GENERAL STATUTES
Rome 2008

General Statutes of the Union of Catholic Apostolate
PART I
NATURE, MISSION and SPIRITUALITY

Chapter  I

NATURE

1.      The Union of Catholic Apostolate a gift of the Holy Spirit, is a communion of the faithful who, united with God and with one another in accordance with the charism of St. Vincent Pallotti, promote the co-responsibility of all the baptized to revive faith and rekindle charity in the Church and in the world, and to bring all to unity in Christ.

2.      The origin, source and teacher of every apostolate for the members of the Union is Jesus Christ, Apostle of the Eternal Father(cf. Heb 3,1).

3.      The Patroness of the Union is the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Apostles, exemplary model of the spiritual life and of apostolic zeal.

4.      The Spiritual Centre of the Union is at the Church of SS. Salvatore in Onda, Rome, where the  remains of St. Vincent Pallotti repose.

5.      The Rector General of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate, as successor of the Founder St. Vincent Pallotti in an unbroken line, is guarantor of faithfulness to the Pallottine charism.

6.      In the Union, the multiple forms of personal vocation and the diversity of life styles, of commitment and of service are united by the founding charism, by a common spirit and mission and by the communion of the members, as expressed in these Statutes, because “the particular manifestation of the Spirit granted to each one is to be used for the general good” (1 Cor 12, 7).    

   

7.      The equal dignity of the members of the Union is founded on their common likeness to the Creator and on the common priesthood of the People of God. This is expressed in a plurality of vocations to the life of the lay faithful, to consecrated life and to the ordained ministry which are all so interrelated that each helps the other to be solicitous for continuous growth and to offer its own specific service.

8.      The Union of Catholic Apostolate is an International Public Association (cf. CIC, cc. 298-320 and 327-329), formed by the faithful of every state and vocation, erected by the Holy See and regulated in accordance with the norms of the Code of Canon Law and the articles of these Statutes.

9.      The seat of the Union is located in the Generalate House of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate in Rome.

10.    These Statutes contain general norms for the life and the activity of the entire Union, without prejudice to the internal regulations of the communities of the Union (cf. arts. 34-37 & 40), subject to the provisions of art. 73.

11.    The Rector General of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate is, ipso iure, (the) Ecclesiastical Assistant of the Union, according to CIC, c. 317 §1.

         In the event that he is elected President of the General Coordination Council of the Union, the General Council of the Society of Catholic Apostolate proposes a candidate for this duty to the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

The Ecclesiastical Assistant, taking account of the proposals of the National Coordination Council and with the consent of the General Coordination Council, nominates a person who, in close collaboration with him and the National Coordination Council, has responsibility for ensuring the initial and on-going Pallottine formation of the members of the Union in that territory.

                                        

Chapter 2

MISSION

12.    The Union of Catholic Apostolate participates in the mission of the Church to reawaken faith and an awareness of the vocation to the apostolate, to rekindle charity among all the members of the People of God, so that they be ever more united in a commitment to spread charity and so that there be, as soon as possible, one flock under one Shepherd (cf. Jn 10, 16). Therefore, the Union, in communion with the competent Pastors, promotes collaboration among all the faithful in openness to new forms of evangelization.

13.    To accomplish this mission, the Union as a spiritual and apostolic association, open to all the members of the People of God, to lay faithful, clerics and consecrated persons, sets itself to bring to light and revive the charisms of each one.  The Union wishes to live the mystery of the Church as an apostolic communion of all the faithful in their innate dignity.

14.    The Union, among all Catholics, wishes to

         a)   revive faith, hope and charity which were received as spiritual gifts in baptism;

         b)   foster personal holiness and that of others;

         c)   foster awareness of the mission entrusted to them by God and support them in their readiness and ability to carry out the apostolate together;

         d)   render accessible the apostolic spirituality which is our inheritance;

         e)   strengthen a commitment to the ad gentes missions.

15.    The Union, with all Christians, wishes to:

         a)   implore God’s blessing on the work of evangelization through prayer, sacrifice and good works;

         b)   help all persons to open themselves to the light of faith and to the saving power of  Christ;

         c)   vigorously support the growth of an ever deeper unity;

         d)   prepare and enable as many (persons) as possible to be ready and capable of working together as messengers of the Gospel at the service of Infinite Love;

         e)   bring the Christian message of salvation to all those who have not yet heard it;

         f)    provide the resources necessary for the apostolic activities.

16.    The Union, together with all persons of good will, living images of Charity in itself, (cf. Gen 1, 26), wishes to:

         a)   participate reciprocally in charity – love;

         b)   protect the values of human life and of the family;

         c)   help others in their needs;

         d)   commit itself to justice, solidarity, peace and the protection of creation;

         e)   encourage inter-religious dialogue;

         f)    promote the implementation of the preferential option for the poor and the excluded,  in combating the causes of poverty.

