by Erasmus

Differ from 'religious' (who need not be priests) in that, although obliged to celibacy, they do not take the three formal vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. The ancient orders, exempt from hierarchical jurisdiction, are responsible only through their own superiors to the pope.

Note to My Followers which is Part 3 of Folly Speaks from "The Praise Of Folly"

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