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Pre-capitular Commission for the revision of the Constitutions and Statutes

04/09/2009: General House

The XX General Chapter asked the current General Council to « begin a process of revision of Chapter 4 of our Constitutions », which refers to the prayer life of the Brothers, aware that this revision could apply “ to the whole text of the Constitutions » (Choose life, 48. 4).

A Commission, named ex professo by the General Council, has done this revision of chapter 4 and drawn up the corresponding report. For its part, the « Pre-capitular Commission », formed of Brothers Antoine Kazindu, Antonio Ramalho, Eduardo Navarro, Juan Miguel Anaya (secretary) and Robert Teoh, has undertaken the work it received from the General Council, by carrying out a revision, not only of the contributions made by the previously mentioned commission on chapter 4, but of « all the changes suggested in the Constitutions and the Statutes », sent to the Chapter Preparatory Commission « by individuals or groups ».

This Commission met in Rome from 24 to 29 August 2009, with a mandate to draw up a document presenting the state « of the recommendations to the Chapter on the proposed amendments » for submission to the study of the capitulants (Letter No. 7 of the Preparatory Commission ).

The methodology consisted in defining some criteria of action and adopting agreements of principle to begin the work. We started from the conviction that « it is not the time to draft anew the whole text of the Constitutions », since the text is very coherent and capable of inspiring our Marist life. However, it was felt necessary to introduce some changes, while respecting our present Constitutions. As for the introduction of the changes, the Pre-capitular Commission believes it would be opportune to avoid contradictions, to resolve problems relating to canon law, to facilitate the administration, and to number certain texts which are not numbered.

The text of the report of this Pre-Chapter Commission will be made available to the Brother capitulants at the beginning of the Chapter.

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