|The Constitutions of the "BLUE CROSS ORDER" are: The Rule, Charta and Institutio Generalis.
"DE MVNDO NON SVNT, SICVT ET EGO NON SVM DE MVNDO.
NON PRO EIS AVTEM ROGO TANTVM, SED ET PRO EIS QVI
CREDITVRI SVNT PER VERBVM EORVM IN ME."
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness, self-control."
[Galatians 5, 22-23]
"Fructus autem Spiritus est: charitas, gaudium, pax, patientia, benignitas,
bonitas, longanimitas, mansuetudo, fides, modestia, continentia, castitas."
[Ad Galatas V. 22-23]
TITLE I. GENERAL PRINCIPLES
- The BLUE CROSS ORDER is an official NGO Lay Association of the Roman Catholic Church whose vocation consists in promoting the ecumenical dialogue, and the formatting of a strong spiritual and intellectual profile of its members (1 Peter 4, 10: "Unusquisque, sicut accepit gratiam, in altrerutrum illam administrantes, sicut boni dispensatores multiformis gratiæ Dei.")1
- The BLUE CROSS ORDER declares that every single human person is unique and irreplaceable; therefore the foundation of any kind of ecumenical activity consists in respecting and having consideration for human dignity and each one's personal religious belief.
- According to the principles and the teachings of the Universal Church, the BLUE CROSS ORDER believes and firmly states that the only legitimate institution founded by Christ in the purpose of spreading His Kingdom and for the salvation of mankind is the Church established by the holy Apostles. (St. Matthew 28, 19-20: "Euntes ergo docete omnes gentes: baptizantes eos in nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti: docentes eos servare omnia quæcumque mandavi vobis: et ecce Ego vobiscum sum omnibus diebus, usque ad consummationem sæculi.")2.
- The BLUE CROSS ORDER believes and states that the mission of the authentic interpretation of the Word of God, whether written or transmitted, belongs to the Magisterium of the Church (The OCC Rule, Chapter. VI, let. d) whose legitimate authority is exercised in the Name of Christ. This Magisterium, through the guidance of the Holy Ghost, only preaches the teachings that have been transmitted and keeps the Word of God with veneration and fidelity. (Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation Dei Verbum).
- The BLUE CROSS ORDER believes and firmly states that the mission of the Church is to spread the Word of God all over the world, for the glorification of God the Father, through a specific activity hereby named as an apostolate. All Christians are therefore encouraged to spread the 'good news' of the Gospel to all generations, confessing the Faith and celebrating it in the Liturgy and in prayer. (Acts 2, 42: "Erant autem perseverantes in doctrina Apostolorum, et communicatione fractionis panis, et orationibus.")3.
- The Apostolate of the Laity (they are named as: lively stones, a holy priesthood, 1 Peter 2, 5: "Et ipsi tanquam lapides vivi superædificamini, domus spiritualis, sacerdotium sanctum, offerre spirituales hostias, acceptabiles Deo per Iesum Christum.")4 has the purpose of harmonizing the temporal order with the spirit of the Gospel, consequently this activity is to offer a clear testimony about Christ, and to serve Him for the salvation of mankind.
- By responding to the invitation of Christ's Church, the members of the BLUE CROSS ORDER will adopt and promote a behaviour based on love, probation and cohesion between life and faith (1 John 3, 23: "Et hoc est mandatum Eius: ut credamus in nomine Filii, Eius Jesu Christi: et diligamus alterutrum, sicut dedit mandatum nobis.")5, through awareness of everyone's role within the edification of society, through fighting against the errors that threatens the Christian religion, through achieving personal duties within the family, society and the workplace. (Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Decree on Ecumenism Apostolicam Actuositatem).
- Through intellectual formation of its members, the BLUE CROSS ORDER pursues the acquisition of substantial knowledge in the field of theology, ethics, philosophy and history of the Church, so that they will achieve the purpose of Christ's mission, being guided by the Holy Ghost. (Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Decree on Ecumenism Apostolicam Actuositatem).
- The members of the BLUE CROSS ORDER believe that the authenticity of any real Christian life and faith can only be achieved by reaching out to the fruits of the Holy Ghost, as they are outlined by the Apostle Saint Paul: "Fructus autem Spiritus est: charitas, gaudium, pax, patientia, benignitas, bonitas, longanimitas, mansuetudo, fides, modestia, continentia, castitas." (Galatians 5, 22-24 - Vulgata Editionis)6.
