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diocesan bishop, the candidate should be advised to leave formation. Although no one has a right to continue in formation or a right to be ordained, in justice and with pastoral sensitivity the reasons for this decision should be shared with the candidate, and a fair hearing should be given to his own assessment of the situation, as well as to that of others who may wish to speak on his behalf. 239. In situations of doubt about the readiness of a candidate to be called to ordination, or about his progress in achieving appropriate levels of adult formation, the diocesan bishop may consider a period of pro bation. This time, however, should be specifically limited, not left open-ended. Likewise, appropriate supervision is absolutely necessary during this period to bring about needed growth and provide suitable information on which to base a judgment. It will be helpful, therefore, to prepare a written plan of action indicating the goals to be achieved, the actions that will be followed to meet the goals, and the means of evaluating and verifying the achievement of the goals.This written plan should further specify the supervisor who will accompany the candi date through the process. It must be understood that in such situa tions, the burden of proof of readiness for ordination rests with the candidate, and doubt is resolved in favor of the Church. 240. Paralleling the process indicated for the external forum, spiritual direc tion is similarly crucial to the candidate’s discernment. The individ ual’s spiritual director should receive the information regarding this period of probation; and through internal forum, he should assist the individual through regularly scheduled meetings. VI. Scrutinies for Institution into the Ministries of Lector and Acolyte and Ordination to the Diaconate

241. In accord with the Circular Letter from the Congregation for Divine

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