This page contains the full text of the CBA's Constitution and By-Laws currently in force.
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In keeping with the love and veneration which the Church has ever had for the inspired word of God, and in obedience to the desires of the Holy See for a deeper study and a wider knowledge of the Sacred Scriptures, we, who are especially devoted to biblical studies, have united, under the patronage of Saint Jerome, to form this Association.
ARTICLE I - NAME
The name of this Association shall be THE CATHOLIC BIBLICAL ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA.
ARTICLE II - PURPOSE
As a religious, scientific, non-profit organization, this Association shall have the following aims:
Section 1: To devote itself to the scientific study of the Bible and to such branches of learning as are connected with it, in conformity with the spirit and the instructions of the Catholic Church, which the Association acknowledges to be the only divinely appointed custodian and authoritative interpreter of the Holy Scriptures.
Section 2: To cooperate with the Hierarchy and in particular with the Episcopal Committee of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine in expounding and defending the teachings of the Church regarding the Bible and in promoting a greater love for and a deeper knowledge of the Sacred Scriptures.
Section 3: To promote a better mutual acquaintance among the Catholic biblical scholars of America and to provide them with encouragement and support in their special fields of study.
ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP
Section 1: The membership in this Association shall consist of active members, associate members, and sustaining members. All members shall pay the same dues. The respective qualifications, rights, and privileges of each class of membership shall be determined in the By-laws; but only the active members shall enjoy the active and passive voice.
Section 2: Any eligible person who contributes the sum specified in the By-laws shall be designated a life member.
Section 3: Life members whose total contributions amount to the sum specified in the By-laws shall be honored with the title of Patron.
Section 4: From time to time the Association may elect honorary life members as provided for in the By-laws. Honorary life members shall be subject to no dues and shall enjoy the privileges accorded to associate members as specified by the By-laws.
ARTICLE IV - ADMINISTRATION
Section 1: The supreme authority in the Association resides in the active members duly assembled in general meeting. However, before decisions in matters of great importance are made, the Episcopal Committee of Christian Doctrine shall be consulted.
Section 2: Between general meetings the Association shall be governed by an Executive Board consisting of a President, a Vice-President, an Executive Secretary, a Treasurer, a General Editor of The Catholic Biblical Quarterly (CBQ), a General Editor of Old Testament Abstracts (OTA), a General Editor of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly--Monograph Series (CBQMS) Editorial Board, a Chair of the Board of Trustees, and four Consultors. These members of the Executive Board shall be duly elected or appointed according to the prescriptions of the By-laws.
Section 3: The Board of Trustees shall consist of five members duly elected or appointed according to the prescriptions of the By-laws.
ARTICLE V - DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS
Section 1: The duties of the President shall be: (a) To act as chief executive officer of the association; (b) To preside at the general meeting and at the meetings of the Executive Board.
Section 2: The duties of the Vice-President shall be: (a) To assist the President in his/her duties; (b) To act as substitute for the President in the latter's absence from the general meeting or from a meeting of the Executive Board.
Section 3: The duties of the Executive Secretary shall be: (a) To record the minutes of the meetings of the Executive Board and to keep the records and papers of the Association; (b) To conduct the correspondence and ordinary administrative affairs of the Association according to the instructions of the Executive Board; (c) To issue official communications to the members at the direction of the President; (d) To sign contracts and other official papers in the name of the Association at the direction the Executive Board.
Section 4: The duties of the Treasurer shall be: (a) To receive the monies of the Association, and to make disbursements as provided for by the By-laws or the Executive Board or by the members in general meeting; (b) To act as business manager of the periodical publications of the Association; (c) To draw up and submit to the President at the end of each month an itemized account of the income and expenses for the month; (d) To submit a quarterly financial statement to the members of the Executive Board; (e) To submit annually to the members in general meeting a financial statement for the year.
Section 5: The duties of the Editor of CBQ shall be: (a) To serve as Chair of the CBQ Editorial Board; (b) To prepare The Catholic Biblical Quarterly (CBQ) for publication as the official organ of the association; (c) To accept, after due consultation with other members of the CBQ Editorial Board, and to edit manuscripts for publication in the official organ.
Section 6: The duties of the General Editor of OTA shall be: (a) To serve as chair of the OTA Editorial Board; (b) To receive exchange and gift periodicals, as well as books from publishers, and, assisted by abstractors designated by the Editor, to prepared and edit abstracts for publication.
Section 7: The duties of the General Editor of the CBQMS Editorial Board shall be: (a) To preside at meetings of the CBQMS Editorial Board; (b) To accept, after consultation with members of the board, manuscripts for the CBQMS and to prepare them for publication.
Section 8: The duties of the Chair of the Board of Trustees shall be: (a) To consult the other trustees; (b) To safeguard and supervise with the consent of the majority of the Board of Trustees the finances of the Association through proper and safe investments.
