The English word monk more properly refers to men in enclosed life, while the term friar more properly refers to men in monastic life who are active in the broader world (like Franciscans, Dominicans and Augustinians). Although the English word "nun" is often used to describe Christian women who have joined religious orders, strictly speaking, female church members are referred to as nuns only when they live in enclosure, otherwise they are "sisters" or "female clergy." The distinctions between the Christian terms monk, nun, friar, brother, and sister are sometimes easily blurred because some orders (such as the Dominicans or Augustinians) include nuns (who are enclosed) and sisters (who work in the broader world), as well as friars (who are not enclosed).
RELIGIOUS orders were left increasingly isolated last night amid mounting pressure to give more money to the compensation fund for victims of institutional child abuse.
May 25, 2009; Pressure growing to reopen abuse deal Church officials urge orders to give more funds for victims RELIGIOUS orders were left...