Decree 4: “On the Formula of the General Congregation,” General Congregation 33 (1983)


The follow decree notes the changes to be made to the Formula of the General Congregation. It also grants the superior general with the authority to make additional changes to the formula “that have to do with the handling of substantive matters insofar as needed” before the next general congregation.

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1.     In the Formula of the General Congregation, n. 12, #1:

The second sentence is to be changed in this way:

“Its members, to be drawn as far as possible from among those to participate in the congregation from each of the assistancies, will be named by the superior (or vicar) general with his council and after the respective regional assistants have been heard.”

 

In the same paragraph a third sentence is to be added:

“It is permissible for the electors to indicate to the superior (or vicar) general some names from their own assistancy suited for this committee.”

 

2.     In the Formula of the General Congregation, n. 42, #4: At the end of the paragraph, after “applied,” these words are to be added:

“or region to which he is assigned.”

 

3.     In the Formula of the General Congregation, n. 130, #2: After the words “for peace and union,” these words are to be added:

“best equipped to proffer counsel on behalf of the entire Society.”

 

4.     In preparing methods and a process for handling substantive matters, in anticipation of the 34th General Congregation, Father General is empowered to change some parts of the Formula of the General Congregation that have to do with the handling of substantive matters insofar as needed and he may do so with the authority of the 33rd General Congregation, after obtaining the deliberative vote of those members of the General Curia who have a right by reason of their office to attend a general congregation.

 

 

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 33, Decree 4, “On the Formula of the General Congregation,” pg. 458 [73–78].