 

Chapter 3

SPIRITUALITY

 

17.    Charity lived as described by the Apostle Paul (cf. 1 Cor 13, 4-7; 2 Cor 5, 14), “forms the substantial constituent” of the Union; therefore “all must be constantly animated by an authentic spirit of the most perfect love”.

18.    The Union is inserted into the dynamic process of the merciful love of the Holy Trinity: God gives himself to humankind and to all creatures in order to reconcile all things to himself and all things among themselves, thus bringing all of humanity and the entire creation to salvation and perfection in Christ (cf. Eph 1, 10; Col 1, 20). Like St. Vincent Pallotti the members of the Union wholeheartedly allow themselves to be permeated by God’s infinite love (cf. Mk 12, 30), they give themselves to a life of service and to fulfilling His will which is revealed to them above all through the Sacred Scriptures, the teaching of the Church and the signs of the times.

19.    The specific spirituality of the Union is the following of Christ, Apostle of the Eternal Father. In faith and in charity the members of the Union are determined to remain united with the crucified and risen Christ ever present among them (cf. Mt 18, 20); they strive to imitate his love for the Father and for all persons, seeking to live his life-style and apostolate as perfectly as possible.

20.    The members of the Union in communion with Mary, Queen of Apostles, commit themselves to prepare the way to Christ in the hearts of persons.  Like the Apostles in the Cenacle they unite with her in prayer asking for the strength of the Holy Spirit (cf. Acts 1,13-14), to enable them to receive and to give the love that renews all things (cf. Ps 104, 30).

21.    St. Vincent Pallotti founded the Union to serve the Church, which continues the mission of Christ on earth and is a sign and instrument of the universal unity that God will bring to completion. Therefore, the members of the Union are committed to remaining in communion with the Pope and the Bishops.

22.    The members live a unity that is founded on evangelical love and, wherever they are they form groups that have an apostolic spirit and are open to collaboration among themselves and with all persons (cf. Jn 13,34-35; 15,12; 17,21).

23.    The members of the Union, in order to deepen and preserve communion with God and with each other in following Jesus Christ as St. Vincent Pallotti did:

         a)   study, meditate on and share Sacred Scripture as their source of inspiration;

         b)   make the celebration of the Eucharist the centre of their lives;

         c)   are assiduous in personal and community prayer;

         d)   share reciprocally their experiences of life and of faith;

         e)   live forgiveness and reconciliation as a pathway to permanent conversion.

24.    The members of the Union, aware that all persons are called to holiness and to the apostolate and that there are a multiplicity of ways and of degrees in responding to the call of God, ask, through prayer, for the strength to:

         a)   live the spirituality of communion;

         b)   be open to dialogue;

         c)   collaborate together with all persons of good will;

         d)   trust that God knows how to turn all things to good even when our efforts seem to fail;

         e)   live in faith the trials and hardships of daily life and so associate themselves with the paschal mystery of Christ.

 

PART II

MEMBERS

Chapter 1

PRINCIPLES OF MEMBERSHIP

25.    The members of the Union, animated by the charism of St. Vincent Pallotti consciously commit themselves to the universal apostolate of the Church in every place, with all appropriate means and in collaboration with all people of good will.

26.    To be a member of the Union one is required:

         a)   to live out one’s baptism as a spiritual and apostolic vocation in conformity with the principles of the Catholic faith;

         b)   to commit oneself untiringly to fostering faith, charity, a spirit of communion and of collaboration in the service of the Local Church according to one’s life situation;

         c)   to be acquainted with the person and the work of St. Vincent Pallotti and to be guided by his spirituality;

         d)   to correspond to the spirit that animates the Union (cf. arts. 17-24, 41-45);

         e)   to participate in the life and the apostolate of the Union according to one’s state in life  and one’s possibilities;

         f)    to be eighteen years of age;

         g)   to be formally admitted (to the Union) and therefore to have received a mandate to fulfil the charism of the Union which the Church has made her own.

         The National Coordination Councils will provide gradual formation programmes for those persons who are younger than eighteen years of age, in preparation for formal membership of the Union of Catholic Apostolate.

27.    One can be a member of the Union in one of two ways: as an individual member (cf. arts. 31-33) or as a member of a community of the Union (cf. arts. 34-37).

28.    Admission to the Union requires an appropriate formation in accordance with the provisions of these Statutes (cf. arts. 41-45).

29.    All the members of the Union participate in the annual renewal of the Act of Apostolic Commitment (cf. art. 32) on the date designated by the National Coordination Council.

30.    The following persons may participate as collaborators of the spirit, the life or in the initiatives of the Union, in accordance with the norms of the Catholic Church:

         a)   Christians (cf. arts. 53-54);

         b)   believers of other religions (cf. art. 55);

         c)   other persons of good will (cf. art. 56)

 

Chapter 2

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS

31.    Individual members are those persons formally admitted to the Union by the competent National Coordination Council and who are not members of a community of the Union.

32.    Formal admission to the Union implies a specific act of commitment to the universal apostolate of the Union (cf. art. 25), the contents of which are specified by the General Coordination Council.

