CHAPTER 30 - The Manner of Reproving the Young

Every age and level of understanding should receive appropriate treatment. RB 30:1

Benedict ends the penal code describing the correction of children and those adults unable to understand. From the beginning of the penal code (23:4-5) we see Benedict’s concern with adapting the penalty to the person’s understanding, reserving excommunication only for those able to comprehend the significance of the punishment. Benedict’s idea was to adjust the punishment to the person so that conversion and healing could occur.