Papal Documents - 561 

For this reason practically every religious order has wisely ordained that those who propose to undertake a life of regular observance should first test it and be tested in it for a certain length of time so that they will not later have reason to regret their decision, which cannot be excused under pretext of levity. Therefore, by authority of these present letters,a we forbid you to admit to profession in your Order anyone who has not first completed a year of probation. And once he has made profession, let no brother dare to leave your Order. It is also forbidden for anyone to receive [into another religious community] any brother who has left your Order.b
We further forbid anyone to wander about clad in the habit of your Order outside obedience, corrupting the purity of your poverty. If anyone should presume to do this, it is lawful for you to bring ecclesiastical censure upon such a brother until he has come to his senses.c
No one, therefore, is in any way permitted to tamper with this decree of our prohibition and concession or rashly dare to oppose it. If anyone shall have presumed to attempt this, let him know that he will incur the wrath of Almighty God and of his holy Apostles Peter and Paul.
Given at Viterbo, the twenty-second day of September, in the fifth year of our pontificate (1220).

D) Solet annuere of Honorius III (1223)

For the text of this bull, see the Later Rule among the writings of Francis.

E) Quia populares of Honorius III (1224)

The first itinerant Lesser Brothers attended liturgical services in parish churches like other lay people, where they also preached when invited to do so. As permanent dwellings or “places” gradually became established, they simply




Solet annuere, Bullarium Franciscanum, p. BFr 1, p. 27

Solet annuere of Honorius III (1223)

For the Latin text of this bull, see the Later Rule among the writings of Francis.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 561