This part of the rule seems a bit odd. After all, monks are celebrate. So the prohibition against adultery seems a bit odd. But Jesus did say that if we looked on another person with lust, we have committed adultery with that person.
Our Abbot once addressed this problem by telling a story. He, and a novice monk, were eating in a Restaurant. After the waitress has taken their order, the novice confessed that he didn't know how or where to look at her. The Abbot smiled and said " "look at her face. Isn't she beautiful?" The notice agreed. And then the Abbot added, "and that's it."
Those of us who are pastors should take special note of this admonition. Sexual abuse of a parishioner will bring devastating results to a congregation. You will be dealing with people who are, for one reason or another, on the edge. So don't even give a use a chance to develop accidentally. Have a window put into your office. Don't go to the home of a single parishioner, of the other gender, without someone coming with you. If you're certain that a Congregant has designs on you, don't even be in the building alone with them. As a Presbytery executive once said, "you can't help what you think, but you sure can control what you do."
As always, Father Benedict, thanks for the reminder!
Brother Oscar Romero