D E C R E E
"We live in the
Church at a privileged moment of the Spirit": declared His Holiness Paul VI in the
Apostolic Exhortation "Evangelii Nuntiandi" (n. 75). There are, indeed,
many signs throughout the world by which we can see the fruits of the Spirit. Currents,
movements and testimonies of holiness renew the communion and the mission of the Church,
built on hierarchical and charismatic gifts. Among them are the Catholic Charismatic
Renewal or Renewal in the Spirit and the new forms of Community life arising from it.
"The vigour and the fruits of the Renewal said His Holiness John Paul II to
the participants in the 6th International Assembly of
Charismatic Renewal, on 15 May 1987 certainly testify to the powerful presence of
the Holy Spirit in the Church during these years following the Second Vatican Council. The
Spirit has, of course, guided the Church in every age bringing forth a great variety of
gifts among the faithful. Thanks to the Spirit, the Church constantly keeps her youth and
vitality. And the Charismatic Renewal is an eloquent manifestation of this vitality today,
a vigorous affirmation of what "the Spirit is saying to the Churches" (Rev.
2:7), as we draw near to the end of the second millennium".
To support the very
different realities of individuals and groups that respond to the current of the Catholic
Charismatic movement, since 1978, the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service
has given a concrete and positive response facilitating communication and cooperation
Accepting now the
request to obtain pontifical recognition made by ICCRS, according to the current Code of
Appreciating the aims
of the ICCRS of "service and promotion of the CCR all over the world, under the Holy
Spirits action" (art. 1), having "a special concern for the faithfulness
to the Catholic Church of charismatic renewal participants, both individuals and groups,
and for their obedience to the Pope as well as to the other bishops, according to the
Churchs teachings" (art. 3),
attentively the Statutes presented by the ICCRS and consulted several canonists, and
following the incorporation in the statutes of observations made by the Pontifical Council
for the Laity and by the same ICCRS on July 8, 1993,
In continuing and
strengthening a more institutional and regular relationship between ICCRS and the Holy
See, particularly through the Pontifical Council for the Laity, whose Vice-President,
Bishop Paul J. Cordes, has been nominated by the Holy Father as Episcopal Advisor of
ICCRS, "ad personam",
Comforted by the
positive testimonies given by many Cardinals and Bishops concerning the service rendered
by ICCRS in the communion and mission of the Church,
Keeping also in mind
that on 30 November 1990 the Pontifical Council for the Laity granted recognition to the
Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships, as a private
association of the faithful, and in the hope that there will be a fruitful relationship of
dialogue and cooperation between this association and ICCRS,
THE PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR THE LAITY
D E C R E E S
The recognition of ICCRS as a body for the promotion of the CCR,
with a juridical personality, according to Can. 116,
approving their Statutes, in their original form, deposited in the Archives of
PAUL J. CORDES
EDUARDO CARD. PIRONIO
From the Vatican, 14 September, 1993, Feast of the
Glorification of the Cross
The Catholic charismatic
renewal is not a single, unified world wide movement. It does not have a
single founder or group of founders as many other movements do. It has no
membership lists. It is a highly diverse collection of individuals, groups and
activities, often quite independent of one another, in different stages and
modes of development and with differing emphases, that nevertheless share the
same fundamental experience and espouse the same general goals. This pattern of
loose-knit relationships is found at the diocesan and national
levels as well as on the international level. These relationships are
very often characterised by free association, dialogue, and collaboration rather
than by integration into an ordered structure. Leadership is characterised more
by offering service to those who want it rather than by governance.
The central goals of Catholic
charismatic renewal, or Catholic Pentecostal renewal as it is also called,
1. To foster mature and
continuous personal conversion to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.
2. To foster a decisive personal
receptivity to the person, presence and the power of the Holy Spirit.
These two spiritual graces are often
experienced together in what is called in different parts of the world a baptism
in the Holy Spirit, or a release of the Holy Spirit, or a renewal
of the Holy Spirit. They are most often understood as a personal acceptance
of the graces of Christian initiation and as an empowering for personal
Christian service in the Church and in the world.
