Art. 1 – Denomination
The association between Catholic Christian Faithfuls called “Catholic Templars of Italy” (according to can 215/216 – Titulus I, de omnium christifidelium obligationibus et iuribus; can from 321 to 326 – Titulus V, Caput III, de christifidelium Consociationibus privatis of the Code of Canon Law)
Art. 2 – Duration
The duration of the Association is indefinite.
Art. 3 – Subject
The Association is a no profit. The Association aims to increase the Christian and Catholic
vocation in Italy and in the world; To promote and support with their own initiatives the apostolic activity of the Holy Roman Church. In the Association, laymen and clerics together, through common action, to the growth of a more perfect life, to the promotion of the public worship of the Eucharistic Rite and to other works of apostolate, as initiatives of evangelization especially among youth, acting piety and charity, animation of the temporal order through the Christian spirit (canon 298 – Canon Law Code)
Art. 4 – Purpose of action
The Association proposes in particular: * to awaken the values of the cavalry and the tradition of the poor knights of Christ, said Templars, through common prayers and meditation, the defense of the Catholic faith, and historical studies. * Preserve the countless abandoned churches, keeping them with decorum and opening them to the people of the faithful at least a few days a month; Especially by preventing its use to malicious operators. * Fighting against the invasive esotericism and magical, especially among youth; To intervene with initiatives of prevention and opposition against Satanists operating in our dioceses, and also to heal the nefarious legacies
Art. 5 – Actions
The Association, in communion with the Chaplains and the associated clerics, proposes to:
Have periodically spiritual retreats at Convents or places of worship preferably built before 1300 AD, in order to deepen the spirituality of the Christian Cavalry Orders with particular reference to the poor Knights of Christ called the Templars. It is understood that such retreats will be open to the participation of all baptized people who wish to join.
Organize at least 2 meetings every year for the purpose of listening to the Word of God through the Holy Gospels. The meetings provide for common prayers also during the night based on the Lord Prayer “Pater Noster”, Hail Mary “Ave Maria” and Glory “Gloria Patri” recited in Latin. The Chaplains will be available to impart the Christian and Catholic sacraments to all the associates. Hold conferences, conventions and public meetings dedicated to the evangelization of youth in particular through the eternal values of the Christian chivalry. To write publications aimed at deepening the Christian and Catholic tradition in particular according to the teachings of St. Bernard and other ancient Church Fathers, such as St. Ambrose, St. Augustine, St. Clement of Alexandria, Origen.
Editing a periodic bulletin with information on the initiatives of the Association at national and regional level.
Create an internet site – included among Catholic sites – in order to broaden the objectives and activities of the Association to the telematic audience. Promote for its associates, in compliance with current regulations, travel and guided tours of exhibitions, monuments and places of art with particular regard to the Holy Land and the ancient pilgrimage destinations.
To activate sponsorships and forms of commercial advertising as well as to make any operation like real estate, financial and financial transactions necessary for the achievement of the institutional goals.
Join other cultural and recreationals organizations; Subscribe to participation shares of existing cultural and recreational societies and constitutes the means of achieving the institutional purpose of the Association.
The Association will be able to carry out activities directly related to the institutional or complementary ones, such as the promotion of the culture of spirituality and art during awareness-raising campaigns or the sale of shirts and brochures in order to obtain funds for The best usability of institutional activity.
Art. 6 – Location
The Association has its headquarter to the Templar Church of St. Fermo Maggiore in Verona. The Association may set up secondary offices.
Art. 7 – Heritage
The assets of the Association are: From the initial contributions paid by the founding members; From social quotas and any voluntary contributions from associates that may be required in relation to the needs and functioning of the Association; Any revenue and specific contributions for services provided by the Association; Contributions from public organizations and other private or legal people; From redemptions resulting from conventions or contributions from the State, Region, Province, City or any other public and private organizations both national and international; Any allowances, donations and legacies that the Board of Directors considers appropriate to accept; Revenues from marginal and commercial activities that are always included in the associative activities and objectives.
Art. 8 – Associates
Associates may be all those, natural persons or legal persons, associations and organizations that share the association goals. Are associates all people of age not less than eighteen years and legal entities who, upon a reasoned request, are admitted to the Board of Directors. Associates are divided into “ordinary” and “supporters”. At admission, ordinary associates will pay the membership fee to be set annually by the Board of Directors. Supporting members, may be admitted without the obligation to pay any fee. Acceptance of the application for admission by the Board of Directors gives the right to be enrolled in the members’ book. Members of the Association, in accordance with Cancellation 317 of the CDC, will be appointed Ecclesiastical Assistants or Chaplains who will care for the souls of the lay associates. Within the Association, a section will be set up to train members of the Christian and Catholic chivalry tradition with particular reference to the spirituality of the poor Knights of Christ called the Templars.
