Extra-Ordinary Definitory_Wednesday, 6th February

Extra-Ordinary Definitory_Wednesday, 6th February

The morning Eucharist was celebrated in French, commemorating the holy martyrs of Japan (Paul Miki and companions). Presiding was Fr Roger Tshimanga, the Delegate General of the Congo. The liturgy was prepared by the French-speaking group.

At the beginning of today’s working session, the members of the Extraordinary Definitory were called upon to fulfil the mandate of the 2015 General Chapter (cf. Chapter document “It is time to walk”, N. 32), by expressing their opinion on the various possible options: Rewriting the Constitutions, partial revision of the constitutional text or writing a Declaration concerning our charism. After having reflected extensively these days on the results of the first stage of work of rereading the Constitutions, in which during these three years all the circumscriptions and the communities of the Order have been involved, as well as on the meaning and the implications of each of the proposed options, the Extraordinary Definitory voted by a large majority to not proceed, at least for the moment, to a modification of the existing text of the Constitutions, but to undertake the drafting of a Declaration on the Charism of the Carmelite-Teresian life. At the present time, this work has emerged as extremely necessary to regain awareness of the inalienable elements of the charism we have received for the good of the whole Church, and to express them adequately in our time.

Lukasz Kansy, a Definitor, subsequently submitted some proposals for a revision of the Norms (relating to the first part: N. 1-134). We recall that this type of updating is envisaged by our laws as a normal activity of General Chapters (cf. Constitutions 153) and does not need to be submitted to the Holy See for confirmation.

In the afternoon, the geographic-linguistic groups discussed the proposals presented in the morning. Finally, Fr Paolo De Carli, Bursar General, presented the financial report, with the help of slides, explaining the management of our general economy in relation to the various circumscriptions, insisting on the basic qualities that must characterize the good administrator (at all Levels: Local, Provincial and General) and a healthy management: responsibility, transparency and trust.