AR1A334 Church Administration

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2022
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Taught in person.
Mgr. Petr Elbel, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Petr Elbel, Ph.D.
Department of Auxiliary Historical Sciences and Archive Studies – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Olga Barová
Supplier department: Department of Auxiliary Historical Sciences and Archive Studies – Faculty of Arts
Tue 14:00–15:40 B2.22
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! AR1A236 Church Administration
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course will provide a basic overview of the development of administrative institutions of the Catholic Church in Bohemia and Moravia from Great Moravian times to the present. It offers a brief characterization of the administration of the Utraquist and neo-Utraquist churches, the Unity of the Brethren, the tolerance churches of the Augsburg and Helvetic confessions, the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren, the Silesian Church of the Augsburg Confession, the Church of the Czechoslovak Hussites and the Orthodox Church in the Czech lands and Slovakia. Attention is also paid to documents from church authorities and church archives.
Learning outcomes
GRADUATES OF THE COURSE will have acquired a basic overview of issues surrounding church administration which they will be able to apply to work in archives or research into church diplomatics and church history.
  • 1) beginnings of church administration in the Czech lands from the 9th to early 13th century;
  • 2) changes in church administration in the 13th and first half of the 14th century;
  • 3) church administration from Arnošt of Pardubice’s reforms to the outbreak of the Hussite Revolution (1343–1419);
  • 4) Catholic church administration from Hussitism to White Mountain (1419–1620);
  • 5) reforms of Catholic church administration after White Mountain;
  • 6) changes in Catholic church administration at the time of the Enlightenment reforms;
  • 7) Catholic church administration in the long 19th century;
  • 8) Catholic church administration in interwar Czechoslovakia and in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia;
  • 9) Catholic church administration in postwar and communist Czechoslovakia (1945–1992);
  • 10) administration of the Utraquist and neo-Utraquist church and the Unity of the Brethren;
  • 11) administration of tolerance churches of the Augsburg and Helvetic confessions, the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren and the Silesian Church of the Augsburg Confession;
  • 12) administration of the Church of the Czechoslovak Hussites and some smaller non-Catholic churches;
  • 13) administration of the Greek Catholic Church and Orthodox Church in the Czech lands and Slovakia;
  • OPTIONAL PART OF THE COURSE: a one-day excursion to the Diocesan Archives of the Bishopric of Brno in Rajhrad, or to another church archive or a state archive with a significant proportion of ecclesiastical material.
  • MARTÍNKOVÁ, Lenka: Die Diözese Budweis 1785-1813. Ein Beitrag zu Organisation, Verwaltung, Schriftgut und Geistlichkeit der Diözese in josephinischer Zeit. České Budějovice 2011.
  • HLAVÁČEK, Ivan – HRDINA, Jan (ed.): Církevní správa v českých zemích ve středověku a její písemnosti. Praha 2003 (=Acta Universitatis Carolinae Pragensis, Philosophica et historica 1999/2 – Z pomocných věd historických 15).
  • MIKULEC, Jiří and Zdeněk BENEŠ. Církev a společnost raného novověku v Čechách a na Moravě. Praha: Historický ústav, 2013, 516 s. ISBN 9788072862061. info
  • BALÍK, Stanislav and Jiří HANUŠ. Katolická církev v Československu 1945-1989 (The Catholic Church in Czechoslovakia 1945-1989). 2nd ed. Brno: Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury, 2013, 400 pp. Historie. ISBN 978-80-7325-311-0. info
  • HLEDÍKOVÁ, Zdeňka, Jan JANÁK and Jan DOBEŠ. Dějiny správy v českých zemích : od počátků státu po současnost. Praha: Nakladatelství Lidové noviny, 2005, 568 s. ISBN 8071067091. info
  • VÁLOVÁ, Kateřina. Curia episcopalis Olomucensis v raném novověku. Vyd. 1. Olomouc: Univerzita Palackého, 2002, 150 s. ISBN 8024404478. info
  • Vývoj církevní správy na Moravě : XXVII. Mikulovské sympozium : 9.-10. října 2002. Edited by Emil Kordiovský - Libor Jan. V Brně: Moravský zemský archiv, 2002, 379 s. ISBN 808504884X. info
  • TRETERA, Rajmund Jiří. Církevní právo. 1. vyd. Praha: Jan Krigl, 1993, 219 s. info
Teaching methods
The teaching is divided into an hour-long lecture and an hour-long seminar, in which extracts from written documents will be read and interpreted.
Assessment methods
As part of the course, undergraduates prepare a seminar paper on a selected topic on the history of church administration, which will be based on the study of – if possible unpublished – sources and will fulfil the requirements of a publishable academic text (it will contain a system of notes referencing sources and literature). The end-of-course exam will consist of a discussion of the seminar work and two supplementary questions on the history of older and modern church administration.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught once in two years.
Information on the per-term frequency of the course: Předmět se vypisuje na jaře 2022 a pak až na jaře 2024.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2024.
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