Associate quality is lost for death, resignation, or exclusion. Exclusion is deliberated by the Board of Directors with reasoned resolution.
Exclusion is the morality of more than six months in the payment of social security contributions or in the performance of activities contrary to or in competition with activities of the Association, or if the associate fails to comply with statutory provisions or regulations or resolutions of shareholders or Board of Directors. This measure must be notified to the declared declined member who, within thirty days of such communication, may appeal to the assembly by registered letter with the President of the Association.
Art. 9 – Associate’s Rights
The quality of the Associate grants the following rights governed by a specific Regulation drawn up by the Board of Directors: Attending the premises of the Association; Actively participate in the initiatives organized by the Association; Participate with their own compositions or artistic and cultural works; Present useful proposals for achieving the goals of the Association; Get information about associative activities.
Art. 10 – Obligations of the Associates
All Associates are required to comply with the Articles of Association and the deliberations of the National Board of Directors of the Association and internal regulations. The duties of all Ordinary Associates are: To pay within the time limit set by the National Board of Director the annual subscription fee for each business year, according to the amount determined and communicated by the National Board of Directors; Participate with assiduity in the associative activity; Respect the resolutions of the Members’ Assembly and those of the National Board of Directors; Promoting and disseminating the ideals of the Association; Abstain from individual or group initiatives that involve the Association directly or indirectly. Adherence to the Association is annual and coincides with the business year and is tacitly renewed year by year, unless notice is given by registered letter or legal mail by 31st of October of the year. In such a case, the qualification of Associate shall expire on 1 January of the following year.
Art. 11 – Associative Fee
The membership fee represents the contribution to the expenses incurred by the Association for the conduct of its institutional activities. Associative contribution is not conveyable, except for cause of death, and is not re-validated. Among the ordinary associates there is a uniform discipline of the associative relationship and the associative modalities. It is possible to determine – by the Board of Directors – the allocation of different amounts in correlation with the different contribution capacity for certain associates without giving them the right to benefit from more benefits. It is expressly excluded the temporality of each associate’s participation in associative life. It is envisaged that an associate may make a flat-rate and / or continuous contribution in the context of one or more associative activities in strictly implementing the purposes set out in Articles 3, 4 and 5. In that case, reimbursement of expenses is recognized and To be granted to the associate the payment of a remuneration proportional to the actual activity provided and determined annually by the Governing Board, subject to the approval of the Shareholders’ Meeting and, of course, within the limits provided for by the Law.
Art. 12 – Organs
Are the organs of the Association: – the Shareholders’ Meeting – the Board of Directors – the Chairman and the Vice Chairman – the Board of Auditors or the Auditor
Art. 13 – Assembly
The associates form the Assembly. Ordinary associates have the right to vote. Supporting
associates may attend meetings, but have no right to vote. The Assembly is convened by the Chairman and when motivated by at least one fifth of the associates is requested. For the validity of its constitution and its resolutions in first convocation, there must be at least half or one of ordinary members present or represented and resolutions will be taken by majority vote. In the case of a second convocation, the Shareholders’ Meeting shall be valid whatever the number of ordinary members or votes shall be and shall always act by a simple majority. For the extraordinary shareholders’ deliberations – regarding changes to the Articles of Association and the dissolution of the Association – it will be necessary, however, that at least three quarters of the ordinary members and the favorable vote of the majority of the present and second convocation, It is necessary to have at least two-thirds of the ordinary members and the deliberations will be taken with the favorable vote of the majority of ordinary members present. The Assembly will meet at least once a year when approving the annual report. The Assembly deliberates on: To the approval of the final budget and budget prepared by the Board of Directors and accompanied by a report on the progress of the cultural activity and the economic management of the association; At the appointment of the Board of Directors; At the appointment of the Board of Auditors or the Auditor; Approving and amending the articles of the association and the Regulations; To any other subject that the Board of Directors intends to submit. The Shareholders’ Meeting is convened at least eight days before to the date set for the meeting by written notice sent to each Associate or in case of urgency by fax or telegram or e-mail at least two days before the due date or with notice at Association at least fifteen days before the meeting. The notice of convocation must contain the indication of the place, day and time of the meeting on first and second convocation, the arguments to be discussed. They have the right to participate in the shareholders’ meeting in accordance with the payment of the membership fee. In full spirit of collaboration, membership and active participation in associative activities, the associate can not be represented by another associate or by a third party. Each Associate is entitled to one vote. The deliberations of the assembly will be transcribed in a special report.
Art. 14 – Administration
The Board of Directors consists of a number of members ranging from three to eleven. The Councilors are elected by the Shareholders’ Meeting, are in office for three years and are reelected. The members of the Board of Directors will be appointed as follows: No°2 members are selected among the founding members; No°2 members are appointed by the founding members; No°2 members are appointed by the existing Board of Directors, if any. The remaining members are appointed by the Assembly of Associates. The Board of Directors elects the Chairman, a Deputy Chairman and a Treasurer-Secretary. If a member of the Board of Directors resigns, the Council may co-opt the substitute between the founding members and remain in office until the expiration of the entire Board.
