Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Fat Monks, errrrrr. . . ., Friars!

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Anonymous said...

They're Dominicans! Friars, not monks!

Unknown said...

Thanks, Father.

For those really interested, my good pal Wiki always seems to have the correct answer:

Friars differ from monks in that they are called to a life of poverty in service to a community, rather than cloistered asceticism and devotion. Whereas monks live cloistered away from the world in a self-sufficient community, friars are supported by donations or other charitable support.

Anonymous said...

Similar distiction to be made between "nun" and "religious sister."