College debt stopping men and women from immediately joining religious communities, survey says

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  • Californian#1@94131 San Francisco, CA
    Feb. 4, 2014 4:37 p.m.

    Georgetown is a Jesuit school. This article is about young adults joining Catholic religious orders as priests, nuns, or monks, not church-shoppers.

    They take initial vows and go through preparatory stages before their final vows. Many are in college during this time, perhaps studying to become ordained priests, religious teachers, music people, etc. in the Catholic church. They can rack up high student debt, which they might not have adequate income to repay if they join an order immediately.

    Some of this may be about honest young people who want to leave the world (figuratively speaking) without owing it anything.

    OTOH, some may finish college still needing to ponder whether a religious order is right for them. If they are true and faithful and endure to the end, they commit their entire existence to God and the church; will not marry, have children, be CEOs, own Maseratis or Park City vacation cabins, etc. In a literal sense, it's like conversion, or entering into a covenant. Many novitiates may be asking God with a sincere heart and real intent to confirm their choice. If that makes them more committed priests or nuns, it's a good thing.

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2014 10:58 a.m.

    The only thing I could see holding someone back connected to college debt is if someone just plain doesn't want to pay tithing or some sort of equivalent since they're trying to reduce expenses/debt not increase it. Though that'd be kind of peculiar because a lot of churches don't have any sort of requirements in that regard.