Holy Rule Of Saint Benedict
Of Those Who Fail in Any Other Matters
If anyone whilst engaged in any work, in the kitchen, in the cellar, in
serving, in the bakery, in the garden, at any art or work in any place
whatever, committeth a fault, or breaketh or loseth anything, or
transgresseth in any way whatever, and he doth not forthwith come
before the Abbot and the community, and of his own accord confess his
offense and make satisfaction, and it becometh known through another,
let him be subjected to a greater correction.
If, however, the cause of the offense is secret, let him disclose it to
the Abbot alone, or to his spiritual Superiors, who know how to heal
their own wounds, and not expose and make public those of others.