3. To foster the reception and
use of the spiritual gifts (charismata) not only in the charismatic
renewal but also in the broader Church. These gifts, ordinary and extraordinary
are abundantly found among laity, religious and clergy. Their proper
understanding and use in harmony with other elements of the church life is a
source of strength for Christians on their journey towards holiness and in the
carrying out of their mission.
4. To foster the work of
evangelization in the power of the Holy Spirit, including the evangelization
of the unchurched, the re-evangelization of nominal Christians, the
evangelization of culture and social structures. The renewal especially promotes
sharing in the Church's mission by proclaiming the gospel in word and deed, and
by bearing witness to Jesus Christ through personal testimony and through those
works of faith and justice to which each one is called.
5. To foster the ongoing growth
in holiness through the proper integration of these charismatic emphases with
the full life of the Church. This is accomplished through participation in a
rich sacramental and liturgical life, and appreciation of the tradition of
Catholic prayer and spirituality, and ongoing formation in Catholic doctrine
guided by the Church's magisterium, and participation in the pastoral plan of
These goals and the projects that
flow from them have marked the Catholic charismatic renewal in individuals,
prayer groups, communities, local, diocesan and national service teams and
ministries. In order to serve needs for communication, co-operation and
co-ordination, a council and an international office were set up in 1978 under
the auspices of Leon Joseph Cardinal Suenens, named by Pope Paul VI
as his Episcopal Adviser to the renewal on the international level. The council
was formed of leaders from around the world and the office was established first
in Brussels and later in Rome. On May 23, 1984, Pope John Paul II named
Bishop Paul J. Cordes to succeed Cardinal Suenens as his representative
to the Council. Since 1978 the Council has developed an international
organisation which on one hand promotes communication and co operation among
renewal organisations on the national level and on the other hand provides a
channel of communication and co operation for the international renewal with the
Holy See. This organisation is now to be known as ICCRS, International
Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services.
The International Catholic
Charismatic Renewal Service (ICCRS) is an institution (organisation)
which seeks to foster charismatic renewal in the Roman Catholic Church on the
world wide level. The institution consists of an international council which
shares and establishes the central goals, objectives and projects, having an
office located in Rome, responsible for carrying out the decisions of the
In pursuing its goals and objectives
ICCRS seeks to offer helpful service to the renewal world wide. ICCRS
seeks to gather wisdom, insight and experience from around the world and in turn
make it available world wide. When ICCRS presents teaching or pastoral
advice, issues guidelines, or offers on site training, it does so as a servant
offering help, not as an authority expecting compliance.
In relating to national and local
expressions of charismatic renewal ICCRS desires to stress its commitment
to this servant role. It has therefore an authority of service, a certain
moral authority. ICCRS does not, however, seek to impose its
authority but only to offer its services. The relationship between ICCRS
and national and local expressions of the renewal in no way limits the
relationships between renewal groups and their local and national bishops. Nor
does the relationship with ICCRS in any way limit the freedom of any
individual or group in the renewal to relate to the Holy See.
Art. l. International
Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services, known as ICCRS, is at the world level the principal co-ordinating
organisation of the Catholic charismatic renewal (CCR). Its
mission is service and promotion of the CCR all over the world, under the
Holy Spirit's action, in close contact with the Holy See. Under Pope John
Paul II, ICCRS has been directed to relate to the Holy See primarily through its
Episcopal Adviser at the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
Art. 2. ICCRS is a JURIDICAL PERSONALITY "ad instar", i.e. corresponding to
a PRIVATE ASSOCIATION OF THE FAITHFUL (Cf., CC 321-329,116, §2).
Art. 3. ICCRS has a special concern
for the faithfulness to the Catholic Church of charismatic renewal participants,
both individuals and groups, and for their obedience to the Pope as well as to
the other bishops, according to the Church's teachings.
On the horizontal level, ICCRS strives to maintain cordial
relationships of respect and friendship with spiritual movements that exist
within the Catholic Church, avoiding in its policies special privileges in
accordance with the Apostle's teachings in Phil. 2:1-11 and Eph. 4:2-7.
