Pope Gregory IX - 350 

the Apostolic See, you will pay the sum of one pound of wax each year to Us or to Our Successors.

For the purpose of annotating this present privilege and as a precautionary measure, We are setting forth the tenor of Our previous letter which read: Gregory, Bishop, Servant of the Servants of God, to His beloved daughters in Christ, the Abbess and Sisters of the Monastery of St. Mary of the Virgins on the outskirts of Todi: health... The Apostolic See is accustomed to give its approval, etc... Given at Perugia on the 30th of October in the second year of Our Pontificate.

Therefore, We judge that absolutely no one is allowed rashly to disturb this monastery, or to carry off its possessions, or to retain or lessen them, or to make all kinds of vexatious raid on them, but let all the possessions, which will have many uses, be preserved for those for whose governance and maintenance they were given, save the authority of the Apostolic See.

Therefore, if in the future any person, whether ecclesiastical or secular, who is mindful of this part of Our Constitutions, shall have tried rashly to proceed against it after being warned a second or third time, unless he shall have corrected this charge against him by suitable satisfaction, he may be deprived of the dignity of his power and honor, and he should know that he stands as guilty before divine judgment for committing a crime; he may be separated from the most sacred Body and Blood of God and of the Lord, our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, and in the last judgment he may be subjected to strict revenge. May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, however, be with all servants of that place according to its law; and to the extent that they partake here of fruit of the good activity, may they find the rewards of eternal peace before the strict Judge. Amen, Amen, Amen.

Given in Perugia by the hand of Sir Martin, Vice Chancellor of the Holy Roman Church on the Tenth Kalends of November, in the third year of the Pontificate of the Lord Pope Gregory the Ninth.a




Clare of Assisi: Early Documents, p. 350