Perpetual Society Decree of Erection
Francis Cardinal George
by the grace of God and the favor of the Apostolic See
Archbishop of Chicago
DECREE OF ESTABLISHMENT
The Pious Foundation of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius Perpetual Society
Whereas the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius (Canons Regular) strive “to restore the Sacred in the Church, in the world and in their own lives in pursuit not only of their own sanctification, but also the salvation and sanctification of all” (Constitutions, art. 2).
Whereas it is right and good that the Christian Faithful, who, though unable to attend liturgical celebrations with the Canons Regular, have become aware of their unique apostolate, wish to share in the spiritual treasures obtained through their sacred apostolate. And, recognizing the desires of the faithful to obtain for themselves, for loved ones and for departed souls the immeasurable graces obtained through the Treasury of the Church, we hereby decree as follows:
- As competent authority in accord with Canon 1304, having reviewed the statutes of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius Perpetual Society (Perpetual Society), and convinced of the Canons Regular’s ability to undertake and administer a foundation associated with the Perpetual Society, we permit the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius to accept offerings for the purposes stated in the statutes of the Perpetual Society.This foundation is a non-autonomous pious foundation under the administration of the Canons Regular, and exists until dissolved by competent authority in accord with the statutes of the Perpetual Society, or upon the legitimate dissolution of the Canons Regular.
- The foundation shall be known as The Pious Foundation of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius Perpetual Society.
- The Perpetual Society is recognized as an initiative of the Canons Regular undertaken in keeping with its own character (Canon 315), and the statutes of the Perpetual Society are approved. The foundation shall be administered in accord with these statutes, and remains subject to existing canonical norms and applicable civil legislation.