[quote="Cruikshank_s, post:8, topic:250956"]
Thanks for the replies! Yes, I've been in the process of trying to figure out the transfer credits. I was just hoping someone might know of a Church document laying out norms for philosophy in seminaries. Or maybe someone might be or know of a priest/religious who studied philosophy in a secular university then went on to seminary.
The only problem is that my father doesn't approve of my re-entering seminary. I was a seminarian, a religious one though, and I lasted long enough only to complete my novitiate (almost 2 years). I started showing signs of a movement disorder and it caused some worry, so I was obliged to leave and take care of it. It's since been taken care of and I'm fine, it was benign and hereditary. But in any case, when I left to enter religious life I was adamant that I wasn't going to let the educational "hoops" get in the way of my vocation. I fought the issue and in the end I was given permission. When my condition flared up and I had to leave, my father was a bit traumatized by it all and now he's adamant that he won't consent to it again. I know that I'm of age (24) and can do as I see fit, but I have a duty to obey him. He isn't acting out of malice, and what he wants is not sinful, and he specifically asked me out of filial obedience. So in the end I'm just going to buckle down and suffer for a few more years and postpone my re-entrance. The worst that can happen I guess is that only some of my philosophy will count, at least it won't be a complete waste.
I don't really understand this. If you are doing this out of "filial obedience" then what will change in a couple of years when you do try to re-enter the seminary?
I do not see how obedience to your father in this case would change in the future or how it can really bind you from entering the seminary when you wish.
You need to work with a spiritual director on this as I see this as a bigger issue than the possibility of transfer credits for philosophy and theology taken at a secular institution.
I will say this though, most likely you will get little to no transfer of such credits. I say this from personal knowledge of one case at one Catholic institution.