         The admission is registered in a National archive and is communicated to the General Coordination Council51.

33.    The individual members collaborate with the nearest Local Coordination Council in order to  participate in the life and apostolate of the Union, to grow in their spiritual life and for personal formation. In the pursuit of these objectives they may also associate with each other.

 

Chapter 3

MEMBERS OF A COMMUNITY OF THE UNION

34.    The communities of the Union are those founded by St. Vincent Pallotti (cf. art. 35) or those which were subsequently admitted to it (cf. arts. 36-37).

35.    The following communities were founded by St. Vincent Pallotti in the Union and for it:

         -  the Society of the Catholic Apostolate,

         -  the Congregation of the Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate,

         -  and the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate.

         The members of these communities, which are integral parts of the Union, are responsible for ensuring the unity and apostolic effectiveness of the entire Union.

36.    There are other communities which were formed later and specifically characterized by the Pallottine charism and they were subsequently admitted to the Union according to the existing norms for the life of the Union at that time.

         The members of these communities dedicate themselves either totally to the fulfilment of the tasks of the Union or as their state of life and circumstances permits.

37.    Communities which are born of Pallottine inspiration or which subsequently identify themselves with the spirit and the mission of St. Vincent Pallotti, may be admitted to the Union by the General Coordination Council if they are of pontifical right or International in nature (cf. art. 78f), and by the National Coordination Councils in all other cases (cf. art. 72). The Pontifical Council for the Laity is to be informed of the admission (cf. arts. 72 & 78f).

         Admission to the Union does not modify the juridical nature of the community (cf. CIC, cc. 215, 298-329, 573-746), however, its members participate in the apostolate of the Union

38.    The persons who join a community of the Union (cf. art. 34), in the manner prescribed by the regulations of the community itself, are admitted a iure to the Union.

39.    Only those persons who satisfy the conditions required for membership (of the Union) may be admitted to a community of the Union (cf. art. 26).

         The communities of the Union are to inform the National Coordination Councils of the admission of new members.

    In the Union all the communities are autonomous and their members are subject to their own regulations, in accordance with the provisions of these Statutes (cf. art. 10).

 

Chapter 4

FORMATION

 

41.  The nature of the life and the apostolate of the Union require comprehensive initial and on-going formation for all the members because they participate in the mission of Jesus in the Church and in the world. 

   Given the mission of the Union (cf. arts. 12-16), the ability of members to collaborate with God and with all persons of good will is to be considered a priority.

42.    Each member, in order to live fully their vocation in the Union and to better serve the Church and all of humanity, is responsible for personal formation (cf. art. 48a) and is obliged to avail of all the opportunities offered for this objective within or outside of the Union.   

43.    The task of providing initial and on-going formation for its own members lies primarily with the communities of the Union.

         The communities avail of all the opportunities offered for formation  within or outside of the Union.

44.    The General Coordination Council establishes the fundamental common principles of formation for the entire Union, establishes guide-lines for it and defines its objectives.

45.    The National Coordination Councils are entrusted with the following responsibilities for formation, within their area of jurisdiction:

         a) the implementation of the fundamental principles of formation established by the General Coordination Council;

         b) the formulation of methodological guide-lines, and of programmes of initial and on-going formation;

         c) responsibility for the initial and on-going formation of the individual members in collaboration with the Local Coordination Councils (cf. art. 71c).

 

Chapter 5

RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS

 

46.    The charism of the Union, the ecclesial expression of the original charism entrusted to St. Vincent Pallotti, is simultaneously – like the Church herself - a visible and invisible entity. Those persons who, moved by the love of Christ, join the family of the Union, associate themselves with it both personally and spiritually and become part of its visible structure.

         Following on from this, each member enjoys:

         a)   the fundamental right to participate personally in the common responsibility for the Union;

         b)   the fundamental obligation to actively integrate oneself in all community expressions of life and of apostolate of the Union, according to one’s state and circumstances of life.

47.    In the Union, all the members enjoy the same rights and obligations, unless otherwise determined by these Statutes.

48.    Generally the obligations of the members are simultaneously their rights, and at the same time they are the obligations and the rights of the Union itself. First and foremost this means that each member has the obligation to:

         a)   be responsible for the development of their human, spiritual and professional abilities in order to respond, in the Union, to the apostolic challenges of the Church (cf. art. 42);

         b)   be actively united to their own community and/or to the Local Coordination Council;

         c)   foster, according to one’s possibilities, the apostolic vocation of all persons;

         d)   support the apostolic activities of the Union and of the Local Church, in their own state and circumstances of life;

         e)   commit themselves to the spreading of the Union;

         f)    be ready to assume unselfishly (cf. Phil 2,4; 1 Cor 13,5)  positions of responsibility in the Union and in the Local Church;

         g)   collaborate in the acquisition of the material goods necessary for the apostolate of the Union (cf. art. 101);

         h)   participate in the annual renewal of the Act of Commitment to the universal apostolate of the Union (cf. art. 29).

