kirk5a wrote:Wait a minute now - bankruptcy is a legal matter, not a moral one.
I see no reason why someone seeking ordination without any realistic way to pay off their debt should not investigate bankruptcy.
Oh? So I can borrow money from you and then choose to not pay you back because I want to go ordain? Doesn't that affect you in any way?
Why would a business be different? That business is owned by actual people, and it also pays its employees. In the case of bankruptcy (simplified), the money that the business uses to pay it's owners and employees never comes in.
Now does a lender take on risk when it loans money? Of course. Do some lenders overcharge their borrowers? Absolutely.
But does that absolve a borrower of choosing to not follow through with their obligations? The BMC seems pretty clear here. The aspiring monk needs to have someone agree to take on his debt, not ditch out on the lender or force the lender to take on the debt (by bankruptcy).
I don't know where this falls on the big moral scale. Maybe it's low, maybe it's high. But the rules for ordaining discuss debt explicitly, and I don't see how bankruptcy fits.