C 25. All matters of importance concerning the life of the community are proper material for the consideration of the monastic chapter. At times the chapter meets to assist the abbot by offering counsel; at times when its consent is required before the abbot can act; and at times to act collegially in those cases specified in the proper law of the Congregation.
D 25.1. The establishment of the agenda for the chapter is the responsibility of the abbot, though individual monks or groups of monks may suggest items for inclusion, according to the practice of the local community.
D 25.2. Announcement of a chapter meeting and publication of the agenda are to be made with adequate advance notice.
C 26. The chapter is composed of the capitulars of the monastery, that is, those monks who have professed solemn vows. All capitulars enjoy full active and passive voice in the chapter, subject to such limitations as may be provided for in universal law or the proper law of the Congregation.
D 26.1. A capitular may also be a monk who has professed simple perpetual vows and subsequently been granted chapter rights by the chapter.
D 26.2. The chapter of each monastery may permit other members of the community to attend meetings of the monastic chapter without the right to vote.
D 26.3. Capitulars have the obligation to make known sincerely their opinions on those matters where counsel is required in order for the abbot to act (CIC 127.3).
D 26.4. Capitulars are obliged to maintain secrecy regarding matters both of consent and counsel if the seriousness of the matter requires it. The abbot has the right to insist on the obligation of secrecy (CIC 127.3).
C 27. All capitulars must be summoned with adequate notice for consideration of those matters of special importance that are specified by the proper law of the Congregation. For other matters at least those capitulars resident at the monastery are to be summoned for a meeting of the chapter.
D 27.1. All capitulars of the monastery must be summoned for consideration of the following matters:
D 27.2. The chapter of each monastery may specify additional matters that require the summoning of all capitulars, including the incurring of a debt obligation less than that indicated in D 27.1.2.
D 27.3. The election of an abbot has its own provisions in the proper law of the Congregation.
C 28. The chapter is convoked by the abbot or, because of necessity and at the abbot’s direction, by the prior or another capitular. The chapter must be convoked for those matters specified in universal law and the proper law of the Congregation; and also when two-thirds of the members of the council of seniors request it.
D 28.1. The consent of the monastic chapter is required for the abbot to act in all instances specified by universal law, by the proper law of the Congregation or by the decision of the local monastic chapter, among which are the following:
D 28.2. The abbot must consult the monastic chapter in all instances specified by universal law, by the proper law of the Congregation or by the decision of the local monastic chapter, among which are the following:
D 28.3. The monastic chapter acts collegially in all instances specified by universal law or by the proper law of the Congregation, among which are the following:
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