Continuing from Form I, a few more puzzling features of the Order.
To review. The brothers and sisters are of Penance and are Eucharistic as well. As we know the community contains professed members and candidates. The literary material selected for teaching on a given subject is oriented to both groups in the same local. The professed are considered deficient in spiritual growth, and development in this area is a continuous process. The local itself holds the character of pseudo academic, retaining one feature in that there is a selection process at the term of the initiation formation which determines qualifications for profession. A body of the professed called the counsel are tasked with this work. The academia disregards milestones for the candidate's progress. The candidates live in an environment where they strive and vie for acceptance by all the professed who have veto power in the candidate's advancement to profession even though the Order confirms they are admittedly deficient themselves. There is no assurance by the Church who should monitor conditions in the order to ensure the establishment of fair standards. The professed would be deprived of the Holy Spirit if they are not in friendship with the Lord(penance). There is no assurance a professed so disposed would disqualify himself from the day of the selection process, since he could not discern the Holy Spirit in others if he were not so imbued himself, with the result the risk of a false negative evaluation. This would be the Franciscan thing to do and would call for sacrifice and virtue. The counsel is also comprised with professed who due to being absent at some meetings for whatever reason would not have a complete compliment of experiences to establish a fair assessment of the subject. Here again it would call for a virtuous member who would know enough to bow out of the selection. These are but two areas of concern that could be addressed if the Church took an active part in the order's dealings and simple standards adopted. The psychological frame of mind of these candidates need to be studied in context of like social environments. An artificial environment is the reality but not desired by the Church. The Order would like the candidate to relax and be himself in order to discern the Holy Spirit within him. It would like him to portray his true personality. His mannerisms and words are measured for appropriateness and the candidate is required to be comfortable with this. There is a feigned relationship of friendliness in the candidates, and a real one in the professed where no risk is incurred. Again, we have possibly some cases where the professed is not in true friendship with the Lord while he does his assessing. There is a sinister element characteristic that occasionally rears it's head in autocratic and authoritative institutions such has these. It is irresistible at times for some "assessors" to take advantage of the dependance placed on them. They relax their otherwise decent composure reserved for their co-brothers and delve into the dark side. These types can't resist creating situations that have no bearing on recruiting but are designed to provoke the person to test his limits and/or reaction. Whatever the results it is placed in the pool of the candidate's negative features for later. I have also seen professed be very rude to a new member. The member not daring to be a whistle blower. The answer of course is the milestone implementation along with a system where everything official is written and given to the candidate. Instead of being confronted on the last day he has a running log of his accomplishments he can count on. The counsel is not a professional group, and not required a clergical position, nor are they required to carry psychological credentials. A scenerio for disaster if there ever was one. Perhaps a qualified independant party could be assigned to investigate and represent the candidate if dismissal is in the works.