1. THE STATUTES FOR THE COUNCIL OF PRIESTS OF CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF BARUIPUR


Article I Name
The name of the body herein described shall be: THE COUNCIL OF PRIESTS OF CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF BARUIPUR. Herein after it shall be referred briefly as “The Council.”


Article II Role


The Council's role is:
a. To assist the Bishop in accordance with Law, in the governance of the diocese of Baruipur so that the pastoral welfare of the Diocese may be effectively promoted.
b. To foster brotherhood, unity and team spirit among members of the Presbyterium at Parish, institutional and diocesan level.


Article III Directive Principles
In spirit of co-responsibility and co-operation, the Members of the Council of Priests together with the bishop shall discuss and propose matters pertaining to Pastoral care, the administration and renewal of Christian life and show ways and means to implement resolutions.


Article IV Functions
a. To Discuss and propose matters such as:
1. The Spiritual formation of the People of God
2. The Liturgical and Catechetical Apostolate
3. The Christian Formation of Youth
4. The Family Apostolate
5. The Promoting of Vocations
6. Seminary Formation
7. Evangelisation
8. Educational Apostolate
9. Ecumenism
10. Fostering Dialogue with Non-Christians
11. Socio-Economic Development
12. Justice and Peace
13. The Involvement of Laity in Civic and Political life
14. The Social Communications Media
15. Other subjects of a Pastoral Nature
16. On-going formation of clergy
17. The Priestly life and disciple
b. To foster a family spirit among the members of the presbyterium, mainly through fellowship, sharing and team work.
c. To discuss and advice on matters relating to the finances and properties of the Diocese and their proper utilization.
d. To give necessary guidelines in matters pertaining to the appointments and transfers of priests, and to propose ways and means for liaison between priests and the Bishop, and the Priests themselves.
e. To advice the Bishop in matters referred to in canons:
1. The Diocesan Synod (can. 461, 1)
2. The establishing, suppressing and altering of boundaries of Parishes (can. 515, 2)
3. Voluntary offerings in general (can. 531)
4. The establishment of Parish Councils (can. 536, 1)
5. The building of new Churches (can. 1215)
6. The use of a Church for secular purposes (can. 1222, 2)
7. The tax on juridical persons (can. 1263)


Article V Membership
a. Ex-officio: Bishop, Vicar General, Deans, Provincial SJ, Rector of Dhyan Ashram, Rector of Minor Seminary
b. Elected: 6 Parish priests, 3 Assistant Parish Priests, 3 Religious Priests, 1 Institutional Priests
c. Nominated by Bishop: Three


Article VI Term of Office
a. The term of office for all Council Members Elected from each of the three groups of diocesan Priests, Religious, and the nominated ones shall be for three years. They may be re-nominated or elected. Members shall be eligible for re-election.
b. In the case of death, transfer, prolonged illness, or resignation of an Elected Council Member, the un-expired Term of Office, shall be filled by a priest of the same group, having the second highest number of votes in the last Elections.


Article VII Office Bearers
a. The President: The Bishop of Baruipur is the ex-officio President of the Council
b. The Secretary and Join-Secretary: These shall be elected by the Council.
c. Duties of Office bearers:
d. The Bishop shall preside over the Meetings of the Council. In the absence of the Bishop, the Vicar General, with the previous consent of the Bishop will preside.
e. The Secretary/Join-Secretary shall convene the Meetings in consultation with the president, record the proceedings, prepare reports of activities and communicate the same to the Members of the Presbyterium. He will also function as the Secretary/Join-Secretary of the Working Committee.


Article VIII Committees
a. Working Committees: There shall be a working committee, constituted by the Council, consisting of the President, Vicar General, Secretary, Join-Secretary and three others elected from among the Council Members.
1. Matters to be taken up for discussion in the Council shall be ordinarily proposed through the working committee and approved by the president; this does not exclude the right of Members to propose topics at Council Meetings, with permission of the chair.
2. The working committee shall discuss topics, list them on a priority basis, publish them well in advance of meetings, prepare background material and present the Agenda for the Meeting.
3. The working committee shall review and follow-up the implementation of Resolution.

b. Ad hoc Committee/Commissions: The Council may constitute Ad Hoc Committees/Commissions invested with executive powers, as and when required, to implement its Resolutions.


Article IX Meetings
a. There shall be three ordinary Meetings in each calendar year.
b. Extraordinary Meetings may be convened as and when deemed necessary by the president, or otherwise decided by the Council in previous Meetings, or when more than half the number of Members of the Council ask in writing for a Meeting.
c. The dates of the Meeting of the Council of Priests are to be fixed preferably at the beginning of each year.
d. Points for the Agenda and Minutes of the Meetings will be circulated at discretion of the Bishop.


Article X Quorum
a. For a meeting to be valid, half of the Council shall constitute the normal quorum.
b. For a meeting of special importance, the President may raise the quorum according to his discretion.


Article XI Amendments
a. Sent to the President at least two months before a Council Meeting.
b. Circulated to all eligible members at least one month before the meeting, with the purpose of ascertaining their views.
c. Accepted by two-thirds of the Council and subject finally to the approval of the President.


Article XII Interpretation
Should any doubt arise about the interpretation of any Article, or any Section or clause of any Article, this shall be sought from the Officials. If, however, the doubt persists, the decision of the Bishop shall be final.


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