Changes to the Code of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard

The following amendments to the statutes of our code were proposed and agreed to by the Council of Dedicated members of our organisation, at a meeting on 10th November 1998. These changes were submitted to the competent entity of the Order for the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard, the Grand Hospitaller of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, in Rome, Albrecht Frhr. von Boeselager, for approval, which we have received on 1.12.1998. These changes take immediate effect. We print only those parts of the statutes, where changes have been made. Passages, which have been deleted, are printed in strikethrough and passages added are underlined:

Part II

of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard

1. Definition

The Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard (hereinafter shortly referred to as Brotherhood) is a Private Association of Christ's faithful according to the provisions of the Code of Canon Law (CIC 1983, can. 298-311 and 321-326).
As such it identifies itself as an association of Catholics and other people of good will, dedicated to the service of God in the Roman Catholic Church, subject to the supervision and governance of the ecclesiastical authority.
The Brotherhood is affiliated as an autonomous body to the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta (called the Order of the Knights of Malta, hereinafter abbreviated as SMOM). As such the use of the coat of arms of the SMOM is subject to the permission of the SMOM, which can be revoked by them, if the Brotherhood should contravene the ideals and principles of the SMOM. The Brotherhood is accountable to its competent entity, the Grand Hospitaller of the SMOM for all its activities.
According to civil law the Brotherhood is a welfare society directed to the common good of all people.

2. Purpose

The purpose of the Brotherhood is to further the glory of God and strive with a common effort to foster a more perfect life of its members by devoting themselves to the apostolate of the Catholic Church in works of charity to serve "the poor of our Lord Jesus Christ" extending God's loving care to them under the motto "tuitio fidei et obsequium pauperum" (Protection of faith and obsequiousness service to the poor).
The Brotherhood and its members are resolved to take on charitable tasks according to the needs of the people in its catchment area and in keeping with its own capability.
This includes the training of its members and other interested people to exercise such tasks and the raising of funds to fulfill those tasks. All acquired funds are exclusively to be used for the above mentioned purposes.
The Brotherhood wants to serve needy people irrespective of their creed, colour of skin or political affiliation.

3. Centre

The centre of the Brotherhood is St. Anthony's Blessed Gérard's Catholic Church in Mandeni, Republic of South Africa.

4.6. The Management Committee

The Executive Council may nominate suitable members of the Brotherhood to form the Management Committee. The Management Committee acts on behalf of the Executive Council and is responsible for the daily administration and activities of the Brotherhood. All project-coordinators, group leaders and employees of the Brotherhood are directly answerable to the Management Committee.

5.2.2. Supporting Associate Members

Associate members who are not actively involved in the Brotherhood's works, but assist the Brotherhood financially or spiritually are called "Supporting Associate Members". As such those who support the Brotherhood spiritually are called "Spiritual Supporters" and those who support the Brotherhood financially are called "Donors of material goods"."Financial supporters".

5.3. Neutrality

In their capacity as members of the Brotherhood members must not issue any political statements or involve themselves in party politics. Members of the Brotherhood, in their capacity as such, must not issue any political statements or involve themselves in party politics. They may do so in their private capacity, but must not use their membership in the Brotherhood as a vehicle to propagate their political views.

5.4. Suspension of Membership

Members who do not fulfill their obligations as members, may be suspended from their membership of the Brotherhood.

Active members, who have not participated in any activities of the Brotherhood or Financial supporters, who have not honoured their membership fee pledges for more than two years are suspended from their membership in the Brotherhood automatically.
Membership can also be suspended if propriety and / or conduct of the member deteriorate or facts become known which would have prevented acceptance of membership in the first instance and as such would hinder and / or impair the functioning of the Brotherhood.
Suspension of membership debars the member from all rights and privileges of membership until it is officially revoked.

5.5. Disciplinary measures against office bearers, project coordinators or group leaders

If an office bearer, project coordinator or group leader would not fulfill the duties proper to his / her assignment, he / she may be removed from his / her position.

5.6. Authority to suspend membership or to impose disciplinary measures.

Any suspension of membership or disciplinary measure is to be decided upon through a majority vote of the Executive Council.
In cases of urgency suspension of membership or disciplinary measures may be imposed immediately by the President, who has to inform the Executive Council about the circumstances.
Members, who have been suspended or disciplined may appeal against the measures taken, to the Council of the Dedicated Members, who, after due consideration, may modify or revoke such measures.

5.4 5.7. Cessation of membership

The membership in the Brotherhood ends through

5.4.1 5.7.1. the death of the member;

5.4.2 5.7.2. the issue of a written notice of resignation to the Executive Council Brotherhood by the respective member;
a Dedicated Member doing so must ask his or her confessor for dispensation from the promise made.

5.4.3 5.7.3. expulsion, which can only be decided upon by the Executive Council, if the conduct of a member considerably harms the reputation of the Brotherhood or hinders impairs its activities.

8. Insignia and vestments.

All members wear the Brotherhood medal on a red braid on festive occasions.
At special functions The Dedicated Members of the Brotherhood wear a black cape, with the badge in front of the left shoulder on the left side of the chest, at special functions.
Members of the Executive Council wear a black blazer with gold Maltese Cross buttons and the badge on the left breast pocket.
Dedicated Members wear a black blazer with silver coloured Maltese Cross buttons and the badge on the left breast pocket.
Active members may wear a black blazer with bronze coloured Maltese Cross buttons and the badge on the left breast pocket.
The Active members wear a short sleeved white pilot style shirt with the badge on the left breast pocket.
Further regulations regarding the dress code are part of the Particular Norms of the Brotherhood.
Insignia and Decorations, as far as they are approved by the SMOM, are worn on top of the left breast pocket of the blazer, above the badge.

11. Amendment of the statutes

The statutes can only be amended by the Council of the Dedicated Members, provided that all the founder members present of the Executive Council unanimously agree to such amendment. and Amendments of the statutes must be approved by the competent entity of the SMOM to come into force.

It is strongly recommended that you take note of these changes and keep this copy with your original code, which was posted to you when you joined the organisation.

If you want a new copy of the entire code, please call at the office.

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