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Can knowledge obtained in a seminarian's confession be used to determine if he should be ordained?

When a seminarian confesses to his superior or bishop, it seems that his future position within the church could be jeopardized. If a seminarian has a serious habit of mortal sin which his superior ...
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Are there any denominations that do not require pastors to be college educated?

I am curious if there are any denominations that do not believe in college education for church leaders such as pastors, missionaries, etc. There are many churches that do. I am asking because I do ...
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Do all Catholic seminary schools require instruction in Latin and/or Greek?

My son has shown an interest in the priesthood. He seems to have the right psychosexual and behavioral characteristics. Among other reasons, notably, he has no interest in physically intimate ...
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When did the use of formal, seminary-type education begin and why?

When did it become the norm for church leaders to get a formal Christian education and why did that process begin? When I say formal education I'm not talking about the mentor/mentee style that Jesus ...
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How trained are the elders in the Jehovah's Witness denomination?

Jehovah's Witnesses are known to have no pastors or priests, because having pastors or priests would go against their theology. Instead, they have "elders". From an outsider's perspective, elders ...
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Who pays for Protestant seminary education for aspiring ministers?

Not a tough question, just something I never knew or understood about Protestantism. I'm a Catholic, and in my diocese post-baccalaureate seminary education is subsidized by collections taken. It's ...