Pope protecting his own corrupt Jesuits while attacking traditionalist orders

Should the Pope intervene in the Society of Jesus?

There is a field of study called body language.   There should also be one called liturgical language.  What does this photo say when the Cross is tiny and put to one side but the Pope and Mercy are centre stage.  A Jesuit preaches.

The multitude of abuse cases surfacing and the moral laxity of senior members of the order founded in 1534 by the Spaniard Ignatius of Loyola could be sufficient grounds for his intervention.

The Order of Malta, the Heralds of the Gospel, the Miles Chriti Institute, Sodalitium Christianae Vitae or the Memores Domini of Communion and Liberation are some examples of movements considered 'conservative' that have been intervened by Pope Francis for different reasons. To these can also be added the, for now, 'readjustment' that Francis (whispered by the Jesuit Ghirlanda) has forced Opus Dei to undergo.

Abuses in the Society of Jesus

During these last months, we have seen in the press cases and cases of abuse that have shaken the Jesuits. Almost forgotten is the Rupnik case about whom there are still many questions. The Slovenian Jesuit, famous for his artistic works, was denounced for sexual abuse, abuse of power and abuse of conscience.

The leader of the Society of Jesus, Arturo Sosa, confirmed that the priest Marko Rupnik, accused of sexually abusing at least nine nuns, was excommunicated for confessing to one of his victims. The Jesuit Superior indicated that the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, which investigated the allegations against Fr Rupnik, "said that it happened, there was the absolution of an accomplice". This Vatican sanction, according to AP, reportedly occurred in 2019 although the penalty of excommunication was subsequently lifted.

The Rupnik case has now been overshadowed by the outbreak of Jesuit abuse cases in Bolivia with hundreds of victims. A recent report in El País accused Spanish Jesuit Alfonso Pedrajas Moreno, who died in 2009, of having abused minors during his ministry. Since the Pedrajas case exploded, at least eight formal complaints against clerics have been filed with the Public Prosecutor's Office in the departments of La Paz, Cochabamba, Tarija and Santa Cruz. The vast majority of the victims of these Jesuits were boys or young men, so they can already draw conclusions.

In Spain, according to the latest report of the Jesuits, there are a total of 17 Jesuits denounced for abuse of minors at the time who are still alive (whether or not they are Jesuits today) who have been accused of abuse or misconduct. 1967 is the furthest back on record. 2012 is the most recent. Jesuits reported: 3 are from the 1960s, 2 from the 1970s, 3 from the 1980s, 3 from the 1990s and 6 are reported to have occurred since 2000. There are 48 deceased Jesuits who have been accused of abuse. The cases occurred between 1927 and 2010. Almost all were in educational contexts.

As for cases of abuse of adults by Jesuits, there are 8 Jesuits accused of this type of abuse. All of them are allegations received between 2010 and 2020 and refer to cases that occurred between 1979 and 2016. In four of these 8 cases there have been canonical proceedings with sentences including in one case total suspension from ministry, in others, pastoral measures, therapy, or canonical restrictions related to the activity carried out. The Jesuits confirm in this report that "there are a total of 96 Jesuits accused out of a total of 8782 Jesuits (more restrictive option, only considering those who entered the Society of Jesus since 1927 and including minors and adults among the victims). This would give 1.08% of Jesuits accused at some point of abuse or misconduct with minors or adults.

adults. According to the data provided by the order, 72% of the victims of child abuse were children.

It is strange that, with the amount of abuse in the Jesuits, Jordi Évole did not choose any victims of priests linked to the Society of Jesus for his programme with Pope Francis.

The Jesuits and their flirtation with the LGBT world

In recent years, many Jesuits have joined in defending proposals contrary to the Magisterium of the Church, especially in everything that has to do with human sexuality.

Many of our readers will have thought of the famous American Jesuit James Martin, close to Pope Francis and a communications consultant to the Holy See. Martin, regarded as the 'LGBT apostle', is known in these pages for his heterodox views in favour of the Church's acceptance of homosexual practice as natural. It is important to distinguish between the homosexual condition, which the Church does not condemn but invites to live in an orderly way from a Christian point of view, and homosexual practice, which is a matter of grave sin.

James Martin, a Jesuit, is one of those priests whose writings are dedicated to creating confusion. Recently, this Jesuit recommended not to follow some passages of St. Paul's epistles because, according to him, they are used against LGBT people. In addition to openly defending and supporting 'gay marriage', Martin has on several occasions praised Francis as the Pope who has done the most for LGBT pastoral work.

Another Jesuit heavyweight is Cardinal Hollerich, whom Pope Francis recently appointed as a member of the Council of Cardinals who advise him. The Luxembourg cardinal is also known, in addition to being a Jesuit, for his positions in favour of the female diaconate and priesthood and for changing the Church's sexual morality. Hollerich's role within the Church is especially relevant as he is also the General Rapporteur of the Synod.

In Spain we cannot forget that it is Jesuit groups who are leading and sponsoring the LGTB movement within the Church. A few weeks ago, we reported on the talk they tried to give in Pamplona in favour of the blessing of homosexual couples but which the Archdiocese finally cancelled.

In the world of social networks, it is common to see that the opinions that are furthest removed from the faith and disruptive with this type of issue tend to emanate from Jesuit priests, although there are always exceptions. Moreover, in Spain, there are numerous parishes run by Jesuits that recommend fleeing from them for confession because for some Jesuit priests there are serious sins that are not serious and they let you know so.

For all these reasons, this cocktail of serious abuses within this religious order combined with the erroneous approaches contrary to the Faith, morals and tradition of the Church of reputed Jesuits that are not corrected, forces us to ask ourselves whether Pope Francis should intervene with his Jesuit brothers as he has done with other groups and realities of the Church.

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