While preserving its Catholic identity, ICCRS maintains fraternal bonds
with other Christian communities believing in the shared possession of the Holy
Spirit. But ICCRS does not initiate any international ecumenical activity
without obeying the Church's norms on this issue, first having consultation,
where required, with the Holy See or the diocesan bishop.
In order to be of service to all the individuals and groups within the
CCR, ICCRS makes a special effort to welcome renewal participants who
call upon it and seek to meet their needs.
In order to be of service to all the individuals and groups within the
CCR, ICCRS makes a special effort to welcome renewal participants who
call upon it and seek to meet their needs.
Art. 7. In giving these
services ICCRS does not have any jurisdictional authority over the CCR,
since this is directly under the diocesan Bishop. However, ICCRS acknowledges a
moral influence in the CCR world wide by reason of the services it provides
described in these statutes.
Art. 8. ICCRS serves the CCR world wide as a centre of unity, communication and
co-operation in order to fulfil Christ's desire: "That they may all be
one" (Jn. 17:21) and to keep Christ's body without divisions (1 Co.
12:4-31). This unity has to be understood within the context of diversity, since
inside the CCR different forms and manifestations can be, and in fact, are
embraces the following:
1) Helping all CCR leaders of the world through
This is accomplished by:
a) preparing different material about CCR and placing it at their
b) participating, through its members, in conferences, congresses,
assemblies, etc., in order to encourage security, communion, peace and joy as
well as solid doctrine;
c) helping with financial aid, visits and exchanges among the different
centres of mutual enrichment; and
d) helping to promote those approaches or decisions which would be more
prudent and in conformity with the Church's intentions in that which concerns
evangelization, pastoral work, etc.
In all this, and, in general, in all matters ICCRS resolves to act with a
great respect for the principle of subsidiarity.
CCR and the Bishops in the encouragement and in the discernment of charisms,
following the doctrine of Vatican II (LG 12,2).
for mutual understanding between the CCR and the Church, following the
Popes' orientations, and encouraging at an international level the collaboration
among the CCR, bishops and theologians.
CCR participants to work for the evangelization of the world "We are
ruled by Christ's love for us" (2 Cor 5:14) pointing towards the third
millennium after Christ's birth. This is a challenge given by the Roman Pontiff.
ICCRS accepts it, trusting in the Holy Spirit's special assistance, working to
focus CCR's energies from the most developed areas towards those which are less
developed or poor.
as an information centre for the CCR and for all those who wish to know
6) In its
spirit of service ICCRS will maintain a relationship of dialogue and
collaboration with the "Catholic Fraternity of Covenant Communities",
established as a Private Association of the Faithful by the Holy See.
Art. 9. ICCRS, to better
obtain the above-mentioned aims or objectives, commits itself to fulfil the
by the president or other members, in so far as possible, CCR national
co-ordinators and CCR centres around the world. Their visits are to coincide, if
possible, with some important event which will gather a considerate number of
CCR participants. They are also to exchange with the leaders their impressions
on their programs and projects and offer services in so far as possible to these
regularly with CCR leaders throughout the world through letters, the ICCRS
Newsletter for leaders, and other writings.
world wide conferences and congresses for CCR leaders as well as supporting
other initiatives and proposals for other kinds of conferences of meetings on
national and international levels.
theological and pastoral studies about the CCR, known as "ICCRS
Documents", and gradually developing them in such a way that the subjects
for an adequate catechesis for the CCR groups will be covered.
other writings and publications on CCR in different parts of the world and
facilitation of their translation into other languages.
frequent contact with the Holy See through the Episcopal Adviser and The
Pontifical Council for the Laity.
the different dicasteries or offices of the Holy See to keep them informed
of the CCR world wide progress and to dialogue with them on CCR theological and
pastoral aspects. The visits will be carried out by those members delegated by
the ICCRS at its annual general meeting.
distributing financial aid for the development and promotion of CCR in the
poorest regions of the world in accordance with ICCRS' means.
