sem·​i·​nar·​i·​an | \ ˌse-mə-ˈner-ē-ən \

Definition of seminarian

: a student in a seminary especially of the Roman Catholic Church

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On its own, the tale is sick and tawdry and sadly familiar: A priest who molests boys becomes a bishop who takes advantage of seminarians and who then goes on to be awarded a cardinal’s hat by a hierarchy looking the other way. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "When the Cardinal Sins," 30 July 2018 Last month, a former Vatican official, Carlo Maria Viganò, accused Francis of overturning sanctions taken against McCarrick by Francis’s predecessor, Benedict XVI, despite knowing of accusations that McCarrick abused seminarians. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Pope Francis to meet with top US cardinals over DC archbishop’s legacy of sex abuse allegations," 12 Sep. 2018 The Vatican has known since at least 2000 that McCarrick would invite seminarians to his New Jersey beach house and into his bed. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Pope to meet US bishops Thursday over abuse scandal," 11 Sep. 2018 McCarrick said as young Haitian seminarians were shown milling about. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Pope’s alleged cover-up pivots on when, if sanctions imposed," 28 Aug. 2018 Subsequently, several former seminarians and priests reported that they too had been abused or harassed by McCarrick as adults. David Crary, The Seattle Times, "Poll: US Catholics fault pope’s handling of sex abuse crisis," 2 Oct. 2018 After news broke of the investigation, several former seminarians and priests came forward to report that they, too, had been abused or harassed by McCarrick as adults. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Ex-Vatican ambassador blasts Pope Francis over lack of response to claims of sexual abuse cover-up," 28 Sep. 2018 The 71 include 37 priests of the diocese, three deacons, six seminarians, nine clergy from other dioceses and 16 individuals from religious communities. Scott Calvert, WSJ, "Pennsylvania Catholic Diocese Identifies Priests Accused of Child Sexual Abuse," 1 Aug. 2018 Another tape included a comment about the figure of a teenage girl and another criticized female seminarians who don’t work hard enough to look good. Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post, "Southern Baptist leader encouraged a woman not to report alleged rape to police and told her to forgive assailant, she says," 22 May 2018

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1794, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of seminarian

: someone who is studying at a seminary

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