posted on Oct, 10 2006 @ 11:07 AM
a middle-aged novice training to become a nun
I think the quote above is the crux of the matter, no pun intended. She was in training. She had not been confirmed as a bride of Christ. If she
was unable to complete her training, or perform the functions of the position within the Church she was pursuing, they had no choice but to let her
go. I do, however, question the wisdom and morality of the Church not helping her relocate, nor using benevolence funds to continue her health
benefit. That flies in the face of the mandate of Christ to minister to the poor and needy.
I recall a similar situation involving an acquaintance of mine who was in training to become a firefighter. He blew out his knee in training, and
subsequently sued for disability retirement from the department, even though he had never finished training or worked a day as a firefighter. He won
his case on a technicality, forcing the department to re-write its policy governing trainees, explicitly barring them from disability retirement
benefits should they be unable to complete training and become full-fledged firefighters.
I disagree that it was a religious decision. It was a business decision. A poorly executed one, imo. Also, imo, there are much darker lights
(oxymoron?) shining on the Church's treatment of inductees, namely altar boys, a conspiracy subject all to itself.
[edit on 10-10-2006 by Icarus Rising]