Discipline embodies a new experiment in molding Catholic priests

By ERIC GORSKI
AP Religion Writer

updated 9:06 p.m. CT, Sat., Aug 29, 2009

DENVER – The seminarians’ wallets are empty, except for driver’s licenses and insurance cards. To buy cigarettes or clothes or anything else, they must ask their superiors for money — an exercise in obedience and a reminder that material things aren’t important.

They have virtually no time alone, on or off campus, and are required to travel in pairs, “two by two,” like Jesus’ disciples. They live in a world without cell phones or personal computers, and their evenings end promptly at 10.

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