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March 2007 (About the Religious Order Status)

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[281] Theological occupations are entitled to independently of the sex. Also religious orders may have members of both sexes, be thus mixed. Children (also of order members) belong to them naturally. Laity orders are desirable, may be guided however willingly by a priest. Goal of the order is the community before L. [282] Special clothes for order members are not envisaged. Characteristics are however the alliance ring for members, that want to remain unmarried, and the L on the left chest side. As special membership sign can be also (alternatively) worn a neck badge. [283] The initiated order members elect among them for five years an order guidance with a principal. To the order guidance belong the treasurer, the responsible person for children, for disabled, for faith questions and the deputy principal. By shortage of staff, personal union is permissible. If priests are in the order, then the responsible person for faith questions is to be elected among them. Vows are not performed. [284] An order member can be only excluded from the community, if zis whereabout in the community cannot be tolerated. More details regulate the rules of the order. On the exclusion, principal and deputy decide together. Principal and deputy can be voted out by a motion of no confidence that must be supported by the majority of the order members by signature. With success of the motion of no confidence, principal and/or deputy are to be elected without delay again. [285] Orders with less than five members or in those a chief cannot be elected are to be suspended or affiliated to other orders. An entry into and a withdrawal from an order are possible within a period of 125 days. The re-entry into an order is not attended by a bishop; on zer principal and deputy decide together. [286] Each order resolves upon rules with at least one two-thirds majority of its initiated members. These rules may be changed with the same majority and are obligatory for all members. The bishop whom the principal chose zerself is responsible, if the principal is a priest, and whom ze has to choose zerself by letter of application, if ze is not a priest. [287] A bishop can reject this choice only if ze would care for more than 125 order communities. If there are not sufficiently bishops, the principals elect an order bishop among the priests. The priests are bound in questions of faith to their bishop, in questions of living together in the order to the bishop of the principal.

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