CHAPTER 26 - Unauthorized Association with the Excommunicated

If anyone, acting without an order from the prioress/abbot, presumes to associate in any way with an excommunicated member, to converse with her/him or to send her/him a message, s/he should receive a like punishment of excommunication. RB 26

Benedict repeatedly insists that the leader is responsible for the “system” of punishments. (25:5; 24:2; 26; 27:6) The hope is that the leader depends on the wisdom of compassion and cares only for the healing of the members. With the Holy Spirit as guide the excommunicated is to have time for reflection, healing and discernment. Benedict instructs that Interfering with this “time” could be detrimental for all concerned.