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Framework for cooperation in the mission of Regnum Christi
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Institutional steps to foster communion and cooperation among the branches of Regnum Christi.

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On March 19, 2014, the solemnity of St. Joseph, leaders of the different branches of the Regnum Christi Movement approved four documents regarding the process to create an adequate canonical configuration for Regnum Christi as a whole.  These documents are:   

  1. A letter to all the members of Regnum Christi
  2. Decree establishing the International Governing Council of the Regnum Christi Movement
  3. Decree establishing the central Commission for the revision of the General Statutes of the Regnum Christi Movement
  4. Framework of Cooperation


1. A letter to all the members of Regnum Christi

Translation available here  
Spanish original available here

After explaining who participated in the meetings held from March 17th – 19th,  the letter defines the two-fold purpose of those meetings in the following way:   

  • “Sketch the way in which we will continue the process of reflection about Regnum Christi as a whole in order to progress towards an adequate canonical configuration.  This will necessitate a deeper reflection into the nature of the first and second degree of Regnum Christi.”
  • “Agree on the provisory way in which we will facilitate shared direction of the apostolate, promoting the adequate participation and shared responsibility of all the branches.”

Afterwards, the letter addresses three themes. 

First, it presents a history of the reflection to date in order to contextualize the current decisions and offer the rationale behind them.  It then projects three foreseeable phases in the process of reflection: 1. Delve into the fundamental themes; 2. Reflect specifically on the nature of the first and second degree, and the third level of the second degree in particular; 3. Reflect on the charismatic elements common to all the vocations in Regnum Christi.  It is foreseeable that this third phase will conclude with the drafting of the Statutes.

Second, in light of the renewed signs that the Church recognizes the charistmatic gift we have received from God for the service of the Church and mankind, the letter invites all Regnum Christi members to give a new impetus to their evangelizing mission. 

Third, the letter offers an explanation of the document titled “Framework of Cooperation”, which is explained more fully below. 

2. Decree establishing the International Governing Council of the Regnum Christi Movement

Translation available here
Spanish original available here

This decree formally establishes the International Governing Council, defined and described in the fourth part of the “Framework of Cooperation”. The participants are:

  • Fr. Eduardo Robles-Gil Orvañanos, LC, general director of the Legion of Christ, president of the council
  • Gloria Rodríguez Díaz, general director of the Consecrated Women, member of the council
  • Jorge López González, general director of the Consecrated Lay Men, member of the council
  • Cristina Danel Cendoya, general councilor of the Consecrated Women, member of the council
  • Viviana Limón Olavarrieta, general councilor of the Consecrated Women, member of the council
  • Fr. Sylvester Heereman, LC, general councilor of the Legion of Christ, member of the council
  • Fr. Juan Sabadell Riera, LC, general councilor of the Legion of Christ, member of the council
  • Francisco Gámez Arcaya, representative of the first and second degree members, member of the council.

Fr. Jaime Rodríguez Díaz, LC, general secretary of the Legion of Christ, will be the secretary of the council for the first 18 months of its operation. 

 

3. Decree establishing the central Commission for the revision of the General Statutes of the Regnum Christi Movement

Translation available here
Spanish original available here

This decree formally establishes the commission that will revise the General Statutes of Regnum Christi.  The participants are:

  • Fr. Eduardo Robles-Gil Orvañanos, LC, general director of the Legion of Christ, president of the commission
  • Gloria Rodríguez Díaz, general director of the Consecrated Women, councilor of the commission
  • Jorge Jópez González, general director of the Consecrated Lay Men, councilor of the commission
  • Iliano Piccolo, representative of the first and second degree members, councilor of the commission
  • Fr. Sylvester Heereman, LC, general councilor of the Legion of Christ, member and director of the commission
  • Viviana Limón Olavarrieta, general councilor of the Consecrated Women, member of the commission
  • Emilio Martínez Albesa, consecrated lay man of Regum Christi, member of the commission
  • Stefano De Pasquale Ceratti, Regnum Christi member, member of the commission
  • Javier Bendek Viera, consecrated lay man of Regnum Christi, secretary of the commission
  • Br. Pablo Solís Aguirre, LC, secretary of the commission

Fr. Gianfranco Ghirlanda, SJ, and Fr. Roberto Aspe, LC, have been named as consultants.  


4. Provisional Framework of Cooperation for the mission of Regnum Christi on the international and territorial levels

Translation available here
Spanish original available here

The “Framework of Cooperation” is a provisional governing document. 

Part 3 of the “Framework of Cooperation” expresses its purpose in the following way: “Its purpose is to define the mechanisms of management and organs of consultation that are appropriate to the evangelizing mission of Regnum Christi.  It involves all the branches of the Movement in a shared way on the international and territorial levels by means of the participation and shared responsibility of the different states in life and vocations that make up Regnum Christi.”

The “Framework of Cooperation” is a provisional document.  It will be in effect “until the competent Church authority approves a juridical configuration for Regnum Christi.  […] This document will allow us to learn from experience, develop best practices and, with time, draft a satisfactory proposal which can be approved by the Holy See.” 

The “Framework of Cooperation” has five parts in all. 

  • The first part offers a brief theological and spiritual explanation of the “charismatic foundation” of how the different types of members in Regnum Christi share in spirituality and one mission.  “The complementarity of the different vocations brings a unique evangelizing strength to the Movement.”
  • The second part gives an overview of the history of the quest for an appropriate canonical configuration of Regnum Christi.  The Constitutions of the Legion of Christ and the Statutes of the Consecrated Lay Men and of the Consecrated Women each express belonging to Regnum Christi.  However, as of the end of the General Assemblies and the General Chapter, it was not juridically possible to enter into a formal agreement.  On the one hand, the branches of the consecrated lay men and the consecrated women had not yet been established as juridical persons, and so could not enter into such an agreement.  On the other, the currently valid Statutes of Regnum Christi, approved by the Holy See in 2004, do not provide for the organs of participation and representation that would be necessary to validly sign such an agreement.  This situation necessitated intermediate steps of a provisional nature.
  • The third part, quoted above, defines the purpose of the “Framework of Cooperation”.
  • The fourth part defines four “organs of cooperation” and establishes rules for their membership and functioning: 

    • The International Governing Council’s purpose is to direct the apostolic mission of Regnum Christi at an international level. 
    • Plenary International Meetings of the international leadership of each of the branches are to be convoked at least once a year to analyze strategic aspects of Regnum Christi’s evangelizing mission. 
    • The Territorial Governing Council’s purpose is to direct the apostolic mission of Regnum Christi at the territorial level.
    • Plenary Territorial Meetings of the territorial leadership of each of the branches are to be convoked at least twice a year to analyze strategic aspects of Regnum Christi’s evangelizing mission. 

  • The fifth part addresses certain important cooperation issues that directly affect the lives of the consecrated branches and defines the way in which decisions should be made in connection with them. 


PUBLICATION DATE: 2014-03-26


 
 


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