The previous entry has obviously touched an issue of considerable importance and concern for many Christian Scientists. Does any faithful Scientist doubt that venality lurks deep in the lair of the Journal-listing beast? My faint hope was a false one; its bite is worse than its bark. The explanations of "mentor" which have been helpfully provided in comments to the previous entry by someone (or ones) actually clarify more than was intended. They smack of the parody diversion in the Trammell imbroglio.
Mrs. Eddy did not provide for mentors or even use the term, and she made a provision for everything a Christian Scientist requires. There are Christian Science practitioners and authorized teachers. Period. Mrs. Eddy makes their respective functions perfectly clear. That both have been corrupted in recent years by bureaucratic hootchy-kootchy is another subject. Despite the seemingly innocuous explanations, complete with smarmy standard-bearing, the mentor canard is an insidious mulligan on the Journal-listing course. If the usual information in the Journal listing application doesn't trigger any concern or results in an unplayable lie (no pun intended) the mentor mulligan is then played. It is a ruse to smoke out "insurgent" Che Guevaras before they become an official part of the system, even if it means foregoing the annual $250. Boston wants to know if those with whom the applicant is hobnobbing also pass muster. Ches or proteges of Ches must not be allowed a place in their cozy Camelot (to conflate a couple of metaphors).
"Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out." (Christ Jesus, Luke 14: 34-35)