Please forgive me if this is not the correct forum to post this question.
I am trying to determine if there is an age guideline that religious orders must follow for new aspirants. In other words, do they have to follow a certain state law? Diocesan law?
Specifically, this is for someone who would like to enter a men's religious community at the age of 17 in Alabama. Does the community have the right to accept someone at that age? The question arises because they used to accept young men at that age and then switched the age to 18 because of the scandals within the Church.
Do they have to follow the age of majority for that state? I just don't know and would like to know what the correct answer is. To my knowledge, Canon Law does not speak to a specific age.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.