Rome, May 9,
2012 - The Central Commission for the revision of the
Constitutions of the Legion of Christ has sent to all
Legionaries its report on the activities undertaken during the first
year of work on the revision of the Constitutions.
A summary of the report
year of the revision process has seen all communities participating
intensely, with the vast majority of the Legionaries showing great
interest in providing input and suggestions.
On December 10, 2010, Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, papal delegate,
established the Central Commission for the revision of the Constitutions.
On January 28, 2011, he met in Rome with the
superiors of the communities in Europe to explain the renewal
process. Meanwhile, on January 31 and February 4, 2011, Fr.
Gianfranco Ghirlanda, S.J., — one of the Cardinal´s personal advisers
— met in Merida, Mexico, with the superiors of the
communities of North and South America.
Shortly thereafter, territorial commissions were established. Their purpose
is to ensure that local meetings run smoothly and to
resolve issues as they arise. The territorial commissions analyze, summarize
and evaluate proposals from the communities before forwarding them to
the Central Commission.
2011, Cardinal De Paolis and his two counselors, Fr. Ghirlanda
and Fr. Agostino Montan, gave several lectures in Rome on
topics related to religious life in the Church to orient
the process of renewal. Recordings were made available to Legionaries
2. The Method
Central Commission prepares reflection guides containing a doctrinal and canonical
overview of the topic being studied, proposing relevant texts from
the Church’s Magisterium. The guide includes a questionnaire that serves
to guide the dialogue and the exchange of views and
makes a proposal for the new text of the Constitutions.
- Communities meet on
a regular basis to discuss the guides. Minutes are taken
at each meeting, primarily recording comments on principles, criteria and
topics which need to be expressed in the Constitutions, as
well as aspects to be improved, updated, added or deleted
in order to better articulate and safeguard the spiritual heritage
of the Congregation.
The territorial commissions meet regularly to examine the points of
consensus and divergence, to organize the input received and to
send the results to the Central Commission.
- Since the summer of 2011, the
Central Committee has been meeting once a month for a
week to review all submissions and proposals received.
3. Next Steps
The Central Commission will continue to develop
the reflection guides for 2013, which focus on the government
and financial administration of the Congregation. The commission has begun
to study the contributions they have received from the Territorial
Commissions for the topics assigned for 2012.
The committee’s report notes that the members of
the congregation have already reflected on topics such as the
- Purpose and
nature of the congregation of the Legionaries of Christ
- The fundamental lines of
Legionary spirituality- The living out of the Christian virtues and
religious life in the Legion
- The way of living the evangelical counsels of
poverty, chastity and obedience
- Prayer practices and the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation
- Some of the
norms of religious discipline and the means of perseverance
- The canonical and
moral obligation of the Constitutions
Once more, we thank God for this journey of
renewal that the Legionaries of Christ are following under the
supervision of the Papal Delegate. We ask our readers to
join us in prayer so that the Holy Spirit may
continue to guide these steps which are so critical for
the future of the Legion and its service to the
Church and society.