April 5, 2019
To the members of Regnum Christi
Dear friends in Christ:
I send you a heartfelt greeting as we continue our journey towards the celebration of Holy Week.
I wanted to let you know that on March 20, 2019, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL) responded to our request to establish the Regnum Christi Federation. The CICLSAL informed the three general directors it is willing to establish the Federation of the Legionaries of Christ, the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi and Lay Consecrated Men of Regnum Christi, to which other members of the faithful can associate on an individual basis.
The CICLSAL reviewed the proposed text of the Statutes of the Regnum Christi Federation according to its usual procedures and made some observations. These imply a change to the technical language (avoid using the term “branches of the Federation”) and a simplification of the norms around governance, moving the details about the territorial and local governance to another legislative code of the Federation. In addition, we have to review the length of the section on “The spiritual foundations of the Regnum Christi Federation” and make sure that the section on “The authority in the Federation” fully respects all the canonical competencies that are proper to the institutions that are federating.
We gratefully accept the response of the Holy See as it continues to guide us on the path of renewal. Over the past few days, the three general directors have shared this information with their respective councils and the General Directive Committee of Regnum Christi; now the Statutes Commission will begin to make the necessary changes.
Following the usual procedures for cases like these, it is up to the three general directors, with the consent of their respective councils, to submit jointly the modified text requested by the CICLSAL. We are asking for an appointment at the beginning of May to comply with this task.
Wishing everyone a Holy Week full of blessings from the Lord, I remain yours in Christ,