RELIGARE INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR - Religious communities & State support, 27 June 2012, Strasbourg, France

RELIGARE INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR - Religious communities & State support, 27 June 2012, Strasbourg, France

27/06/2012 08:30
27/06/2012 17:00

Venue: European Parliament, Strasbourg (France), “Winston Churchill” entrance, Room: N1.2

Date: 27th June 2012


This scientific event will focus on the key elements of the denominational law and theological principles specific to the Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim religions and dealing with the financing of religious communities.

In other words, it aims at specifying how religions consider their funding by public authorities, through their founding texts and their religious internal law (buildings maintenance, salary and training of religious leaders, charity, educational and social institutions). Do these various texts provide for a contribution of public funding? Or, on the contrary, do they suggest a self-financing through, for example, a contribution of their members?

This presentation of the theoretical framework forged by the canonists and theologians will be discussed and completed by the intervention of religious authorities of the different countries covered by WP6 within the RELIGARE project (Denmark, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belgium, the United Kingdom). Indeed, if law and theology of each of the aforementioned religions have a universal or at least general claim, national legal frameworks are characterised by particularism. Every religion abides by the principles set in its normative texts while flowing into the status of cult of the host country. But funding mechanisms vary across countries. They differ even more within a country depending on the degree of "recognition" and "cooperation" of religion with government.

Accordingly, various issues and tensions are likely to arise from bridging domestic secular systems and religious internal positions on public support to religions: the compatibility of the various means of public support with denominational doctrines and rules in general, but also the aims pursued by such support (for worship or social and charity activities), the public control of the funding within the organisational freedom of religion, and how the State abides by its duty to ensure the actual exercise of worship, and the legitimacy of the current financing system, the differential treatment of denominations and the relevance of mechanisms being extended from majority to minority religions.

Following the theoretical presentation, religious authorities from various countries will present their position and highlight how the theoretical frameworks are implemented. A round table of representatives of Churches, religions and philosophical groups to the European institutions will close this scientific event.


For further information and registration, please contact: Laure Pubert (

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