Article 3

The present rule, succeeding “Memoriale Propositi” (1221) and the rules approved by the Supreme Pontiffs Nicholas IV and Leo XIII, adapts the Secular Franciscan Order to the needs and expectations of the Holy Church in the conditions of changing times. Its interpretation belongs to the Holy See and its application will be made by the General Constitutions and particular statutes.

From the General Constitution of the Secular Franciscan Order:

Art. 4, ¶ 3:
The Constitutions have as their purpose:
— to apply the Rule;
— to indicate concretely the conditions for belonging to the SFO, its government, the organization of life in fraternity, and its seat.

Art. 5, ¶ 1: The authentic interpretation of the Rule and of the Constitutions belongs to the Holy See.


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