Previously, these were erected by decree of the Grand Master. Their statutes were drawn up to reflect the respective states’ internal legislation and requirements.
Now, however, they are called to conform not only to their respective states’ laws but also to canon law. Article 196 requires the president of the associations to deliver an account statement to the Grand Master.
According to article 49 of the new constitution, all offices in the associations, including the council, must be exercised by knights of the first or second class of the order
What is more, the Council of the Association will transform itself from a governing body elected by the members to a group under the direct influence of the Grand Master, who will have to confirm all the members of the council and of an association.
Furthermore, the Grand Master can direct an association using a commissioner; the Grand Hospitaller supervises the work of the associations, including the implementation of pastoral…
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