Thursday, February 24, 2011

Legionaries of Christ begin revision of constitutions and examine finances.

The Legion of Christ provides an update on the ongoing revision of the Congregation in a bulletin from Rome, dated February 22, 2011. The highlights are as follows:

The papal delegate for the Legionaries of Christ, Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, C.S., has created a commission for the study and revision of the congregation’s financial situation. The commission has a consultative function and will report to the papal delegate and the general director with their respective councilors. The commission will define its own work program and a calendar to complete its task which is to study the administrative area of the congregation so as to give definitive answers to the questions and concerns that have been raised, and to see what improvements may be necessary..

The financial commission will be led by Archbishop Domenico Calcagno, secretary of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, and will also include: Msgr. Mario Marchesi, one of the papal delegate’s four councilors; Dr. Rosino Antonio Morelli, who works with the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See; Fr. Eduardo Vigneaux, LC, general administrator of the Legion of Christ; and Fr Alberto Simán, LC, who works in the general secretariat of the Legion of Christ.

Meanwhile, the Legion also announced that this past January 31, Legionary Superiors from Mexico had a series of meetings with Fr Gianfranco Ghirlanda, S.J., councilor of the papal delegate, at the Anáhuac University of Mayab in Mérida, in the Mexican state of Yucatán. The superiors from Atlanta, Brazil, Chile, New York, and Venezuela met with him in the same city on February 4.

Fr Ghirlanda presented the process for revising the Legionary constitutions, and informed the superiors about the details of the territorial commission that will assist in the process.

The Europe based Superiors met in Rome on January 28, for the same purpose, with with the papal delegate, Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, and his councilors, Fr. Gianfranco Ghirlanda, S.J., and Fr Agostino Montan, C.S.I. Bishop Brian Farrell, LC, was also present at the final meetings.

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