CICLSAL, Constitutive Changes in Governance, 1992. Private.
A superior general requested an opinion from CICLSAL regarding the competency of the general administration to make changes in the government structure that are in the constitutions of the religious institute. An official of CICLSAL replied that the general council cannot waive the prescriptions of the constitutions. However, it is possible to proceed in certain matters without requiring an extraordinary general chapter.
For example, there may be a request to increase or decrease the number of general councillors in the religious institute. The superior general would petition CICLSAL for immediate change in the number of general councillors without the necessity of waiting for a future chapter to implement this decision. With the petition, the superior general would include the opinion of his council and the results of any broader consultation that had been conducted in the religious institute.
If a change seems appropriate, CICLSAL would permit that body to proceed in the current chapter to elect the preferred number, if two-thirds of the general chapter favors the change in the number of councillors. Following the general chapter, this decision would be submitted to CICLSAL for formal approval as a revised norm of the constitutions.
Changes in the constitutions which would effect change before rather than during the chapter, would be more difficult matters. For example, a change in the number of delegates, elected or ex officio, touches on rights of the members which are protected in the constitutions. In such instances, the general chapter would be convoked according to the constitutions. Having passed the measure by a two thirds vote of the body, it would be sent to CICLSAL for approval. This norm would be revised in the constitutions and become effective at the next general chapter.
CICLSAL, Constitutive Changes in Governance, RRAO (1992): 13.