On October 19, Doctor of Legal Sciences, Professor, Academician of Gelati Academy of Sciences Mariam Tsatsanashvili visited Tbilisi Theological Academy. He delivered a lecture on “The Historical Significance of the Constitutional Agreement between the Church and the State.” Students and teachers of the school attended the public lecture.
The Professor spoke about the four models of the relationship between the state and the Church, which are widespread in the modern world, and discussed in more detail the Georgian model which is the Constitutional Agreement, signed in Svetitskhoveli Cathedral on October 14, 2002. She noted that this is a principle of separated balance on the basis of which the state recognizes that it is separated from the Church and cooperates with it in various spheres.
The speaker discussed various issues of the agreement - obligation to return property confiscated from the Church during the Communist regime, inviolability of the Patriarch, etc.; she also spoke about the legal status of other religious organizations and further development of the Constitutional Agreement.
The lecture was followed by questions and discussion. Finally, Archpriest Bidzina Gunia thanked the guest for the interesting lecture and presented her with books published by the Publishing House of the Academy.