reply to post by FreedomEntered
Did I? Boy, oh boy...
Pun intended lol, it's an 11-19 boys' school, so there was the customary rough-and-tumble antics you'd expect anywhere else, really. As adjensen
pointed out earlier, the Jesuits are big on education, and they want you to be as well-rounded as possible, so the curriculum followed suit.
Of course, the National Curriculum and pre Vatican II-loving governors tried to keep things in check as much as possible. While we didn't get to
learn much about non-Abrahamic faiths in the "official" curriculum, the college chaplains were strangely the ones who encouraged us to learn about
other religious systems.
By and by, the Jesuit priests I built relationships with (teacher-student/friend, don't read into it lol) were are really brainy crowd, even more so
than regular priests.
Now in terms of untoward activities
, apart from underage drinking and skipping classes to jam in the music rooms, we didn't really get up to
much. There was a strong sense of belonging to something unique, and even though I'm now an atheist, I'm also still an Old Boy.
But it's a community built around a Jesuit school, nothing more. It isn't a secret society or fraternity, we didn't have secret handshakes or
hazing rituals, and didn't wear any crazy costumes... apart from those godawful black school uniforms... all year round.
While I'm sure there might be Jesuits who are interested in some forms of mysticism, it's probably rarely malicious, and it definitely didn't occur
in my presence during those seven years - and trust me, we spent so much time in that place beyond school hours!