If the minimum number of members is missing, the entire Board of Directors will be deemed to dismissed.
Art. 15 – Board of Directors – convocation
The Board of Directors shall act by an absolute majority of its members. It is convened by the Chairman, the Vice Chairman or a third of its members. The Board of Directors is convened at least eight days before the meeting, by written communication sent by letter. In urgent cases, the convocation can be made by sending telegrams and e-mails forwarded at least two days before the scheduled date for the meeting. The Board of Directors is, however, validly constituted, even in the absence of such formalities of convocation, if all the members of the Board of Auditors or the sole auditor are present. Meetings are transcribed in a special report.
Art. 16 – Board of Directors – Operations
The Board of Directors is invested with all the powers of ordinary and extraordinary administration inherent in the management of the Association, with the exception of those that the law or the statute reserve to the Shareholders Meeting. The Board of Directors, by way of example: Prepares the budget and the final budget and submits them to the approval of the Shareholders’ Meeting; Determines the membership fees and determines how to obtain the funds required for ordinary and extraordinary management expenses; Compile a regulation to regulate and organize the activities of the Association and to be submitted to the Assembly for its approval; Performs the assignment of employees, the recruitment of employees by determining remuneration and retribution in accordance with the limits set by Legislative Decree 460/97 and in compliance with the relevant legislation; Program the activity of the association and directs all the activities necessary to pursue the aims of the association; Examines the applications for admission of new associates, decides the exclusions ex art.8 of this Statute; Appoint one or more directors to perform certain assignments or associative functions within the limits of delegated powers; May appoint prosecutors for certain acts or categories of acts and may use experts and professionals; Decides on the acceptance of any legacies or donations or deposits; Deliberates amendments to the By-Laws with the favorable vote of the majority of its members.
Art. 17 – President
The President, and in his absence or impediment, the Vice President, has the legal representation of the Association in the presence of third parties and in court and executes the resolutions of the Board of Directors and the Shareholders’ Meeting, observes the statutory provisions and the social rules. In case of absence or impossibility of exercising the office by both the President and the Vice Chairman, the Senior Boarder on appointment date assumes their duties. The President, if the Council has not appointed a different person, also has the following responsibilities: The responsibility for the retention of the datas ex L. 31.12.1996, no 675 (Privacy Act); The responsibility for safety in the workplace ex L. no.626 / 1994 and Legislative Decree 242/1996 and subsequent amendments.
Art. 18 – Auditors’ College
The Board of Auditors or the single Auditor is appointed by the Shareholders’ Meeting if it
becomes mandatory for exceeding the limits set by law. The Board of Statutory Auditors consists of three members, with appropriate professional and non-associate powers, whose function is to check the correctness of the management in relation to the statutory and statutory regulations, and prepare an annual report when approving the balance sheet. Auditors must be selected from among the members of the Register of Auditors.
Art. 19 – Budget
The exercise ends on December 31 of each year. By 30 April following the closure of the financial statements or in exceptional cases by June 30, the Board of Directors shall submit to the Shareholders’ Meeting the balance sheet for the previous year and by 31 December the balance sheet for the following year. Any profits or surplus of management shall be used solely for the execution of the activities referred to in Articles 4 and 5 of this Statute. The retained earnings or surpluses, as well as funds, reserves or capital will not be distributed, even indirectly, throughout the life of the Association, unless the destination or distribution is made by law or is made in favor of other associative operating entities Without profit or onlus that by law, statute or regulation are part of the same and unified structure.
Art. 20 – Supervision of the competent ecclesiastical authority
The Association recognizes the Holy Father Pope Francis and his successors as superior authority to which all the activities of the Association itself will be subordinate (canon 305 – Canon Code of Conduct)
Art. 21 – Dissolution
The Association extends in the following cases: Loss of all assets or if it has become insufficient with respect to the purposes; Achievement of purpose; Impossibility to operate or inactivate the assembly due to lack of associates; Resolves dissolution by the assembly of the associates; In other cases provided for by law. In the event of a dissolution of the Association, for any cause, the assets will be donated to the Catholic Church or other non-profit organization or for public utility purposes or to other non-profit organizations, after hearing the control body referred to in art .3 paragraph 190 of the law of 23 December 1996 no 662, except for a different destination imposed by the law in force at the time of dissolution.
Art. 22 – Compromise clause
All disputes between the Associates and the Association, between the members of the Board of Directors and the Association, will be dealt with at the trial of three arbitrators each appointed by each contending party and the third by the two arbitrators so appointed or in default by the President of the Tribunal Of Parma.
Art. 23- Final Provisions
For all matters not covered by this Statute, reference is made to the provisions of the Civil Code and the relevant laws.