Home    Archive issue    2013    September 2013

September 2013

Does Slovakia not know or cannot apply Cyril and Methodius heritage?
What will be next with Macedonia?
Matka Canyon and Lake
Let´s Fight for Life
“Let’s not talk just about abortions”
Ducký´s Bills of Exchange after 15 years
“The New Times” in the Union
Discord Mounting in the European Union (III)
Western Resistance against Euro-Asian Integration
Power of Siberia
Are we what we eat or what we know?
Right for Life versus Freedom of Choice
Let us return to Slovak Nobility
Tragic Tuesday in Marseille
Do not disturb his circle
World Tennis needs Reforms

Editorial
Does Slovakia not know or cannot apply Cyril and Methodius heritage?
Let us imagine, for example, that we would like to evaluate the "secular“aspect of the mission of St. Cyril and Methodius, which might have been a desire of Slavic princes after the legislation arrangement. However, St.Cyril and Methodius´s vision did not separate legislation away from its spiritual dimension. Even in Constantine’s Life, we read how Rastislav, the Prince of Moravia, asked Byzantium empire for a teacher who would have given his nation „a good law „. How did Saints Cyril and Methodius understand this “good law”? The most famous secular legal document of the Great Moravian Era, so-called the Collection of Laws for the People - Law sudnyj ljudem testifies it to us. Its first sentence reads: “Before we start talking about any law, it is suitable to talk about God’s Law."
Our current legal system is based on the Basic Law of the Slovak Republic, which is the Constitution. Its preamble inter alia reads: “We, the Slovak nation, of Cyril and Methodius spiritual heritage ... shall act through their representatives on the Constitution ". It is a nice statement, but are we really sure that our laws theoretically are based on this Basic Law, correspond to Cyril and Methodius´s spiritual heritage? This spirit requires that no law contradicts moral norms of God's Law!"
According to the first article of the constitution: “The Slovak Republic is a sovereign, democratic and rule of law state, which is not linked to any ideology or religion." So, how do we apply Cyril and Methodius´s spiritual heritage? Only at lofty phrases? Well, then, let us admit it is fine that "the State" as an institution will avoid commitments to any ideology or religion. However, what will it do, how is an individual, a citizen, a community member, who creates the state, supposed to behave?
Yet, a man is not an animal, does not act instinctively but according to an idea. He transforms ideas and decisions based on the same values, moral standards and criteria in his life. Surely, the majority of people rely on inherited so-called traditional values, because they believe that the coordinated system of moral values ??is unchangeable and that it cannot be deliberately shifted. Nevertheless, unfortunately, many people create their own moral standards according to their own needs. Someone, on the contrary, has his own plan how to eliminate traditional values and change them in his own life and possibly also in the lives of others. Some people do not “tight themselves to any ideology or religion” and therefore they really live "exuberantly ".
Neither the issue of righteous laws and their impartial application is not new. Methodius´s Warning against the rulers often called the Judge Censure is just an example of how our first archbishop had to remind the governors and judges first to observe the laws themselves and be the example for the others, too. So that they did not “do any harm to either weaker or so that they did not practice any pagan customs”, so that they protected a marriage commitment in its inviolability.
This is, therefore, a challenge for the application of the rights given by God. I.e. the right for life, liberty, reputation, parents´ rights to protect their sovereign status in bringing-up their child, rights of spouses to social support and protection of their union without creating terminological and legal confusions. Even today, Methodius´s Challenge resounds, and especially for those who are christened: “Every christened person is obliged to protect himself as a holy temple of God. And together with his wife, make themselves satisfied and do not even think of any nonsense like a beast for meaningless passions to go."
Or would it be worth, when general masses of our society face the loss of confidence in the courts and judicial processes, remembering the second article of the first Cyril and Methodius Civil Code , which stated: “ It is not allowed to take on any witnesses who have ever been convicted of having lied, violate God’s Law, or lead immoral life." If in the spirit of Cyril and Methodius heritage such criterion was applied to witnesses how much more should it be applied to the public officials, in particular those whom we choose freely and whom we can freely send away from the scene of public life, especially if they were (and sometimes even more than once) publicly convicted of having told lies.
At this point, I can already see how someone raises a warning finger or voice note saying: Attention, please, is there another church representative who wants to get involved in politics?! No, nor really, calm down, this is not politics, at least, not as we understand it in its party or institutional dimension. It is just fulfilling the mission that the Church or its representatives may not renounce without peculating their mission. Even today, as it used to be in previous eras, its voice resounds to the representatives, the rulers of the legislature and civic communities. Among the many examples, we can cite the voice of intercession of Blessed John Paul II. at the Assembly of Representatives of Parliaments from all over the world who met together in the Vatican on 4 November 2000. He recalled the moral duty to the representatives of legislatures of hundred of nations: “In particular, I would like to turn to those whose vital role is to shape and pass laws: it is a task that brings a man closer to God, the supreme legislator of the eternal law, in fact, ultimately, every law draws its force and power to bind from it. This is meant when we say that no positive law cannot contradict the natural law, because this is nothing more than an indicator of primary and substantive rules governing the moral life, standards reflecting nature’s deepest needs and highest values ??of a human being. This means that the laws, no matter what it was about, in which area the legislature intervenes or where the inputs must always be respected and thus promote a human being to the whole range of its spiritual, material, personal, family and social needs. Christian wisdom, which is the characteristic virtue of Christian politics, show a man the way to behave, on the one hand, his voice betraying properly formed conscience and on the other hand to fulfill their role as legislators."
The Pope addressed these words to the Christian politicians in their double dimension: as the politicians - legislators and as Christians. His call for respect of a human being overcomes the apparent conflict or contradiction between that of dual jurisdiction between two positions that are sometimes presented as incompatible. This challenge goes beyond a purely confessional religious dimension and touches the deepest corners of being of individuals as well as the society.
The Catholic Church believes that when modern states within their common sense of understanding of autonomy, by the internal law and by international agreements and concordats tries to provide its citizens the freedom of conscience and religion, contributes to the implementation of the generally accepted standards that ensure an ordered liberty and esteem for the human dignity of every person. In their legislative efforts, they find the Catholic Church a reliable partner and collaborator in the spirit of - Clara pacta, boni amici.
Mons Cyril Vasil SJ, an archbishop and Secretary of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches
 