The goals, objectives
and projects of ICCRS will be promoted by its Council. In the services offered
to the regions and countries of the world, ICCRS has no juridical authority over
l. ICCRS' Council
The members of ICCRS
comprise the ICCRS Council. ICCRS' Council consists of a President, a
Vice-President and 12 councillors, chosen in the following way: 2 from North
America, 2 from Latin America, 3 from Europe (one from
northern Europe, one from southern Europe, and one from eastern Europe), 2
from Africa (one from the French speaking nations and one the English
speaking ones), and 3 from Asia-Oceania. The ICCRS Council has an
Episcopal Adviser, appointed by the Holy Father.
The Council may admit
new members from particular ministries, covenant communities and major
geographical areas not already present.
Art. 13. ICCRS has its official
office in Rome. The change of location must be approved by a majority of 2/3,
with the approval of the Episcopal Adviser, and dialogue with the Pontifical
Council for the Laity.
b) Mission of each member
It is the duty of the President to:
1) keep in contact with and consult other members;
2) implement the decisions of ICCRS;
3) convoke and preside over ICCRS' meetings and to prepare an
agenda after consultation with other members;
4) represent ICCRS before the Holy See with the delegates mentioned in
5) appoint office staff and to
assign their duties; and,
6) authorise major
expenditures by councillors.
The Vice-President helps and assists the President whenever that
office holder is impeded.
1) are obliged to attend ICCRS' meetings;
2) must keep frequent contact with the President and the ICCRS
office and provide information asked of them;
3) must serve on the ICCRS committees to which they are appointed;
4) must send an annual detailed report to ICCRS on the situation
of CCR in their geographic area or particular area of concern, giving a real
assessment of the renewal;
5) must strive to live up to CCR
to be authentic examples
geographic group or particular area;
6) must seek to represent ICCRS
own geographic or particular area
and to as many CCR groups in that
area as possible;
7) should be available to assist
progress of CCR groups through
frequent consultation with their
directors in addition to what is
stated in Article 8;
8) may establish regional centres for counselling and similar
9) may jointly on the basis of
language, geographical proximity
common interest gather renewal
to study the
possibilities for mutual assistance,
exchange of services, personnel
or the holding of joint
assemblies, congresses, etc.
Art. 17. The Episcopal Adviser:
1) is invited to attend ICCRS' meetings
2) assists the ICCRS Council and its Office in a theological and
3) ensures that the central goals of the Catholic Charismatic movements
and of ICCRS corresponds to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church and
especially to the teachings and orientation of the Holy Father with regard to
4) promotes unity within the plurality
the Catholic Charismatic
at the international level;
5) he is consulted especially with regard to
decisions and programs
(such as, for
example, the choice of a President,
changes in the
Statutes and headquarters).
Art. 18. The
duration of the mandate. ICCRS' members are elected for a three year
period. They can be re-elected. but only for two consecutive times (six more
years), nevertheless, in special circumstances, ICCRS can extend the
mandate for one further period.
Art. 19. New members of ICCRS are elected by the electing members having regard for the following
1) leadership in the CCR requires belonging to the Catholic Church;
2) leadership in the CCR and full commitment to the CCR -not merely a
representative, an information gatherer, a counsellor or an episcopal delegate
and without a commitment to the CCR;
3) representative of a qualified section of the CCR (for example, the
covenant communities) or of a particular linguistic or cultural reality
committed to social and pastoral activities of the CCR;
4) understanding well the progress and evolution of CCR;
5) persons specially prepared,
capable of working with others, of good judgement and with imagination and
creativity for the particular services of ICCRS;
6) persons well known for their good reputation and committed to Christ
and to the Church.
Art. 20. Procedures for the election.
1) Each and every one of ICCRS members has a voice and vote in the
2) Leaders of various regions may propose names. Discussion may then take
place between existing members of ICCRS and such leaders followed by a time of
dialogue, prayer and discernment by the existing members of ICCRS.