49. All the members participate in the spiritual benefits of the Union.

 

Chapter 6

DEPARTURE FROM THE UNION

50.    Individual members (cf. art. 31), members of a community of the Union (cf. art. 38) and these same communities (cf. art. 34) cease to be part of the Union by voluntary resignation or by the decision of the competent authority.

         With the exit of a community from the Union the membership of all its members in the Union is also terminated.

         The General Coordination Council establishes the procedural norms for exiting from the Union.

51.    Exclusion from the Union must be preceded by at least one warning with a formal invitation to desist from the attitude in dispute.

         Civil authority does not have any competence in the matter of exiting from the Union.

         The cases of exclusion are always subject to all rights of defence and of appeal to the competent higher authority of the Union, or, in accordance with the norms of Canon Law, to the competent ecclesiastical authorities.  

52.    Individual members, members of a community of the Union and communities themselves which have exited from the Union, may be re-admitted to membership if they request it and if the requisites (for membership) prescribed in these Statutes, are present (cf. arts. 26, 32, 37 & 38).    

                         

PART III

COLLABORATORS OF THE UNION

 

53.    Catholic faithful who, while not assuming particular commitments in the Union, want to share, in some manner, in its spirit and participate in its initiatives, may be collaborators of the Union. 

54.    Non-Catholic Christians, who are attracted by the Union, may also be its collaborators, sharing its spirit and working for its objectives in so far as the diversity of their faith permits. 

         The Union, in its relationships with Christians of other Churches and of ecclesial communities, and in all its ecumenical activities, will act according to the norms of the Catholic Church on ecumenical dialogue.

55.    Believers of non-Christian religions who share the spiritual identity of the Union or any of its distinctive characteristics, or who feel drawn by it and who live according to its spirit in some manner, may also be its collaborators. 

         The Union, in its relationships with non-Christian believers, will act according to the norms of the Catholic Church on inter-religious dialogue.  

56.    Persons of good will who do not have a religious faith but who value the Union for its spirituality, or for any of its characteristics and who wish, as far as is possible for them, to share its objectives, may also be its collaborators. 

         The Union, in its relationships with such persons, will act according to the norms of the Catholic Church on collaboration in the promotion of human and Christian values with persons of good will.   

57.    The National Coordination Council establishes, in its Regulations, the manner of every form of collaboration (cf. art. 71i)

 

PART III

COLLABORATORS OF THE UNION

53.    Catholic faithful who, while not assuming particular commitments in the Union, want to share, in some manner, in its spirit and participate in its initiatives, may be collaborators of the Union. 

54.    Non-Catholic Christians, who are attracted by the Union, may also be its collaborators, sharing its spirit and working for its objectives in so far as the diversity of their faith permits. 

         The Union, in its relationships with Christians of other Churches and of ecclesial communities, and in all its ecumenical activities, will act according to the norms of the Catholic Church on ecumenical dialogue.

55.    Believers of non-Christian religions who share the spiritual identity of the Union or any of its distinctive characteristics, or who feel drawn by it and who live according to its spirit in some manner, may also be its collaborators. 

         The Union, in its relationships with non-Christian believers, will act according to the norms of the Catholic Church on inter-religious dialogue.  

56.    Persons of good will who do not have a religious faith but who value the Union for its spirituality, or for any of its characteristics and who wish, as far as is possible for them, to share its objectives, may also be its collaborators. 

         The Union, in its relationships with such persons, will act according to the norms of the Catholic Church on collaboration in the promotion of human and Christian values with persons of good will.   

57.    The National Coordination Council establishes, in its Regulations, the manner of every form of collaboration (cf. art. 71i).

 

PART IV

ORGANIZATION OF THE UNION

Chapter 1

 

STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS

 

58.    The Union is an “auxiliary corps of the Church”, which, in its activities, takes into account the needs of the Local Churches and integrates itself in different socio-cultural contexts by means of an open and flexible structure.

59.    The entities at the service of the Union are the Local Coordination Councils (cf. arts. 60-64), the National Coordination Councils (cf. arts. 65-76), the General Coordination Council with its General Secretariat (cf. arts. 77-90, 97-99), the General Assembly (cf. arts. 91-96) and the General Congress (cf. art. 100).

 

Chapter 2

LOCAL COORDINATION COUNCILS

 

60.    The Local Coordination Councils are centres which animate gatherings, prayer, formation and collaboration in order to sustain the spirituality common to the members and to foster diverse apostolic initiatives.

61.    As indicated in the previous article, the Local Coordination Councils, in communion with the Pastors of the Local Church and supported by the National Coordination Council have, first of all, the task of:

         a)   leading to unity all the Pallottine entities present in a given territory or pastoral context, in order to fulfil the mission of the Union, respecting and appreciating, for mutual enrichment, the singularity of the communities which are part of it;

         b)   being Cenacles, open to the Holy Spirit and to the signs of the times, in a  continuous discernment of the local apostolic priorities;

         c)   providing for, in cooperation with the National Coordination Council (cf. art. 71c), the specific formation of the individual members (cf. art. 33) and supporting the on-going formation of all the members;

         d)   helping the Local Church by accompanying and animating its apostolic initiatives;

         e)   using all possible and necessary means in order to fulfil the universal apostolate;

         f)    making the Union known to all persons and inviting them to share the experience of life in the Union;

         g)   proposing, in cooperation with the National Coordination Council, initiatives in order to facilitate the full integration of the individual members who are not associated with each other (cf. art. 33), into the life and apostolate of the Union.

