The Constitution and the Statutes

of the Swiss-American Benedictine Congregation

Established by the General Chapter


Section II: Norms for the Individual Monasteries

A. Of the Organs of Government of the Monastery
3. Of the Council

C21 The council of a monastery consists of the prior, the subprior if the monastery has one, and other councilors whose number is to be determined by the chapter.

C22 At least one half of the councilors must be elected by the chapter, for terms whose length shall be determined by the Customary of the monastery. The other councilors may be appointed by the abbot. The number of councilors to be, respectively, elected by the chapter and appointed by the abbot is to be placed in the Customary of the house after it has been determined by the Chapter.

C23 The abbot or his delegate convokes the council and presides at its meetings. Beyond those occasions when the abbot must convoke the council (S 29) or should convoke it (S 28), the council is convoked at the abbot's discretion or at the request of at least one half of the councilors.

S27 To the council's discussion of a particular matter the abbot may call other persons whom he judges especially competent in that matter, for their advice.

S28 At least semiannually the abbot with his council should examine the life of the community, particularly its prayer and work.

S29 1) The consent of the council, given by an absolute majority of voices in secret ballot, is required in order for the following acts to be valid:

#1- Financial acts, according to the norms of financial responsibility determined by the general chapter (S 55; C69);
#2- Continuation in the novitiate, if the chapter has assigned this to the council according to the provision in S 40.2;
#3- Permission for a monk to live outside a Benedictine house for a just cause, for not more than a year (CIC 665.1).

2) The abbot must consult his council:

#1- On all matters to be proposed to the chapter;
#2- On important matters which do not require the consent of the chapter;
#3- On beginning a process of dismissal (CIC 697);
#4- On excluding a temporarily professed monk from admission to a subsequent profession (CIC 689.1);
#5- On presenting a novice to the chapter for admission to first profession (CIC 656.3);
#6- On presenting a temporarily professed monk to the chapter for admission to solemn profession (CIC 658 with 656.3);

3) The abbot and his council must act together collegially in performing the following acts:

#1- In issuing the declaration of fact in a case of ipso facto dismissal (CIC 694), it being required that the abbot present evidence of the fact to the council, and that the declaration of fact then be officially recorded in the minutes of the council;
#2- In evaluating incorrigibility and inadequacy of defense after the canonical warnings have been given in a process of dismissal (CIC 697);
#3- In depriving a capitular of his active or passive voice, or of both, in chapter, and in restoring them to him (C 56).



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