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why "for them?"

In 1900 young Gabrielle had to make a difficult choice. The Aubazine nuns kept no orphans beyond age eighteen, except those wishing to enter the novitiate. Gabrielle, with little interest in the religious life, found herself taken in by an institution in Moulins administered by a congregation of canonesses. There the occasions to go out were few, and the reason for them always had to be pious.】

does"the reason for them always had to be pious." indicate “to be pious” is the reason for "go out were few?"

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    "For them" refers to "the occasions to go out." The sentence is saying that from the institution, the opportunities to go out were not many, and for these occasions (for "them"), the reason had to be pious.

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