62.    The Local Coordination Councils are formed by representatives of the communities of the Union (cf. arts. 34-37) and of the individual members (cf. art. 31), in accordance with the criteria established by the competent National Coordination Council. Representatives of the collaborators may participate in the meetings of the Councils (cf. art. 30) as experts or as observers but without voting rights (cf. arts. 26g & 71i).

Before decisions are taken regarding the collaborators their opinion is sought in the form that is most appropriate. 

63.    The National Coordination Council establishes the criteria for the internal organization of the Local Coordination Councils. 

64.    The communities of the Union and the groupings of individual members (cf. art. 33), present in a given territory or in a pastoral context, fulfil the tasks set out in articles 60 and 61, until the Local Coordination Councils are instituted.

                 

Chapter 3

NATIONAL COORDINATION COUNCILS

 

65.    Every National Coordination Council has jurisdiction for the territory of the respective Episcopal Conference.

66.    In accordance with the norms contained in their own Regulations, the National Coordination Councils are formed by representatives of the communities of the Union and of representatives of the Local Coordination Councils.

         Representatives of the communities founded by St. Vincent Pallotti (cf. art. 35) elected or nominated according to the norms of their internal regulations, if they are present in a given territory, are a iure members of the National Coordination Councils.

         The establishment of a National Coordination Council and every new composition of it require the approval of the General Coordination Council.

67.    The members of every National Coordination Council elect from within the Council a President and a Vice-President who acts in his/her stead.  Their mandate is for three years and they may be re-elected consecutively only for a second three year term.

The election of the President and of the Vice-President must be confirmed by the General Coordination Council.

68.    It is the duty of the President to: 

         a)   convoke and chair the meetings of the National Coordination  Council;

         b)   promote the Union within the territory of the Episcopal Conference,  represent the Union and act in its name in accordance with the mandate received from the President of the General Coordination Council (cf. art. 84);

         c)   consolidate the relationship with the General Coordination Council and maintain good relations with the Pastors of the Church. 

69.    The members of the National Coordination Councils meet at least once a year to share experiences of life and of faith, and to promote the spirituality and common apostolic initiatives of the Union. 

    Regarding the tasks entrusted to each National Coordination Council all its members have equal responsibility and equal rights, subject to the provisions of art. 68. 

  The National Coordination Council takes decisions according to the provisions of art. 75 and in conformity with art. 88 §§1-3, unless their regulations prescribe otherwise.

         Representatives of the collaborators may participate in the meetings of the National Coordination Council as experts or observers but without voting rights.

         Before decisions are taken regarding the collaborators their opinion is sought in the form that is most appropriate.

 

71.    The National Coordination Councils, in communion with the Local Church, in addition to the tasks set out in arts. 60 & 61, have the task of:

         a)   finding the most appropriate ways of making the Union known in the Church by inviting persons to share the experience of life in the Union;

         b)   fostering collaboration, the sharing of experiences of life and communication between the communities of the Union and its individual members, and also with the General Secretariat and the other Councils;

         c)   facilitating opportunities for, and offering resources for the initial  and on-going formation of the members of the Union, according to the criteria established by the General Coordination Council (cf. arts. 44-45) and in collaboration with the Local Coordination Councils;

         d)   being at the service of the various entities of the Union, facilitating the establishment of Local Coordination Councils and supporting their commitment in the apostolate;

         e)   seeking the financial resources to ensure the realization of the aims of the Union within the territory of the National Episcopal Conference and in the entire world;

         f)    constituting for the Union, with the consensus of the General Coordination Council, legal entities in conformity with the civil legislation of the country in which it operates (cf. art. 106), and making provision for the regulation of their activities in order that they not be in conflict with the norms of Canon Law and of these Statutes (cf. art. 105 §2);

         g)   appointing the National Bursar who, under the supervision and guidance of the General Bursar, can administer the material goods, which have been entrusted in use and in administration by the President, within the territory of the Episcopal Conference;

         h)   appointing a Secretary and constituting under his/her direction and according to the needs of the National Coordination Council, a Secretariat which attends to the preparation of the work of the Council, the implementation of its decisions and ensures its operational continuity;

         i)    regulating the relationship with the collaborators of the Union in accordance with  Ecclesiastical norms (cf. arts. 30 & 53-56).

72.    The National Coordination Councils formally admit the individual members and the communities to the Union in accordance with the norms of these Statutes and the criteria established by the General Coordination Council (cf. arts. 31-32 & 37).