ARTICLE VI - EDITORIAL BOARDS
Section 1: The Editor of CBQ shall be assisted by an Editorial Board whose membership shall be duly elected as specified in the By-laws.
Section 2: Members of the CBQMS Editorial Board shall be duly elected as specified in the By-laws; their function shall be to assist the General Editor.
Section 3: Special editorial boards for other projects may be set up by the Episcopal Committee of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine or by the members in general meeting.
ARTICLE VII - COMMITTEES
Section 1: There shall be a Committee on Nominations consisting of four members duly elected as determined in the By-laws. This committee shall make nominations for all the elective offices of the Association as provided for in the Constitution and By-laws, but nominations from the floor shall have equal standing.
Section 2: There shall be a Committee on Credentials, consisting of three members, duly selected as determined by the By-laws, to examine the qualifications of candidates for election to active membership or associate membership, and to recommend for election to active membership or associate membership at the general meeting those candidates who are found qualified for the respective membership.
Section 3: There shall be a Committee on Resolutions consisting of three members appointed by the President. This committee shall be empowered to formulate and to present at the business session resolutions requested by the Executive Board. Individual members or groups wishing to present resolutions shall be required to confer with the Committee on Resolutions concerning the formulation of their resolutions. The text of the resolutions shall be distributed to the active members at least 24 hours before the business session, if the Committee deems it advisable.
Section 4: Other committees to carry out the work of the Association may be appointed by the President.
ARTICLE VIII - REGIONAL CHAPTERS
Section 1: The Association encourages and approves the establishment of regional chapters of the Association in conformity with this Constitution.
Section 2: Formal recognition and approval of regional chapters shall be made and maintained in accordance with the provision of the By-laws.
ARTICLE IX - AMENDMENTS AND BY-LAWS
Section 1: This Constitution may be amended by a vote of two-thirds of the active members present in general meeting, provided that official notice of any proposed amendment shall have been sent to the members of the Association at least one month before the meeting at which it is to be considered.
Section 2: By-laws which are not inconsistent with this Constitution may be adopted, changed, or abrogated by a majority vote of the active members present and voting in general meeting, provided that the Executive Secretary has sent notice of the new By-law or of the change or abrogation of the By-law to the members at least two weeks before the meeting at which the matter is to be considered.
1.-II,2: In order to facilitate the cooperation with the Board of Trustees of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, the headquarters of the Association shall be in Washington, D.C.
2.-II,3: The Association shall ordinarily hold a general meeting each year at the place and time selected by the Executive Board.
3.-III,1: (a) All members shall pay annual dues in the amount determined by the Association at its general meetings. However, the Executive Board may, for special reasons, grant membership to certain persons or groups who shall be exempt from this annual assessment.
(b) From time to time the Association shall publish at the discretion of the Executive Board a list of its active and associate members.
(c) All the members shall receive without additional cost the official organ of the Association. All the members shall likewise receive a discount of 20% on the sale of books which are published by the Association or which are advertised for sale by the Association.
4.-III,1: (a) Candidates for active membership must have the degree of Licentiate in Sacred Scripture, or the equivalent in graduate training or in scholarly publication, and this equivalent is to be determined and explained in each case by the Committee on Credentials.
(b) Candidates for associate membership must have taught Sacred Scripture for at least one year at major-seminary level or at least two years at college level, or must be engaged in higher studies in the biblical or allied field.
(c) Candidates for either active membership or associate membership must be sponsored in writing by an active member of the Association. The Executive Secretary shall supply all candidates with appropriate application blanks. All applications for active or associate membership must be received at headquarters at least one month before the day on which new active and associate members are nominated and elected to the respective membership.
(d) Attendance at general meetings of the Association shall be limited to active and associate members and to those persons who receive an invitation at the request of the President. Papers at the general meetings may be presented only by active members, or by other persons at the invitation of the President.
5.-III,2: A contribution of $1,000.00 qualify a person for life membership.
6.-III,3: A contribution of $5,000.00 or more will entitle a person to be honored as a Patron.
7.-III,4: (a) Honorary life members shall be scholars noteworthy for their contributions to biblical studies. They may be elected to membership at any general meeting of the Association on the recommendation of the Executive Board. Any active member may propose the name of a candidate for honorary membership, but all such proposals must be received in writing at the headquarters of the Association at least one month prior to the meeting of the Executive Board in connection with the general meeting.
(b) The number of honorary life members shall never exceed twenty at any given time.
8.-IV,1: (a) Ten percent of the active membership of the Association shall suffice to constitute a quorum at a general meeting, provided that official notice of the meeting has been duly sent to all the active members at least one month in advance.