- The ecumenical engagement, at the same time pursuing the other spiritual goals of the BLUE CROSS ORDER are intended to bring a responsible contribution to the mission of the Church and to present Christ's Gospel as a hope for mankind and a renewal for the society (Christifideles laici Apostolic Encyclical Letter).
1 - "As every man hath received the gift, even do minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."
2 - "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world."
3 - "And they continued steadfastly in the Apostle's doctrine and fellowship, and in the breaking of Bread, and in prayer."
4 "Ye also, as lively stones, are built up as a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ."
5 "And this is His commandment that we should believe on the Name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as He gave us his commandment."
6- "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness, self-control: For such things there is no law."
TITLE II. OF THE APOSTOLIC CHURCHES
- The BLUE CROSS ORDER believes and firmly declares that God's revealed Patrimony has an indivisible character and belongs to the Universal Church founded by the Apostles who were following Christ's command. This unique Patrimony is defined by its venerable age and by the Tradition which emerges directly from the Apostles and transmitted through the holy Fathers.
- This spiritual, liturgical, canonical and theological Patrimony belongs, in its different traditions, to the Universal and Apostolic Church, which is One and Holy.
- The Universal and Apostolic Church, also called 'The Mystical Body of Christ' consists in its holy institutions the title: The Holy Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church (Ecclesiæ rituales).
- All the followers of these institutions are organically united in the Holy Ghost, sharing the same faith and the same Sacraments. They form different communities called as Particular Churches of different Rites. These Rites, however different from one another in respect of the liturgical form and Canonical Law, are nevertheless equal in dignity and importance, and are subjects of the same mission of spreading the Gospel to the entire world.
- The Apostolic Churches are served by Bishops who are the true followers of the Holy Apostles themselves; they have the mission of teaching all nations and preaching the Gospel to everyone, so that all people can obtain salvation through faith, baptism and obeying God's commandments (St. Mark 16, 15-16: "Euntes in mundum universum prædicate Evangelium omni creaturæ. Qui crederit, et baptizatus fuerit, salvus erit.")1.
- The Apostolic Churches share the same fundamental doctrine on the Holy Trinity, the Word of God incarnated by The Holy Virgin Mary; also on the seven Sacraments.
- The followers of both the Eastern Orthodox Churches and the Catholic Church, in unity with their Bishop shall come to God the Father through the incarnated Son who suffered and was glorified in the Holy Ghost, reaching full communion with the Holy Trinity. Thus, in each of these Churches, the Eucharistic Sacrament shall be celebrated and then the Church of God is built (St. John Hrisostom, In Ioannem Homelia).
1- "Go ye into the entire world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved".
TITLE III. OF THE ECUMENISM
- The BLUE CROSS ORDER believes and firmly testifies that Jesus Christ has founded only one Church and preached only one faith (St. John 17, 21: "Ut omnes unum sint, sicut Tu Pater in Me, et Ego in Te, ut et ipsi in Nobis unum sint.")1, and has also established the unique Sacrament of Eucharist by which the whole Church reaches its unity.
- The BLUE CROSS ORDER believes and states that the people of God is spread among all nations of the Earth, thus forming the Kingdom of Christ, which does not belong to this world (Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Dogmatic Constitution on the Lumen Gentium).
- Following the spirit of the Pontifical Decree on ecumenism called Unitatis Redintegratio, the BLUE CROSS ORDER recommends to its members along with all Christians to promote a certain communication in terms of the holy Sacraments between the two Churches. Although separated, they both have valid Sacraments and, in virtue of apostolic succession, they also have the Priesthood and the Eucharist through which they remain united as The Mystical Body of Christ.
- The BLUE CROSS ORDER is founded in a country where the two apostolic Churches are still divided, where numerous Christian denominations claim their apostolic origin; we therefore believe that this separation is a regrettable deviation from Christ's teaching, and is consequently regarded as an obstacle against the preaching of the Gospel and the salvation of mankind. 'Such division openly contradicts the will of Christ, scandalizes the world, and damages the holy cause of preaching the Gospel to every creature' (Decree on Ecumenism Unitatis Redintegratio).
- The Christian communities separated from the Apostolic Churches are regarded as 'brothers in Christ' by the BLUE CROSS ORDER; in conformity with the principles of the Pontifical Decree Exsultate Deo (Council of Florence, 1439), all Christians who have been baptized in the Name of the Holy Trinity, although separated from the Universal Church, are 'incorporated in Christ'.
- The BLUE CROSS ORDER believes the testimony of the Apostolic Churches with regard to the Holy Eucharist; the Body and the Blood of Christ who is genuinely and truly contained in this Sacrament, it is not symbolic, as it is claimed by other Christian denominations separated from the Universal Church (Council of Trent).
