Holy Rule Of Saint Benedict
Of the Priests of the Monastery
If the Abbot desireth to have a priest or a deacon ordained, let him
select from among his monks one who is worthy to discharge the priestly
But let the one who hath been ordained be on his guard against
arrogance and pride, and let him not attempt to do anything but what is
commanded him by the Abbot, knowing that he is now all the more subject
to the discipline of the Rule; and in consequence of the priesthood let
him not forget the obedience and discipline of the Rule, but advance
more and more in godliness.
Let him, however, always keep the place which he had when he entered
the monastery, except when he is engaged in sacred functions, unless
the choice of the community and the wish of the Abbot have promoted him
in acknowledgment of the merit of his life. Let him know, however, that
he must observe the Rule prescribed by the Deans and the Superiors.
If he should otherwise, let him be judged, not as a priest, but as a
rebel; and if after frequent warnings he doth not amend, and his guilt
is clearly shown, let him be cast forth from the monastery, provided
his obstinacy is such that he will neither submit nor obey the Rule.