The academic training of clergy and other church employees takes place in a field of tension between state and church interests. The 1929 Treaty between the Free State of
Prussia and the Holy See found a way to balance these interests. This study by Heinz Mussinghoff examines the origins of the university statutes of the Prussian concordat. To do so, he had to refer to
the history of theological faculties and the development of Prussian statutary law from the time of Frederick II (the Great), which gave bishops a veto over appointments to theological faculties and a
general right of supervision in clerical (geistliche) matters. For the portrayal of concordat negotiations, Mussinghoff relied on previously unused state and church archival sources. The status of
theology departments and their faculty, based on established church law, is a subject of contemporary interest. In his conclusion, the author therefore examines the further development, interpretation,
and appreciation of the Prussian concordat’s university statutes on the basis of his historical inquiry.