Summary of References to Statutes in the Code of Canon Law

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Prepared by Fr. Jason Gray, February 3, 2006
Copyright © 2006 by Fr. Jason Gray
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Statutes are required for juridic persons and associations as well as some other entities such as a presbyteral council or diocesan pastoral council.  Nevertheless, it may be difficult to know what information should be contained in statutes when they must be composed.

The following list represents a summary of the many important elements that should be considered when composing statutes.  This list is gleaned from the many references to statutes in the Code of Canon Law.

Consideration of these factors can help insure that newly composed statutes are well crafted and comprehensively address these essential elements for an ecclesiastical entity.  The elements are grouped so that they may be easily considered, especially when composing statutes.

Because statutes are used by a variety of ecclesiastical entities, the general term "group" will be used when referring to these entities.  Although this is not a technical term, it should be understood as applying to juridic persons, associations, and other entities requiring statutes.

The purpose of the group

The constitutive elements of the group The role of ecclesiastical authority The government of the group The selection of officers The roles of officers Methods of decision-making The administration of goods The membership of the group Other miscellaneous provisions The division or the dissolution of the group