3) For the
election of a new member
a majority of
two thirds of the ICCRS
required. A members does
in the vote on one's own
4) When an ICCRS
a position on
the Council, the successor
have to come from the same country,
even though a
area must be
taken into consideration.
5) Any change in a member's responsibility, approved by ICCRS,
does not imply that member's resignation.
6) Voting is conducted by secret ballot.
The President is elected by the ICCRS members from nominations
approved by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
22. If it be the judgement of the majority of the Council members that the
President is not fulfilling the presidential duties, then, after fraternal
dialogue with the President and after proper consultation with the Pontifical
Council for the Laity, the members, having presented it to the Lord, may, in
charity, request the incumbent to resign.
If the President refuses, the Vice-President takes the office of Presidency and
convokes an extraordinary ICCRS meeting to study the matter and to act
consequently. The President will not attend the meeting, but may submit in
writing the reasons for not resigning and must be given an opportunity to
respond to any new allegations made during the extraordinary meeting. If, after
full discussion at the meeting and any necessary dialogue with the President, a
vote has to be taken, the procedure will follow Canon 119 §2, and the decision
will be communicated to the Pontifical Council for the Laity. If a new President
is to be elected, the procedure will follow the norm established in Art. 21.
After the election of the new President, a further vote will be taken to decide
if the deposed President will remain a member of the Council.
d) ICCRS Meetings and committees
The ICCRS council meets at least once a year for four or
five days. The meeting consists of personal sharing, reports on the various
regions, and a business session.
24. Two committees function within ICCRS:
1) The executive committee comprising
the President and two or three
as chosen by ICCRS. Minutes
by a person authorised by the
The mission of the executive
to make decisions on urgent
presented between two ICCRS
whenever it is not possible
to wait until
the next meeting.
Afterwards the measures that have
been taken must be
examined by ICCRS
in its regular meeting to confirm
or correct them.
2) The financial
of the President
and two members
chosen by ICCRS and are not members
of the executive
The Executive Director
also is present as a technician
with a voice but
he is at the same time
and ICCRS councillor.
Its purpose is to
of the Council and of ICCRS
and of the projects decided
3) Both committees will present annually
report of their activities
2. ICCRS Office
Art 25. The ICCRS Office serves the ICCRS' Council, providing the
necessary administration to implement the Council's decisions. It is equipped
with sufficient equipment in order to accomplish the work entrusted to it and to
preserve the archives. It has the necessary personnel, according to ICCRS'
criteria, chosen from different parts of the world, with the special
representation of the languages most spoken within the CCR.
The Executive Director is chosen by the ICCRS Council
members, and may but need not be a member of the Council.
ICCRS' office is managed by the
Executive Director under the continuous supervision of the President and on the
basis of the Council's guidelines.
The tasks of
the office consist in co-ordination and administration:
1) Co-ordination activity:
a) keep in
order and up-to-date ICCRS' lists of leaders area by area as well as other
b) undertake correspondence;
c) inform the involved members on the important news received from
d) manage the printing and mailing of the bulletin;
e) attend the council meeting and minute the proceedings;
f) be available to the President and Council members for writing letters,
g) organise ICCRS conferences and council meetings;
h) co-ordinate the printing and publication of ICCRS' books;
i) publish a special annual bulletin summarising the CCR situation in the
world on the basis of the reports of the ICCRS members.
2) Administrative and
a) keep in order and up-to-date the accounting books, according to modern
means, which could be examined by the ecclesiastical authority according to
b) prepare the annual budget to be approved by ICCRS' members;
c) prepare the annual balance sheet and gain and loss statement;
d) raise, with ICCRS' members' permission and help, financial resources
trying never to miss whatever is required for ICCRS to fulfil its mission with
e) reimburse ICCRS members and staff personnel members according to the
guidelines of ICCRS and its president.
3) The task of receiving visitors is an important concern for the Office.
Art. 30. ICCRS' Office is
regulated by these statutes and the directions of the Executive Committee.
D. Amendments to Statutes
31. Changes to the above
statutes require consent by a majority of the ICCRS Council members
before submitting proposed amendments to the Pontifical Council for the Laity