         The consent of the General Coordination Council is required for the admission of a community and it is to be informed of the incorporation.

73.    To be admitted to the Union, the communities must:

         a)   satisfy in their statutes the conditions required for membership of the Union, including being in harmony with the spirit and the mission of the Union (cf. art. 26a-f);

         b)   inform the Local Ordinary of the request for admission.

74.    It appertains to the National Coordination Councils to accept the resignation of individual members and of communities from the Union or to revoke membership of it, in accordance with these Statutes and the criteria established by the General Coordination Council (cf. arts. 50-51).

75.    Each National Coordination Council formulates its regulations in accordance with these Statutes and taking account of, the specific reality of the country in which it is based, and requests its approval by the General Coordination Council.

         The regulations must also establish:

         a)   the quorum and the other conditions necessary for elections and for decisions that are binding (cf. art. 70 §2);

         b)   the norms for the constitution of the Local Coordination Councils, and their activities, as well as the norms governing the relationship between them and with the National Coordination Council;

         c)   that for important decisions that cannot be postponed to the next meeting of the National Coordination Council the President can consult its members on it and, if necessary, request their vote on it  by fax and/or letter.   

76.    The constitution of Regional Coordination Councils and supranational Councils instead of National Councils or together with them is permitted for particular socio-cultural contexts or for linguistic areas or for extensive National territories (cf. art. 58). The constitution of such councils must be approved by the General Coordination Council.

                              

Chapter 4

GENERAL COORDINATION COUNCIL

 

77.    The General Coordination Council, which has its Headquarters in Rome, is the coordinating body of the entire Union, it formulates its own regulations.

78.    The General Coordination Council conscious of the plurality of vocations and of the ecclesial experiences of the members and engaging in spiritual discernment, attentively studies the needs of the universal Church and the actuality of the world, in order to: 

         a)   be a reference point of communion for the entire Union and ensure its internal unity:

               -  in gathering and sharing information regarding the developments, the experiences, the initiatives and the innovations, or, the suggestions from within (the Union);

               -  in committing itself to revitalizing the common Pallottine spirituality among all the members;

               -  in promoting  meetings for the members from different expressions (of the Union);

               -  by formulating the fundamental unifying principles of formation (cf. art. 44);

         b)   increase the apostolic effectiveness of the Union:

               -  in keeping alive its willingness to serve the Church and humanity;

               - by encouraging and guiding the collaboration between the communities and the individual members who are working in a given area or in specific projects;

         c)   stimulate and support the activities of the Local Coordination Councils;

         d)   officially recognize the constitution of the National Coordination Councils, approve their regulations (cf. art. 75) and confirm the election of the President and Vice-President (cf. art. 67);

         e)   formulate criteria for the admission of communities to the Union;

         f)    admit to the Union, Institutes of Consecrated Life of Pontifical Right, Societies of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right and International associations of the faithful, accept their resignation or revoke their membership in accordance with articles 37 and 50§1, and in every instance inform the Pontifical Council for the Laity;

         g)   designate the members of the General Secretariat (cf. art. 98 §1);

         h)   designate three members and their substitutes to the General Assembly (cf. art. 92d);

         i)    convoke the General Assembly, prepare the order of business, the agenda and the procedure to be followed for the election of the ten members of the General Coordination Council and their substitutes, all of these are to be approved by the General Assembly;

         j)    convoke the General Congress, prepare its order of business and its agenda (cf. art. 100);

         k)   designate, in accordance with its Regulations, the General Bursar and the International Finance Commission which assists him/her (cf. art. 111);

         l)    formulate criteria for the administration of all the material goods of the Union and supervise this administration (cf. art. 112);

         m)  approve the budget prepared by the General Bursar (cf. art. 113 §2), the acts of extraordinary administration of the goods of the Union (cf. art. 109 §2) and the annual financial report prepared by the Bursar to be presented to the Pontifical Council for the Laity (cf. art. 113 §3)

79.    The General Coordination Council has power of decision only on the matters provided for by these Statutes. All other of its resolutions are subject to acceptance by the other bodies of the Union and by those responsible for the communities of the Union.

80.    The General Coordination Council is composed of thirteen persons, of which:

          a)   three ex officio members:

               -  the Rector General of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate;

               -  the Superior General of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate;

                - the Superior General of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate;

         b)   ten elected members, representatives of the Union and elected for three years by the General Assembly (cf. art. 93), in accordance with the procedures formulated by the General Coordination Council and approved by the General Assembly (cf. art. 78i).

81.    All the members of the General Coordination Council have the same responsibility and equal rights, while respecting arts. 83-85.

82.    The President and the Vice President are elected from among the members of the Council.  The term of office is three years and they may be re-elected consecutively for one more term only.  

         The election of the President must be confirmed by the Pontifical Council for the Laity, which, for just cause, can also remove the President from office (cf. CIC, cc. 317, §1 & 318, §2).

         If the President defaults for any reason, the Vice President takes his/her place in office until the expiration of the triennium.

