Carta Caritatis (the Charter of
This was a pioneering document
that established the constitutional framework of the Order; it outlined
the federal arrangement of the abbeys which were joined in bonds
of unity and subject to annual visitation. Every abbey was to have
a copy of this document. The Carta Caritatis was frequently
updated; the earliest version, compiled c. 1114, is no longer extant.
It was approved by Pope Calixtus II in 1119