Hi brothers and sisters,
Someone who is a member of another Third Order cannot become a Secular Franciscan, according to the rules of the SFO.
But I can't find anything about someone who is already a Secular Franciscan becoming a member of another Third Order. Canon Law states that one can be a member of more than one Third Order.
I understand the difference between the SFO and other Third Orders.
Would the Secular Franciscan have to resign from the SFO? Would the particular Third Order refuse to admit a Secular because of the SFO's perpetual commitment clause?
I know that the original rule going back to the 13th Century allowed a Franciscan to join another order.