         The out-going President, or, if necessary, the Vice President, is responsible for the ordinary administration (of the Union) until the election of the new President is confirmed by the Pontifical Council for the Laity, and has a right to vote only if he/she is an elected member of the new Council. 

83.    The person who assumes the presidency of the General Coordination Council is simultaneously the President of the entire Union and, as such, is its only Legal Representative.  Specifically he/she has the task of:

         a)   convoking and chairing the meetings of the Council;

         b)   representing the Council;

         c)   chairing the General Assembly and the General Congress;

         d)   making juridical transactions in the name of the entire Union.

84.    The President, with the consent of the General Coordination Council, can authorize persons to carry out the legal transactions provided for by Ecclesiastical or civil legislation.

85.    The President, with the consent of the General Coordination Council, entrusts to the juridic persons at the national level, and if necessary at the local level, the material goods of the Union which are present in the respective area of competence, in use and in administration, in part or in whole (cf. arts. 106-107).

86.    The General Coordination Council meets in ordinary session at least once a year.  The date, the duration and the place of the meeting are established in the preceding meeting.

         The President arranges the meeting and prepares the agenda based on the proposals presented by the members of the Council, by the Presidents of the National Coordination Councils and on the relevant current topics in the life of the Union as indicated by the General Secretariat. The agenda is approved by the Council itself at the beginning of the session.

87.    The President may convoke an extraordinary meeting of the General Coordination Council if circumstances make it necessary or if at least seven of its members request it.   

88.    The General Coordination Council can deliberate validly when two thirds of its members, that is nine persons, are present.

         For elections and decisions that are binding on the entire Union two thirds of the votes of the members of the Council, that is, nine votes in favour, are required, this is to ensure that such acts express the unity of the Union as widely as possible.

         For other matters an absolute majority of the votes of the persons entitled to vote, that is seven votes in favour, is required. 

         If the Rector General of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate, by virtue of his responsibility for the Pallottine charism, declares that he cannot approve a motion and indicates the reasons for this, resolution on it is suspended.  

         The matter may be discussed anew in the General Coordination Council after an adequate time of reflection and discernment. 

         If agreement is not reached in this manner, the mediation of the Pontifical Council for the Laity may be sought. 

89.    For important decisions that cannot be postponed, the President may request the vote, by fax and/or letter, of the members of the General Coordination Council, having previously consulted them.

90.    Before decisions are taken regarding the collaborators their opinion is sought in the form that is most appropriate.

               

Chapter 5

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 

91.    The General Assembly is the highest body of consultation and decision making in the Union.  It can be ordinary or extraordinary; it is convoked by the General Coordination Council (cf. art. 78i) and is chaired by its President (cf. art. 83c). 

         The General Assembly approves, as presented by the General Coordination Council, the procedural norms to regulate it and the Assembly proceedings, the order of business and the agenda (cf. art. 78i).

92.    The following participate in the General Assembly with a deliberative vote:

         a)   the members of the General Coordination Council (cf. art. 80) or, if unable, their substitutes (cf. art. 93 §2);

         b)   the General Secretary of the Union;

         c)   the Presidents of the National Coordination Councils or, if unable, the Vice Presidents (cf. art. 67);

         d)   the members or, if unable, their substitutes, designated by the General Coordination Council according to the criteria established by the General Assembly (itself) (cf. art. 78h).

93.    The General Assembly discusses and decides on matters relating to the internal life and apostolate of the Union, including the revision of the General Statutes (cf. art. 115).

         The ordinary General Assembly elects the ten members of the General Coordination Council and their substitutes (cf. art. 80b).

94.    The General Assembly can deliberate validly with the presence of two thirds of its members (cf. art. 92).

         For elections and decisions that are binding on the entire Union two thirds of the votes of the members of the General Assembly are required (cf. art. 92). Following two inconclusive votes an absolute majority of the votes of the members is sufficient (cf. art. 92).

         A vote in the elections, to be valid, must be free, secret, certain, absolute and determined  (CIC, c. 172).

         For decisions on other matters an absolute majority of the votes of the members of the General Assembly is required (cf. art. 92).

         The prescriptions of art. 88 §§ 4-6, are also applicable to the General Assembly.

         The decisions taken by the General Assembly must be communicated to the parties concerned in a verifiable manner, and when the approval of the Pontifical Council for the Laity is not necessary (cf. art. 115), they take effect from the term established by the Assembly

95.    The ordinary General Assembly is convoked every three years.

         An extraordinary General Assembly may be convoked when circumstances render it necessary or when requested by an absolute majority of the National Coordination Councils.

96.   The General Assembly establishes the date in which the newly-elected General Coordination Council, which takes office immediately, elects its President.  The prescriptions of art. 82 §4 are valid until the election is confirmed by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

 

Chapter 6

 

GENERAL SECRETARIAT

 

97.    The General Secretariat of the Union, with Headquarters in Rome and under the direction of the General Secretary, is a permanent and auxiliary structure of the General Coordination Council; it ensures the operational continuity of the meetings of the Council and guarantees the ordinary administration of the Union.  It has its own Regulations which are approved by the Council itself.

