Decree 37: “Information Service,” General Congregation 31 (1966)

The following decree is the last of seventeen decrees used by the delegates of the 31st General Congregation to address the topic of the Jesuit apostolate. Regarding the topic of information service, the delegates state the importance of communicating “all that goes on in the Society or outside of it which in any way affects its life.” They request the superior general to ensure effective and dissemination of relevant information.

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The 31st General Congregation recognizes how important it is for the Society and especially for Father General to be informed about all that goes on in the Society or outside of it which in any way affects its life. It recommends that Father General examine the entire question of an information service, both in the General Curia and in the whole Society, and that he take care to have some specialists trained who will be able at a suitable time to set up effective information centers. In addition, the Memorabilia Societatis Iesu should be revised. It should be edited in a modern language and contain not only “what makes for edification” but everything that is “worthy of note,” including the problems and difficulties that confront the Society in different parts of the world.



Original Source (English translation):

Jesuit Life & Mission Today: The Decrees & Accompanying Documents of the 31st35th General Congregations of the Society of Jesus, ed. John W. Padberg. St. Louis, Mo.: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 2009, General Congregation 31, Decree 37, “Information Service,” pg. 188 [605].