The Privilege of Poverty of Pope Gregory IX - 86 

The Privilege of Poverty of Pope Gregory IX (1228)

Introduction

In his letter to Cardindal Hugolino, the Papal Legate for Lombardy and Tuscany, and apparently for the Umbrian and Spoleto Valleys, Pope Honorius III acknowledged the increase in women embracing a form of religious life in which poverty was essential. At the same time, the letter implies that problems had arisen and provided Hugolino with guidelines in dealing with them.a

Tradition has held that Pope Innocent III had issued a privilege enabling Clare and the Poor Ladies of San Damiano to live more in accord with the poverty envisioned by Francis.b Scholars have shown the proof for its existence is meager and doubted its authenticity.c Upon his election

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Clare of Assisi: Early Documents, p. 86

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