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QUALIS DEBEAT ESSE MODUS EXCOMMUNICA

1 Julii

TIONIS.

1 Mar. SECUNDUM modum culpæ, excommuni31 Oct. cationis, vel disciplinæ debet extendi mensura: qui culparum modus in Abbatis pendeat judicio. Si quis tamen frater in levioribus culpis invenitur, tantum a mensæ participatione privetur. Privati autem a mensæ consortio, ista erit ratio: ut in Oratorio Psalmum, aut Antiphonam non imponat, neque Lectionem recitet, usque ad satisfactionem. Refectionem autem cibi post fratrum refectionem accipiat, mensura vel hora qua præviderit Abbas ei competere: ut si verbi gratia fratres reficiunt sexta hora, ille frater nona; fratres nona, ille vespertina; usque dum satisfactione congrua veniam consequatur.

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WHAT THE

MANNER OF

EXCOMMUNICATION

OUGHT TO BE.

THE measure of excommunication or punishment should be meted out according to the quality of the faults; but the estimation of their gravity shall depend upon the judgment of the Abbot. If any Brother be found guilty of small faults, let him be deprived of eating at table with the rest. The manner of his punishment shall be as follows: In the Oratory he shall not intone a psalm or antiphon, nor read a lesson, until he has made satisfaction. He shall take his portion of food after the Brethren have taken theirs, in such quantity, and at such time as the Abbot shall deem fit. If, for example, the Brethren take their refection at the sixth hour, let him take his at the ninth; if the Brethren take theirs at the ninth, let him take his in the evening, until by due satisfaction he obtain pardon.

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2 Julii

DE GRAVIORIBUS CULPIS.

2 Mar. Is frater, qui gravioris culpæ noxa tene1 Nov. tur, suspendatur a mensa simul et ab Oratorio. Nullus ei fratrum in ullo jungatur consortio, neque in colloquio. Solus sit ad opus sibi injunctum, persistens in pœnitentiæ luctu, sciens illam terribilem Apostoli sententiam dicentis: traditum hujusmodi hominem Satanæ in interitum carnis, ut spiritus salvus sit in die Domini.1 Cibi autem refectionem solus percipiat, mensura vel hora qua præviderit ei Abbas competere: nec a quoquam benedicatur transeunte, nec cibus, qui ei datur.

11 Cor. v. 5.

OF MORE GRIEVOUS FAULTS.

LET that Brother who is guilty of more grievous faults be denied both the table and the Oratory. Let none of the Brethren discourse with him, nor keep him company. Let him be alone at the work enjoined him, continuing in penance and sorrow, knowing that terrible sentence of the Apostle, who saith, "That such a one is delivered over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of our Lord." Let him take his portion of food alone, in such measure and at such time as the Abbot shall think fit: let not any one bless him as he passes by, nor the food that is given to him.

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DE IIS, QUI SINE JUSSIONE ABBATIS JUNGUNTUR EXCOMMUNICATIS.

3 Julii

3 Mar. Si quis Frater præsumpserit sine jus2 Nov. sione Abbatis, fratri excommunicato quolibet modo se jungere, aut loqui cum eo, vel mandatum ei dirigere, similem sortiatur excommunicationis vindictam.

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