Thursday, January 9, 2014

Chapter timeline

The Extraordinary General Chapter of the Legionaries of Christ is under way. I have been very curious as to the timeline they would follow. It has been published on their site dedicated to Chapter. Here is a paragraph that explains what will happen.
The first phase of the Chapter, scheduled to last approximately 20 days, will  consist mainly in the revision of the new constitutions. After that the election of the new leadership will follow, the results of which will be made public. Then the second phase of the Chapter begins, which will address various issues regarding the life of the Congregation. 
That means the revision of the Constitution, which is supposedly the beef of the matter of renewal, will be done under the supervision of the old guard of superiors still in place. After that they will elect new superiors. So the ones who have closely guarded the whole process will be in charge of seeing it to the end, then pass it on to the new superiors once finished. That's pretty nifty, don't you think?

The results of the election of the new superiors will be made public, but I can't way to see if the make public the results of the revision of the Constitution. I think not, but we may be surprised.

You can follow their progress on the General Chapter site. It's in Spanish, but the press releases have and English translation.

===UPDATE 5/2/2014===

This note appeared on the above mentioned website today:
Based on the progress made so far, it is expected that the review of the constitutions will be finalized in the coming days.
If this is true, then the election of the new superiors of the legion should take place shortly. There has been a rumor that this already took place and Vatican approval is pending. On January 26, Card. DePaulis addressed the Chapter regarding the role of the superior in the Congregation. But no mention was made of an election. We will have to wait and see. Whoever is chosen as General Director will give a clear indication of the path the Legionaries have chosen for the future.