98.    The General Coordination Council, in its Regulations, establishes the tasks of the General Secretariat, the procedure to be followed in the designation of the General Secretary and of the members of the Secretariat, as well as the duration of their mandate. 

         In accordance with the Regulations of the General Coordination Council, the General Secretary also acts as Secretary of the Council, directs and coordinates the work of the General Secretariat and ensures its permanent operation.

99.    The General Secretariat, in collaboration with and in the name of the President, deals with the matters that cannot be postponed and takes decisions on the urgent matters that cannot be deferred to the next meeting of the Council.

         The positions taken by and the decisions of the General Secretariat must be ratified by the General Coordination Council (cf. art. 89).

 

Chapter 7

GENERAL CONGRESS

 

100. A General Congress is convoked at least once every six years, for reflection, an exchange of opinions, experiences and proposals, and for a more effective fostering of the universal apostolate.  Participation in the Congress is open to representatives of the members and of the collaborators of the Union (cf. arts. 27 & 30), according to the criteria established by the General Coordination Council.

 

Chapter 8

 THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE MATERIAL GOODS OF THE UNION

 

101. The Union of Catholic Apostolate, as an ecclesiastical juridic person, is capable of acquiring, retaining, administering and alienating temporal goods, in accordance with the norms of the Code of Canon Law and of these Statutes.

         The only criterion for the acquisition and administration of the material goods of the Union is to provide for the apostolic needs.

102.  The Union may acquire temporal goods, in the manner permitted by the law, mainly from:

         a)   donations;

         b)   offerings;

         c)   contributions of the members.

103. In the Union, both the communities and the individual members (cf. art. 27), maintain full autonomy concerning ownership of goods and their administration, in accordance with the Code of Canon Law and their own internal regulations.

104. The Union of Catholic Apostolate, as an International public association (cf. art. 8) is the owner of all the temporal goods acquired for it, at local, National or International level

105. The material goods of the Union of Catholic Apostolate are ecclesiastical goods and, at every level of the Union, are administered according to Canon Law and their own statutes (cf. CIC, c. 1257 §1 in conjunction with cc. 1258-1310).

         The Regulations of the civil juridic persons of the Union must agree with Canon Law and these Statutes.

106. The National Coordination Councils designate Bursars who are legal representatives of the juridic persons constituted in accordance with the civil legislation of each country (cf. art. 85); they are entrusted with the administration and use of the material goods of the Union in the territory of an Episcopal Conference by the President of the General Coordination Council.

107. The material goods of the Union within the area of a Local Coordination Council, which are entrusted in administration and use by the President of the General Coordination Council with the consent of the National Coordination Council, are administered by designated Bursars who are legal representatives of the juridic persons constituted in accordance with the civil legislation of the country.

108. Each National Coordination Council transfers an annual contribution to the General Coordination Council for its service in favour of the entire Union.

109. To the ordinary administration belong:

         a)   the maintenance, restoration, improvements to and development of the profitability of the stable patrimony; 

         b)   all activities necessary for the effective use of the freely disposable property.

         To the extraordinary administration belong, for example, extraordinary alienations, borrowing, underwriting of loans, the acquisition of goods and of special furnishings.

110. In accordance with CIC, c. 1292 §2, the valid alienation of goods, the value of which exceeds the maximum amount established by the Holy See, requires the permission of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

111.  The General Coordination Council designates, for a three year term, the General Bursar and the members of the International Finance Commission, in accordance with what is established in its Regulations (cf. art. 78k).

112. The General Coordination Council, with the cooperation of the General Bursar and the International Finance Commission, supports and supervises the activities of all the Bursars of the Union (cf. art. 78 l).

113. The General Bursar, with the cooperation of the International Finance Commission, is also responsible for the administration of the material goods of the Union which have not been entrusted to the civil juridic persons at National and local levels (cf. art. 85).

         The General Bursar, with the approval of the annual budget by the General Coordination Council, is authorized in his area of competence to validly and legitimately effect all the transactions of ordinary and extraordinary administration.

         Moreover, he prepares annually the account of the entire administration of the material goods of the Union which will be presented to the Pontifical Council for the Laity (CIC, c. 319).

114. The administration of material goods at a National or local level, entrusted to civil juridic persons (cf. art. 85), is the responsibility of the Bursar designated by the competent National or Local Coordination Council, in accordance with the provisions of art. 112.

         The national and local Bursars prepare an annual account of the administration of the material goods, for respectively, the General Coordination Council and the National Coordination Council. 

 

PART V

REVISION OF THE STATUTES

 

115. Amendments to these Statutes may only be made by the General Assembly with a majority of two thirds of the members with a deliberative vote (cf. art. 92) having first sought and received the advice of the National Coordination Councils.

         The General Coordination Council establishes the procedure for such consultation.

         Every amendment to the Statutes must be approved by the Pontifical Council for the Laity (CIC, c. 314).