The Czech Bishops’ Conference has filed a criminal complaint against
unknown individuals over possible sexual abuse within the church, a legal
representative of the Roman Catholic organisation, Ronald Němec, said on
The Catholic Church has been trying without success to uncover individuals accused of sexual abuse, Mr. Němec said. However, claims have been made by a number of sources cited in the media so the church hierarchy decided last month to turn the matter over to the criminal authorities, he said.
Speaking on Sunday, the head of the church, Cardinal Dominik Duka, said that unless those making allegations of sexual abuse informed the church of the identity if the culprits it would not be able to take action.
Sunday is the 30th anniversary of one of the most significant moments of
the Velvet Revolution, when the general secretary of Czechoslovakia’s
Communist Party, Miloš Jakeš, stood down, along with the rest of its
The move, on November 24, 1989, came a week after the demonstration that sparked the fall of communism in the country and ultimately paved the way for dissident writer Václav Havel to become president by the end of December 1989.
Markéta Pekarová Adamová has been elected leader of the right-wing
opposition party TOP 09. The MP received 54 percent of the vote to finish
ahead of senator Tomáš Czernin in a leadership election held in Prague on
Ms. Pekarová Adamová is the only female leader of a political party in the Czech Parliament and becomes only the second chairwoman a Czech party after Hana Marvanová, who headed the Freedom Union in the early 2000s.
A CVVM opinion poll this week put TOP 09 on 3.5 percent, which would not be enough for the party to re-enter the lower house.
The introduction of a new system under which if an MP becomes a minister
they can be replaced by another member of their party now depends on the
Senate. The introduction of the sliding mandate, as it is called, has the
backing of the Chamber of Deputies, Czech Television reported on Sunday.
The Senate has expressed opposition to this constitutional change but may back it in exchange for other changes. These include extending the term of Constitutional Court judges to 12 years and making it easier to file a petition against the president at the country’s highest court.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said he had asked Jaroslav Faltýnek, head of ANO’s lower house group, to undertake negotiations to push the introduction of the sliding mandate through.
Czech archaeologists say they were surprised to discover the remnants of a
Celtic settlement near Jičín, Eastern Bohemia. Dating from the third
century BCE, it is the most northerly Celtic site found in that region of
the country and came to light during work on a bypass around the town.
An archaeologist from the Jičín Museum said items from the late Stone Age had also been found on the dig.
The relatively warm weather for the time of year that the Czech Republic
has been experiencing is set to continue for another fortnight, according
to a regular four-week forecast issued by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological
Institute. Precipitation will also be lower than the long-term average.
The forecasters say typical weather for the time of year should return before mid-December. It will freeze at night and it should snow in upland areas of the country.
Jiří Pospíšil has made his final address to the TOP 09 party as leader.
Mr. Pospíšil appeared before delegates at a congress in Prague at which a
new leadership of the right-wing opposition party will be selected on
The outgoing chairman said his two years at the helm had been successful and that TOP 09 were a significant force in Czech politics.
Mr. Pospíšil says he wishes to devote more energies to his post as member of the European Parliament.
The Czech Republic is planning to donate CZK 50 million in international
humanitarian aid by the end of this year. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
proposal should be discussed by the cabinet on Monday.
One-fifth of the funding is slated for an International Committee of the Red Cross medical aid programme in Eastern Ukraine. Two-fifths is intended for the UNHCR’s work with migration in Zambia and the remainder should go to the UNDRR, which focuses on disaster reduction.
The Czech film director Václav Marhoul has joined CAA, a top Hollywood talent agency, Deadline reported. His latest movie, The Painted Bird, was in competition at the Venice International Film Festival and is the Czech Republic’s submission for the Best International Feature Film in the Academy Awards. Marhoul’s previous works include the war drama Tobruk.