Holy Rule Of Saint Benedict
That No One Presume to Strike Another
Let every occasion for presumption be avoided in the monastery. We
decree that no one be permitted to excommunicate or to strike any one
of his brethren, unless the Abbot hath given him the authority. But let
those who transgress be taken to task in the presence of all, that the
others may fear (cf 1 Tm 5:20).
Let all, however, exercise diligent and watchful care over the
discipline of children, until the age of fifteen; but even that, within
due limits and with discretion. For if anyone should presume to
chastise those of more advanced years, without the command of the
Abbot, or should be unduly provoked with children, let him be subject
to the discipline of the Rule; because it is written: "What thou dost
not wish to be done to thee, do not thou to another" (Tb 4:16).