The Form and Manner of Life of Cardinal Hugolino - 82 

to enter the monastery, be such in their words and character, in their life and manners, that they edify those who see them and thus are incapable of generating matter for true scandal.

11When they have their own chaplain, let him be religious in life and manner, and possess a good reputation.a He should not be too young, but of a suitable age. When this chaplain sees that one of the sisters, who is gripped by a serious bodily illness, is coming to her end and she finds it necessary to confess her sins or receive the Sacrament of the Body of the Lord, he may enter the enclosure clothed in a white stole and maniple. After he has heard her confession and has given her the Sacrament of the Body of the Lord, he should leave, vested as he entered, and not delay there any longer. Let him also conduct himself in this way at the commendation of her soul. He may not enter the enclosure to conduct the obsequies at the grave; this duty should be fulfilled in the chapel. Nevertheless, if the Abbess sees fit that he should enter for these obsequies, let him enter in the manner described above, and after the burial let him leave without delay. If, however, it is necessary for someone to enter to dig or open a grave, or certainly to close it afterwards, it is licit for him or anyone else who is upright and suitable to enter for this purpose. But for the rest let him not presume to enter the monastery. When some sister wishes to speak to him about confession, let her speak to him through the speaking-grille, and let him listen to her there.

Let no one speak through the iron grille through which they receive Communion or listen to the Office, except when permis- sion is sometimes given to someone for a reasonable cause or when necessity demands it. But this should happen very rarely. Cloth should be placed on the inside of these iron grilles in such a way that no sister is able to see anything in the chapel outside. Let them have wooden doors with iron bars and a key, so that they remained closed and not be opened except for the reasons mentioned above, or for the purpose of listening at times to the Word




Clare of Assisi: Early Documents, p. 82