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First let me correct the assumption that the model you describe is normal for Christian pastors. It is in fact only a minority that follow this. The vast majority of Christian churches, including Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran and Presbyterians follow an entirely different model. In this model they: Discern whether or not the person has a calling to Christian ...


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In Baptist circles, seminary is just like college for secular students. The student pays for his or her own tuition. (O.K. for Pastors in conservative Baptist Churches I may as well just say "his own tuition".) As an example... In my neck of the woods, most Baptist pastors-to-be attend Maranatha Bible College. their tuition and costs page is found here, ...


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First of all, we are allowed to read any bible and most of us have a few different translations at home. Furthermore, every Jehovah's Witness is trained to become an ordained minister and publisher. An instrument for that training is our Theocratic Ministry School. Besides that we have several 'schools' that are specialized in training , elders, overseers, ...


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No. Can. 984 §2 answers your question: Can. 983 §1. The sacramental seal is inviolable; therefore it is absolutely forbidden for a confessor to betray in any way a penitent in words or in any manner [e.g., by signs] and for any reason. Can. 984 §1. A confessor is prohibited completely from using knowledge acquired from confession to the detriment of the ...


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Not all Catholic seminaries require their seminarians to learn Latin unfortunately. Greek is often an elective in many seminaries. If a seminarian is studying from the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, then yes. The traditional Mass is said in Latin and a working knowledge of the Latin language is necessary. More and more, younger priests are requesting ...


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The earliest mention we have to Cathedral Schools is from the Second Council of Toledo in 527; they were set up in order to guarantee the formation of priests after the fall of the Empire caused the collapse of the Roman system of education. After all, priests must at least be able to read, and after the general emptying of the cities in the Early Middle ...


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Jehovah's Witnesses are very well educated and we highly value divine education. (Isaiah 54:13) Any interested person must go through a Bible study program with another baptized member of the congregation as their personal teacher before getting baptized. Thereby every member is well taught. When we study the Bible, taking in accurate facts and knowledge is ...


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What bible courses do men take in seminary before becoming an ordained priest? I am sure it will vary from seminary to seminary. The Seminary of Christ the King for example teaches at the high school, college and university levels. It is the smallest university in Canada. Having been a former seminary student here, I could add that depending on the year ...


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Geremia answer is correct about the sacramental seal. Can. 983 §1. The sacramental seal is inviolable; therefore it is absolutely forbidden for a confessor to betray in any way a penitent in words or in any manner [e.g., by signs] and for any reason. Can. 984 §1. A confessor is prohibited completely from using knowledge acquired from confession to the ...


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Is it known which seminary or seminaries produced the majority of Catholic priests who were accused of sexual abuse in the USA? I remember when this sexual abuse scandal first hit the Church. At that time, I was living in the USA and asked several higher ranking churchmen where the majority of abusive priests were coming from? The only answer I got was St. ...


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Technically, many Evangelical Presbyterian bodies like the PCA allow for it in special circumstances. The reasoning is that there is a biblical basis for insisting that ministers be qualified, subject to examination, and educated, but there are special circumstances where a person might not be eligible for a college-level degree and in which case Ministry ...


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Great Commission Churches (GCC) While I'd say* that most pastors for GC churches have some sort of degree, it is not at all a requirement. A relative of mine is a pastor for one of their churches and he was a house painter before. Another pastor I know very well was a former mechanic. GC also puts out an Elder Qualification test that anyone can take. It's ...


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Amish and some Mennonites practice this. I met a Beachy Amish pastor several years ago who was selected by "lot" without needing to go to college. This practice, I believe, is based on Acts 1:26 where Matthias was selected as an Apostle by lot. This guy was not dumb or stupid by any means - he knew his Bible well, but perhaps not as much Shakespeare. ...


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The requirements can be found in the bible. The traits looked for in an elder can be found in Titus chapter 1 verses 5-9. Another good one to look at is 1st Timothy chapter 3. It gives the requirements of overseers, elders, ministerial servants, and how women fit into the role of the congregation. I'm not entirely sure what the function of a priest or ...


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