case of Nagy versus Hungary on September 24, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights ruled against a pastor from the Reformed Church of Hungary who had been dismissed from his stipendiary over comments he had made to local media.
 
He had sued in the lower court for lost earnings, but lost his case and had ultimately been removed from his post with the Church.
 
The pastor claimed that while the dismissal decision may be a matter for the ecclesiastical court, he argued that under the European Convention on Human Rights to a fair trial by an independent and impartial tribunal established by law in determining his civil rights, the matter of lost earnings fell under the jurisdiction of civil law.
 
The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights ruled that it could not, but conclude that the applicant had no right which could be said, at least on arguable grounds, to be recognised under domestic law.

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