The Rule of 1221 – Chapter VIII – Administration

RULE: ARTICLE 35

35. The ministers of any city or place shall report public faults of the brothers and sisters to the Visitor for punishment. And if anyone proves incorrigible, after consultation with some of the discreet brothers he should be denounced to the Visitor, to be expelled by him from the brotherhood, and thereupon it should be published in the meeting. Moreover, if it is a brother, he should be denounced to the mayor or the governor.

STATUTES: ARTICLE 35

a. The ministers shall report public faults of any members to the Visitor or Association Administrators for disciplinary action or review. And if anyone proves incorrigible they should be denounced to the Visitor or Association Administrators to be expelled by the them from the Association, and thereupon it should be recorded in Association records.

b. If the incorrigible action was a crime against public laws, the criminal offender must be made known to proper public authority.

RULE: ARTICLE 36

36. If anyone learns that a scandal is occurring relative to brothers and sisters, he shall report it to the ministers and shall have opportunity to report it to the Visitor. He need not be held to report it in the case of husband against wife.

STATUTES: ARTICLE 36

a. If anyone learns that scandal is occurring relative to brothers and sisters in any matter, that person shall report it to the Visitor or Association Administrators. All such reports shall be kept strictly confidential and only communicated to those who need to know.

RULE: ARTICLE 37

37. The Visitor has the power to dispense all the brothers and sisters in any of these points if he finds it advisable.

STATUTES: ARTICLE 37

a. The Visitor has the power to dispense all brothers and sisters in any of these points if the Visitor finds it advisable. The Association Administrators may also make such dispensations in the absence of the Visitor provided they are later reviewed by the Visitor if that is possible.

RULE: ARTICLE 38

38. When the year has passed, the ministers with the counsel of the brothers are to elect two other ministers; and a faithful treasurer, who is to provide for the need of the brothers and sisters and other poor; and messengers who at the command of the ministers are to publish what is said and done by the fraternity.

STATUTES: ARTICLE 38

a. As soon as possible the members of a Chapter are to elect a minister, associate minister, and a faithful treasurer who is to provide for the needs of the chapter with chapter funds as well as those of the brothers and sisters and other poor in the chapter if possible; and a secretary who, at the command of the ministers, is to publish what is said and done at their chapter meetings. The same holds true for BSP Headquarters through the Association Administrators.

RULE: ARTICLE 39

39. In all the above mentioned points no one is to be obligated under guilt, but under penalty; yet so that if after being admonished twice by the ministers he should fail to discharge the penalty imposed or to be imposed on him by the Visitor, he shall be obligated under guilt as contumacious.

STATUTES: ARTICLE 39

a. In all the above mentioned points, no one is to be obligated under guilt, but under penalty; yet so if after being admonished twice by the Visitor and/or Association Administrators he or she should fail to discharge the penalty imposed or to be imposed on him they shall be obligated under guilt as contumacious and so expelled from the chapter or Association.

HERE ENDS THE RULE AND STATUTES OF THE CONTINENT BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF PENANCE OF ST. FRANCIS, THAT IS THOSE WHO GIVE UP THINGS IN FULFILLMENT OF THE GOSPELS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.

Author of the Rule: Cardinal Hugolino dei Conti dei Segni, with the approval of St. Francis of Assisi, 1221 AD.
These Modern Statutes have been drafted by the Association Administrators and approved by the Visitor of the Association of the Brothers and Sisters of Penance of St. Francis and through them the Church.
Source of the Original Rule: Franciscan Omnibus of Sources