The General Chapter in a Religious Institute: with Particular Reference to IBVM Loreto Branch by Elizabeth Cotter IBVMThe General Chapter in a Religious Institute: with Particular Reference to IBVM Loreto Branch by Elizabeth Cotter IBVM

The General Chapter in a Religious Institute: with Particular Reference to IBVM Loreto Branch

byElizabeth Cotter IBVM

Paperback | October 21, 2008

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This book examines the historical antecedents of the concept of general chapter, the supreme authority in an institute of consecrated life. This provides the basis for an examination of the contemporary understanding of the nature of its power and authority, as portrayed in the 1983 Code of Canon Law. The general chapter is analysed in terms of its juridic status, collegial nature, participative character and representative function as well as its dynamic aspects and faith dimension. The author applies the findings to one institute of consecrated life, Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary Loreto Branch. This application provides an example of the challenges inherent in working participatively and collaboratively within a hierarchical structure. Because consecrated life has an inalienable ecclesial dimension, understanding authority and power and their exercise in institutes of consecrated life has relevance for understanding authority and its exercise in other organs of authority at all levels in the church.
The Author: Elizabeth M. Cotter was born and educated in Dublin. Following her novitiate in IBVM and studies in University College Dublin, she taught in Loreto schools. She was Principal from 1985 to 2001 during which time she received an M.A. in Adult Christian Community Development from Regis College, Denver, CO. From 2001 to 2006, s...
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Title:The General Chapter in a Religious Institute: with Particular Reference to IBVM Loreto BranchFormat:PaperbackDimensions:5.91 × 8.66 × 0.68 inPublished:October 21, 2008Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:303911414X

ISBN - 13:9783039114146

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Contents: Features of the general chapter – An organ of government – Regulating principles – Power and authority – The influence of Vatican II – Post-conciliar developments in understanding ecclesiastical jurisdiction – The place of consecrated life in the Church – Influence of democratic principles – Types of general chapter – Canonical structure of the general chapter – Faith dimension – Discernment and theological reflection – Decision-making processes – The role of the supreme moderator – Evolution of general chapter in IBVM – The North American IBVM experience in contrast to the former Irish Branch IBVM experience – Hierarchical government – Developing an inclusive form of government – Feminizing the Constitutions of St. Ignatius of Loyola – The role of «Proper Law».