I received a book entitled On the Suppression of the Society of Jesus: A contemporary account. US HERE – UK HERE I was so hoping that by “contemporary” the title meant our days. However, it results from the 18th century, when Papa Ganganelli, Clement XIV of happy memory, suppressed the Society. The book, published by Loyola Press, is by Guilo Cesare Cordara, SJ (1704-1785). It is his contemporary account. I’m looking forward to reading it, even though it will be defense of Jesuits and the Society.
Meanwhile, at Crisis I found an article by Michael Warren Davis:
Scrap the Jesuits and start over
Been there, done that.
Could it be done today?
Consider that the Superior of the Jesuits denies that the Devil is a personal, evil being. The Devil is some sort of nebulous forces in structures. Think about guys like Reese and Martin. Think about the Jesuit who gave a guy, so he says, in Seattle a blessing to kill himself.
The old phrase in Latin is made concrete in the Jesuits today: corruptio optimi pessima… the corruption of the best thing is the worst kind of corruption.
There were truly great Jesuits. There still are! I know and respect some, and they are not all elderly.
The Jesuits need a massive reform from top – especially from top – to the last and most recent of their ranks.
It was a huge mistake not to dismantle the Legion entirely. It could have been refounded in a new way later. It would be a mistake not to rethink the Jesuits from top to bottom and then refound them.
One could weep. I cannot imagine the pain of the faithful men in the Society.
I fear that no one has the guts to act like a real Jesuit and do what has to be done. Rose bushes need to be hacked down in order to flourish again.
Pray for a new St. Francis Xavier to rise up. Can you imagine what he would say, looking around? We need Jean de Brébouf, not Jasmine the Poof. When the Iroquois were torturing St. Jean to death, they drank his blood because they wanted to have his courage. We need new Edmund Campions, Robert Southwells, John Gerards. We need Rupert Mayers, not Daniel Berrigans. We need John de Brittos, not Roger Haights. We need Peter Clavers, not Thomas Reeses. We need Walter Ciszeks not George Tyrells. We need Peter Fabers, not Jon Sobrinos. We need Robert Bellarmines, not Daniel Maquires. We need Alfred Delps, not Robert Drinans. We need William Doyles, not Ernesto Cardenals. We need Aloysius Gonzagas, not Jacques Dupuis. We need John Hardons, not John Dears. We need Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez, not Antonio Spadaros. We need Jean Pierre de Caussades, not Pierre Teilhard de Chardins. We need Francis Borgias, not Pedro Arupes. We need Claude de la Colombieres, not Carlo Maria Martinis. We need Peter Canisius, not Karl Rahners.
Are you out there?
Clement XIV (Ganganelli) swag that is available.