Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, All perpetually professed members as capitulars in the general chapter of a small religious institute, 2001, Private.
On September 5, 2000. the superior general of a small religious congregation of brothers petitioned His Eminence Eduardo Cardinal Martinez Somalo, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (ClCLSAL), for a dispensation from norm 125 of the constitutions of the religious institute in order that all of the perpetually professed members of the congregation serve as capitulars in the general chapter scheduled for June 2002.
The small congregation, composed of thirty-five perpetually professed members. serves six archdioceses and three dioceses in the United States, Canada, Haiti, England and Ireland. The superior general advised the prefect that the petition to CICLSAL had been preceded by a congregational retreat and general assembly in 1999. All of the members, both those in perpetual and temporary profession attended, as well as the novices and candidates. With efficient planning, the ten day absence of the brothers from their apostolic activity created no difficulty. The superior general polled the perpetually professed members regarding the issue of universal suffrage as mandated by the general chapter of 1997. Of the thirty-five members in perpetual profession, thirty-four were eligible to vote. The result of the ballot was as follows:
On the concept of universal suffrage for General chapter 2002:
Twenty-four members voted "Yes."
Ten members voted "No."
The members understood before the balloting that, if approval were given by CICLSAL, all of the perpetually professed members must attend the celebration of the general chapter to be held in June 2002.
With the petition, the superior general enclosed a copy of the section of the Constitutions governing the celebration of the general chapter, the 1989 decree approving the Constitutions, and the 1983 decree of praise declaring the institute to be of pontifical right.
CONGREGATlO PRO INSTITUTIS VITAE CONSECRATAE ET SOCIETATIBUS VITAE APOSTOLlCAE
Vatican City, date _____
Prot. N. _____
This letter comes in response to yours of 5 September 2000 with which you have requested approval for the _____ to hold their 2002 General Chapter with all of the perpetually professed brothers as capitulars. This would be a departure from your Constitutions, n. 125.
In view of the reasons set forth in your letter and based also on the experience of the 1999 Assembly and Retreat, with this letter we grant the requested authorization.
As is our practice in such cases, we ask that following your Chapter and its evaluation, you send us a brief report on the experience.
With personal best wishes and prayer for God's continued blessings in this Year of Jubilee, I remain
Yours Sincerely in Christ.
Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, All perpetually professed members as capitulars in the general chapter of a small religious institute, 2001, Private, CLSA, Roman Replies and Advisory Opinions, 2001, 28-29.