- Those Christian communities separated from the Apostolic Churches do not have the Sacrament of Priesthood, therefore we believe they do not preserve the real substance of the Eucharistic mystery so; it is not possible to have intercommunion with these communities. For this reason, the BLUE CROSS ORDER is focusing its efforts on the purpose of re-unification between the Apostolic Churches first, for there, it is not only possible, but also recommended to realize the intercommunication of people. This shall be achieved whenever the circumstances are favourable and only with the permission of ecclesiastical authorities.
- The BLUE CROSS ORDER promotes the ecumenical dialogue in the purpose of re-establishing full communion between the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church, 'the two lungs of the Universal Church', considering the historical realities before the Great Schism of 1054.
- The BLUE CROSS ORDER believes that the different theological statements of the two Churches are more complementary than opposite; their theology is deeply rooted in the Holy Scriptures, and developed through the liturgical life and pursued by the writings of the holy Fathers from East and West equally.
- The BLUE CROSS ORDER shall promote the ecumenical dialogue based on the statement issued by the Council of Florence in 1439 (Definitio Lætentur Cœli); according to this principle, the elimination of the dividing wall raised between the Western Church and Eastern Church shall undoubtedly lead to the building of 'the one Church firmly established on Christ Jesus, the cornerstone, who will make both one'.
- The ecumenical engagement promoted by the BLUE CROSS ORDER shall be exercised in the spirit of His Holiness the Pope, John Paul II's Encyclical Letter of 1995 Ut Unum Sint, and also in the spirit of the Pontifical Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity Apostolicam Actuositatem.
- The ecumenical activity must be preceded by an appropriate personal engagement (Ephesians 4, 1-3: "Obsecro itaque vos ego vinctus in Domino, ut digne ambuletis vocatione, qua vocati estis, cum omni humilitate, et mansuetudine, cum patientia, supportantes invicem in charitate, solliciti servare unitatem Spiritus in vinculo pacis.")2. In the centre of any ecumenical dialogue must stand the only Truth according to which God the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost is one single God.
- The BLUE CROSS ORDER is fully aware of the fact that reunification between the two Apostolic Churches is an endeavour that exceeds the human capacity and capability; therefore, we, the members of the Order, in unity with all Christians engaged in the holy ecumenical activity, believe in the love of Christ for His sheep and in the power of the Holy Ghost (Romans 5, 5: "spes autem non confundit: quia charitas Dei difussa est in cordibus nostris per Spiritum Sanctum, qui datus est nobis.")3.
1- "That they all may be one; as Thou Father art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me."
2- "Therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
3- "And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us."
TITLE IV. OF STUDY AND RESEARCH
- The BLUE CROSS ORDER requests from its members an intense study of the history of the Church, and theology, also to live a genuine spiritual life, to understand religious psychology and to accept different cultures of those brothers engaged in the ecumenical dialogue (Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Decree on Ecumenism Unitatis Redintegratio).
- All members of the BLUE CROSS ORDER shall work hard to further advance their understanding of God's mysteries that have been revealed to mankind for the purpose of their spiritual growth and salvation (1 Corinthians 2, 7: "sed loquimur Dei sapientiam in mysterio, quæ abscondita est, quam prædestinavit Deus ante omnia sæcula in gloriam nostram.")1.
- In their spiritual and intellectual engagement, the members of the BLUE CROSS ORDER shall closely follow the principles of love and self-esteem as revealed by the Apostle Paul: (1 Timothy 6, 3-5: "Si quis aliter docet, et non aquiescit sanis sermonibus Domini nostri Jesu Christi, et ei, quæ secundum pietatem est, doctrinæ: superbus est, nihil sciens, sed langues circa quæstiones, et pugnas verborum: ex quibus orintur invidiæ, contentiones, blasphemia, suspiciones malæ, conflictationes hominum mente corruptorum, et qui veritate privati sunt, existimantium quæstum esse pietatem.")2.
1- "But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory."
2- "If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; he is proud, knowing nothing, but doing about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputing of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself."
The Rule (hereby known as Regula), along with Charta and Institutio Generalis form together the Constitutions of the Blue Cross Order. The Rule is the main Statute of the Order which must be closely observed and followed by all members.
The Rule has 13 chapters and can only be revised by the General Capitulum; once the revision has previously been proposed by the Grand Council and afterwards promulgated by the Hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church.
The revision must be validated by a minimum 70% of the General Capitulum.