If someone from the order of priests asks to be received into the monastery, consent should definitely not be given to him too quickly. 2 Yet, if he remains absolutely steadfast in this request, let him realize that he will have to keep the whole discipline of the Rule 3 and that nothing will be relaxed for him, so that it may be as it is written:
Friend, what have you come for? (Matt 26:50)
4 Still, he should be allowed to stand after the abbot and to bless or to preside at the Mass, but only if the abbot commands him. 5 Otherwise, he should not presume to do anything whatsoever, realizing that he is subject to the discipline of the Rule. Moreover, he should give an example of humility to all.
6 And if perhaps there is an issue about an appointment or some other matter in the monastery, 7 let him keep the place that he had when he entered the monastery and not that which was granted to him out of reverence for the priesthood.
8 Also, if any clerics with the same desire want to join the monastery, they may be given a place in the middle, 9 but only if they themselves promise observance of the Rule and their own stability.