July 19, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)

LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux

Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX:

So that the clause, according to the latest amendment,-will read:
Clergy, including members of any recognized order of an exclusively religious charac-

ter, and ministers of all religious denominations existing in Canada at the date of the passing of this Act.
How does this affect the ecclesiastics? Before becoming a priest, a young man has generally completed his course of studies in our classical colleges. I speak from experience, as I was educated in one of the Quebec colleges. The course of studies begins with the Latin course, and continues until the student has attained the class called rhetoric. That is in the sixth year.
Then there are two years of philosophy, the course beginning in the sixth year and being completed in the eighth. Many of these young men, hawing thus completed their course, become what I might call junior professors in these colleges-I am speaking of the Catholic institutions, of course. These professors are considered as belonging to the minor orders, because it takes from three to four years more before a student can be ordained for the priesthood. I would like to know if these professors in our colleges will be granted exemption. There is another point. The section says, "Clergy, including members of any recognized order of an exclusively religious character." We have in the Catholic church what are called [DOT] contemplative orders-and my hon. friend from Victoria (Sir Sam Hughes) is, no doubt, very familiar with this class of our religious orders.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
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