Pope Innocent IV (1243-1253). - 371 

Pope Innocent IV

Pope Innocent IV (1243-1254), a brilliant canonist, issued a revised version of Hugolino's Form of Life in 1247. In divini timore nominis, November 13, 1243, responds to Agnes and her sisters regarding their request to delete the phrase in their rule declaring obedience to the Rule of Saint Benedict. Innocent IV's refusal to Agnes reiterates the rationale previously given by Gregory that the monastery remain under the rule by which it was established and that it be approved under an authentic rule. Innocent IV concludes this correspondence by telling them not to ask again for exemption from Benedict's Rule. Cum universitate vestrae, August 21, 1244, is a letter universally applied to all the enclosed nuns under the aegis of the Order of Saint Damian that recalls its binding power regarding obedience, poverty, and chastity. Quoties a nobis, August 23, 1247, repeats that his Order of Saint Damian is the only binding rule that will clarify the ambiguity of many different houses living with various forms of dispensations and rules.

In divini timore nominis, November 13a

Innocent, Servant of the servants of God, to Our most reverend daughter in Christ, of the Order of St. Damian, a Sister of the Monastery of Saint Francis in Prague: Health and Apostolic Benediction.

With fear of the divine name and with loving concern, you are often filled with anxiety lest you or the sisters of your monastery do nothing displeasing to the divine will. This is because, as you are well aware, the Holy See requires by virtue of obedience that the rule of religious life given them be inviolably observed by all your sisters and faithfully followed in your monastery.




Clare of Assisi: Early Documents, p. 371