Personality
What will be next with Macedonia?
“It is necessary that the credibility of the European Union to be restored. We will integrate in the European Union only if the Members States are ready for it,” claims Gjorge Ivanov, President of the Republic of Macedonia
 
Photo report
Matka Canyon and Lake
It is a Macedonian jewel and oasis of peace for the lovers of pilgrimage tourism, alpinism, trekking and angling.
 
No Comment
Let´s Fight for Life
The Manifesto of the National March for Life appeals to the government, the parliament and the state bodies to take an action and solve the issue of life, marriage, family protection and help provided to pregnant women.
 
“Let’s not talk just about abortions”
The change of policy to advantage of life is the matter of how Slovakia and entire Europe can survive,” emphasises Anna Záborská, the Member of the European Parliament.
 
Opinion
Ducký´s Bills of Exchange after 15 years
“What are the results of the fight between our state and defrauders for billions? Surprisingly, the Senate of the Constitutional Court has given them chance again. It is considered as a crime in the state of law,” claims Štefan Harabin, the President of the Supreme Court.
 
The European Union
“The New Times” in the Union
“We will not return to the times before the crisis. Do we want to improve Europe or just give it up?” asks J.M. Barroso, the President of the European Commission.
 
Discord Mounting in the European Union (III)
Will the governments of the European countries write off high Greek debt? Germany is opposite. Meanwhile Bulgaria set off towards “Greek direction”.
 
We were interested…
Western Resistance against Euro-Asian Integration  
There are the attempts to unify all anti- Russian streams in Europe as well as in Russia- from Chechen terrorists, for whom the “Turkish transit” is organized, to the supporters of the opposite “White Ribbons”.
 
Opinion Poll
Do you consider it as a right decision that Russia restrained the American military punishment of Syria?
 
Abroad
Power of Siberia
Will Gazprom have to subsidize the export of gas to China? In 2015, gas consumption in China will be 230 billion cubic meters.
 
Interview
Are we what we eat or what we know?
“Culture of whoever and whatever is not obvious, it is formed and it is difficult to maintain it, however, it is much easier and faster to ruin it,” says Pavol Janík, a writer.
 
Survey
Right for Life versus Freedom of Choice
“ If we do not pay attention to the natural moral law and human dignity from the beginning to the end of life, then deformed human rights might lead to new totality,” writes Radoslav Lojan, a priest and a bio-ethics.
 
Reflexion
Let us return to Slovak Nobility
It is time Slovak noble families became the part of the Slovak heritage and historic awareness.
 
History
Tragic Tuesday in Marseille
King Alexander I. was shot by Vlado Černozemski, a Bulgarian revolutionist, who had a Czechoslovak passport. Was that assassination the act of the Hungarian intelligence service?
 
Culture
Do not disturb his circles
“Perfectionism of computing technologies replaces skill and traces of a human hand. It is more demanding on the viewer who must be able to read a piece of art, to understand it and to have his own opinion,” says Martin Lettrich, an academic sculptor.
 
Art
Exhibition about Real Life in China and about Courage to face it
Realistic oil- paintings and aquarelles depict the story about Falun Gongu- a peaceful meditation practice and about the destiny of those who deal with it in China.
 
Sport
World Tennis needs Reforms
“ Surfaces of the tennis courts and tennis balls have been slowed down. At my times, it was virtually impossible to play a rally with 20 tennis shots. Nowadays, it is normal. Is it really what we wanted?” asks Greg Rusedski, a former British tennis player.      

 

Dimenzie No.1/2021Who will win and secure the peace on Donbas?
The world of fine medicine
Square of freedom in Novi Sad
East Indian ship Amsterdam
Dimenzie are 20 years old
Do you know what human rights are?
“Let's write a new chapter together“
Opportunism in Slovak-Russian relations
The American crisis of legitimacy
How do you ass...Read more
Dimenzie No.6/2020Let's keep the truth about the "brown plague" holocaust
Leaders in Biomedical Engineering
"Mysterious castle in the Carpathians"
Do you know our human rights?
"Let's seize opportunities together"
The evil lurks at every corner
Rewriting US history
Russian impulses revived the cemetery
Poland...Read more