A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne
K. Young, Associate Editor.
Admitting someone to a religion or a community is a very serious business.
We live part of the year next to an orthodox monastery. Over the years I have
watched the young people who the bishop and the monks agree are worthy to
become apprentices, the process saying as much about my friends the monks
or the bishop as it does the aspirants. The vetting process for religious
orders is ancient, well-known, and, in many cases, steep. I went to a Jesuit
high school where the bulk of the teaching was by scholastics who, we were
told, if they made it successfully through the next 11 years, could finally
gain permanent entrance to the Society of Jesus. Scholastics, or their equivalent
in any religion, are watched and measured before they are tapped to move to
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