A sobering assessment of Bergoglio’s tenure as head of the Jesuits in Argentina October 27, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, different religion, disaster, episcopate, General Catholic, Papa, religious, scandals, secularism, Society, SOD, the struggle for the Church.
Wow. This apparently dates from 2013. I don’t know if the quote was obtained before or after the conclave, but I tend to imagine given the subject matter, after. Via Rorate, a very critical view of Pope Bergoglio’s tenure as head of the Jesuit order in Argentina:
“Yes I know Bergoglio [, says a Jesuit superior from another Latin American country]. He’s a person who’s caused a lot of problems in the Society and is highly controversial in his own country.
In addition to being accused of having allowed the arrest of two Jesuits during the time of the Argentinian dictatorship, as provincial he generated divided loyalties: some groups almost worshipped him, while others would have nothing to do with him, and he would hardly speak to them. It was an absurd situation. He is well-trained and very capable, but is surrounded by this personality cult which is extremely divisive.He has an aura of spirituality which he uses to obtain power. It will be a catastrophe for the Church to have someone like him in the Apostolic See. He left the Society of Jesus in Argentina destroyed with Jesuits divided and institutions destroyed and financially broken. We have spent two decades trying to fix the chaos that the man left us.”
Paul Vallely [more here]
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Wow. One might say, well, this is just another anonymous source speaking boldly, they may have an agenda, they may be disaffected, they may have an ax to grind, etc.
But given what we’ve seen in the past 32 months, with a visible and growing factionalism in the Church (which really just brought the existing factions more out into the open), and the marked contrast in Pope Francis’ behavior with regard to the various factions (showering praise and benefits on those aligned with him, frequently hotly disputing and even insulting those he apparently dislikes), it would seem to lend some credence to the claims made above.
That the Jesuits in Argentina are a mess I have no doubt. Of course, there have been incredible problems with the Jesuits going back a century or more, ever since a number of Jesuits like George Tyrell decided to embrace the modernist heresy. They’ve been the leading advocates for modernism ever since, especially since their “sainted” acolyte Teilhard de Chardin received such huge acclaim within the order. Worldwide, a few notable exceptions aside, the Jesuits have been a broken institution for a very long time.
I agree with Rorate on a tweet they made, too: it is well past time for a future pontiff (as it surely won’t be this one) to examine whether the Society of Jesus should be suppressed again. It’s not just Bergoglio, it’s not just Argentina, throughout the world Jesuits have been in the vanguard of advancing the revolution against the Church. Just last week I posted disastrous comments from another Jesuit prelate. However, some claim that the order has already been purged of its most heretical elements. I don’t know about that, the vision of Cardinal Carlo Martini, SJ, is being visited on the Church in this current pontificate. And once an order develops such a well-earned reputation for heresy and revolutionary ideals, it is perhaps time to suppress it entirely and try to reconstitute it again – if needed – some decades later, after all current players are long in the ground.
Increasingly, I have come to believe the Jesuits were created by God to serve a specific need in the Church at a specific time, and while I have generally read in histories that Clement XIII’s suppression of the order was a very bad thing, maybe it wasn’t so bad after all. In addition, there are those who claim that the Jesuits, for all the good they accomplished in the Counter-Reformation, seriously imbalanced Catholic thought, and paved the way for the invasion of rationalism and modernism, with their extreme focus on reason and the intellect, and lack of embrace of emotional, spiritual side of the Church. That’s the claim of Dr. Geoffrey Hull in a book I recommend, The Banished Heart.
In spite of the strong support he’s received from progressive quarters of the Church, I’d bet my lunch money and more besides that this will be the last Jesuit pope for a very long time.