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Code of Canon Law
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Art. 2. Chapters
Can.631 §1. The general chapter, which holds supreme authority in the institute according to the norm of the
constitutions, is to be composed in such a way that, representing the entire institute, it becomes a true sign of its
unity in charity. It is for the general chapter principally: to protect the patrimony of the institute mentioned in can.
578, promote suitable renewal according to that patrimony, elect the supreme moderator, treat affairs of greater
importance, and issue norms which all are bound to obey.
§2. The constitutions are to define the composition and extent of the power of a chapter; proper law is to
determine further the order to be observed in the celebration of the chapter, especially in what pertains to elections
and the manner of handling affairs.
§3. According to the norms determined in proper law, not only provinces and local communities, but also any
member can freely send wishes and suggestions to a general chapter.
Can.632 Proper law is to determine accurately what is to pertain to other chapters of the institute and to other similar
assemblies, namely, what pertains to their nature, authority, composition, way of proceeding and time of celebration.
Can.633 §1. Organs of participation or consultation are to fulfill faithfully the function entrusted to them according
to the norm of universal and proper law and to express in their own way the concern and participation of all the
members for the good of the entire institute or community.
§2. In establishing and using these means of participation and consultation, wise discretion is to be observed
and their procedures are to conform to the character and purpose of the institute.