The following is a sample of the declaration referred to in D 92.2.2.
DECLARATION OF UNLAWFUL ABSENCE
In accordance with the proper law of the American-Cassinese Congregation of Benedictine Monasteries, having consulted the council of seniors of [Name] Abbey, as abbot of [Name] Abbey, I hereby declare that, as of the date of this declaration, Father/Brother [Full name] is unlawfully absent from the monastery.
This declaration is made in view of the fact that [Here state the reason[s] for the declaration, for example: the period of his exclaustration has expired and he has neither returned to the monastery nor made further provisions for continued lawful absence.]
As a consequence of this unlawful absence, in accordance with the provisions of the Constitutions of the American-Cassinese Congregation, from the date of this declaration [Name] Abbey is not liable for any debts or actions or omissions or obligations whatsoever incurred by Father/Brother [Name].
Given at [Name] Abbey, this ______________ day of _________________ in the year ________.
Rt. Rev. [Name], O.S.B., Abbot
[SEAL OF THE ABBEY]
The council of seniors of [Name] Abbey was consulted on [Date].
Secretary of the council of seniors
[The intent of D 92.2.2 is that this declaration is to be made as soon as the unlawful absence begins. If, for some justifiable reason, the declaration is delayed, the wording should be changed accordingly.]
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