(b) Unless otherwise specified in the Constitution or the By-laws, all matters to be considered by the active members shall be decided by a majority of the active members present and voting.
9.-IV,2: (a) The Executive Board shall meet at the time of the general meeting, shortly before its business session. The President, if he/she deems it advisable, may call for others meetings of the Executive Board at other times of the year.
(b) The President, Vice-President, Executive Secretary, and Treasurer shall be elected at the annual general meeting, and their term of office shall extend from the end of the general meeting at which they have been elected until the end of the next general meeting. The President and the Vice-President shall be ineligible for immediate re-election to their respective offices.
(c) Both the Executive Secretary and the Treasurer shall reside in or near Washington, D.C., so that both of them may take an active part in the business conducted at the headquarters of the Association.
(d) At every general meeting two Consultors of the Executive Board shall be elected by the members to serve for a term of two years.
(e) The Editor of CBQ shall be elected by the Editorial Board for a stated term.
(f) The General Editor of OTA shall be elected by the membership for a term of four years.
(g) The General Editor of CBQMS shall be elected by the membership for a term of four years.
10.-IV,3: (a) The trustees shall meet at the time of the general meeting, and at such times as may be necessary. Their report is to be made to the members of the Association at the time of the general meeting.
(b) The Chair of the Board of Trustees shall be elected for a period of three years by the general meeting, and the other members shall be selected or confirmed by the new Executive Board.
11.-V,1: (a) The President shall appoint a Recording Secretary, to record the minutes of the general meeting and to prepare a statement on the proceedings of the meeting for publication in the official organ of the Association.
(b) At each general meeting the President shall appoint two active members as auditors to examine the accounts of the Treasurer and the Board of Trustees, and to report the results to the Executive Board.
12.-V,2: In case of the death or resignation of the President, the Vice-President shall succeed to the President's office until the completion of the term. In case of the absence of the Chair of the Board of Trustees, the other members of this board shall select one of their number to act as temporary Chair. In case of the death or resignation of any of the officers other than the President, the Executive Board shall elect a member to fill the vacancy till the next general meeting of the Association.
13.-V,4: Besides the ordinary disbursements approved by the Constitution or the By-laws or by the members in general meeting, the Treasurer may, according to his/her prudent judgment and in keeping with the provisions of Article V, Section 4(c) and (d), expend on individual items sums of money for office needs not exceeding $1,000. Between general meetings, the Treasurer may, under the same conditions, expend on individual items sums of money for association needs not exceeding $5,000, provided written approval of the President, the Vice-President, and the Executive Secretary has been obtained. For the expenditure of higher sums, in cases of emergency between general meetings, the Executive Secretary shall submit, at the request of the Treasurer, a resolution to the Executive Board; the expenditure as stated in the resolution may be made provided it is approved in writing by two-thirds of those of the Executive Board whose votes are received within fifteen days after the resolution is mailed. For current expenses the Treasurer shall have a deposit in a commercial bank of a sum ordinarily not in excess of $20,000, which may be drawn on by the Treasurer's signature or that of the Executive Secretary.
14.-V,5: The Catholic Biblical Quarterly shall be a periodical devoted to scholarly articles on subjects connected with the scientific study of the Bible.
15.-V,6: The Chair of the Board of Trustees shall require the written approval of at least two other trustees to invest the monies of the Association or to make bank withdrawals for extraordinary requirements of the Executive Board.
16.-VI,1: At the annual general meeting at least five Associate Editors shall be elected for a term of four years. Associate Editors may not serve more than two consecutive terms.
17.-VI,2: New members of the CBQMS Editorial Board shall be elected, as needed, by the active members in general meeting.
18.-VII,1: At the annual general meeting one member of the Committee on Nominations shall be nominated by the Executive Board for a term of four years. At the completion of this term that member shall not be eligible for immediate reelection to this office. The member of the Committee who is completing his/her fourth year in office shall act as Chair of this Committee. Unless otherwise specified in the Constitution and By-laws, officers and committee members are eligible for immediate reelection or re- appointment to their respective office.
19.-VII,2: The Committee on Credentials shall consist of the Executive Secretary, who shall act as its Chair, and of two other members appointed to this office for a term of one year by the President.
20.-VIII,1: The establishment and organization of a regional chapter shall be left to the determination of the active members of the Association in the particular area for which a regional chapter is desired.
21.-VIII,2: The Executive Board of the Association shall have the power to formally recognize and approve regional chapters. It shall also have the power to withdraw such recognition and approval.
22.-VIII,2: In petitioning for recognition and approval, the newly-formed chapter shall submit to the Executive Board of the Association a statement of the chapter's manner of organization and any other pertinent information which the Executive Board may require. The Executive Board shall then, at its discretion, issue a statement of formal recognition and approval.