Vow of Poverty in Civil and Canon Law

The vow of poverty has many dimensions: spirituality, simplicity, solidarity, work, sustainability, interdependence. The vow of poverty binds members to one another in a common economic unit. Our actions affect one another, for better or for worse. The vow also has raises legal issues under both Civil and Canon Law. Canon 600 gives a theological [...] Read more

Transitioning Sponsorship

A fundamental part of the life and work of religious is carrying on the mission of Jesus in the world of today. Most institutes have a specific mission or a particular way of doing ministry that inspired their founding members, and that continues to animate generation after generation: I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave [...] Read more

Models for Emerging and Transforming Religious Life

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... Religious life in the US today is at an important place within the life of the church and within the life cycles of many institutes. For many women's communities, the median age is approaching 80 years of age, nearly the life expectancy of women in this country; men's communities are [...] Read more

Taxation of Religious - Special Issues with 2013 Update

This year's budget negotiations and talk of the fiscal cliff left the details of changes in the tax law up in the air until early 2013, with many issues still to be decided in coming months. In this newsletter, I hope to address some of the principal changes that you can expect, with more explanation available in February's webcast. [...] Read more

Legal Issues For New Members

A panoply of legal issues arises when women and men seek membership in religious institutes in this twenty first century. Those joining religious institutes today are a diverse group: They come from many age groups, with a rich diversity of life experience and professional credentials. They have varied assets from bank accounts to portfolios to [...] Read more

Social Media, Religious Life and the Law

What could these topics possibly have in common? Whether you’re well on your way with social media or just exploring this new frontier, chances are you have questions. This newsletter introduces the tools and concepts and identifies the main legal and ethical issues as well as the dangers and opportunities associated with social media. [...] Read more

Rights and Obligations of Leadership

The rights and obligations of leadership in a religious institute are many and varied. There are many types of leadership in an institute, and there are various areas of leadership and forms of leadership. This newsletter will begin an exploration of these areas. My webcast in May 2012 will examine the rights and obligations in greater depth, [...] Read more

Basic Taxation of Religious with 2012 Update

As 2012 gets underway, it's time to review the many tax changes that will come into effect in this year's filing season. Although the religious order is exempt from taxation, members of a religious order are taxable like every other citizen. Religious may have taxable income coming from several sources. Its taxation depends on the source, [...] Read more

Associates of Religious Institutes - A Way Forward

Background From the very beginning of religious life in the early centuries of Christianity, there have been men and women who have associated to religious orders. In the Egyptian deserts, individuals would go out to converse with the hermits living there, receiving their guidance and blessing. In medieval monasteries, individuals sought to live [...] Read more

Immigration for Religious

Background US immigration laws cover a number of issues regarding the rights and duties of foreign nationals in the United States: defining an individual's immigration status and immigration options, determining if a person is in the country illegally, and controlling whether or not they can be deported. Since 1952, the Immigration and [...] Read more

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