Bearer Of The Wisdom Of Benedict

The decision is rather the abbot’s to make…

– RB 3.5

If we are to seriously consider what it means to live a common life in genuine Christian community, then it is expedient to momentarily jump ahead to chapter three and to then return to chapter two.

With these words Benedict makes extremely clear that there is one person in the monastery who has the ultimate responsibility for making sure that the Rule is carried out.  That authority lies in the abbot.  To read the Rule and to dismiss or minimize or explain this away is to nullify the rest of the Rule.

…those who belong to a monastery…serve under a rule and an abbot.

– RB 1.2