UPDATE 8 June: BELOW
Originally Published on: Jun 2, 2017 ___
A while back, the head of the Jesuits, their Superior General Fr. Arturo Sosa Ascobal, opined that we don’t know what the Lord taught because no one had a tape recorder. HERE That wayward notion effectively empties Christianity of its content. He tried, unconvincingly in my opinion, to walk the statement back even while defending it.
In an interview with El Mundo via InfoCatólica Sosa now offers other gems for our consideration. When asked about the ordination women, he replies that the Church needs a “different hierarchy with different ministries”. He also said, “The Pope has already opened the door of the diaconate by creating a commission. Then more doors could open.” Of course the Pope did nothing of the kind in establishing that deaconette commission, and he has slammed the door pretty hard on the ordination of women, as had all Popes before him. Asked about same-sex marriage, Sosa burbles for a bit, with a snap of his fingers he says, “Sacraments aren’t born like *this*.”
About the existence of the Devil, Sosa said:
Desde mi punto de vista, el mal forma parte del misterio de la libertad. Si el ser humano es libre, puede elegir entre el bien y el mal. Los cristianos creemos que estamos hechos a imagen y semejanza de Dios, por lo tanto Dios es libre, pero Dios siempre elige hacer el bien porque es todo bondad. Hemos hecho figuras simbólicas, como el diablo, para expresar el mal. Los condicionamientos sociales también representan esa figura, ya que hay gente que actúa así porque está en un entorno donde es muy difícil hacer lo contrario.
From my point of view, evil forms part of the mystery of freedom. If the human being is free, he can choose between good and evil. Christians believe that we are made in the image and likeness of God, therefore God is free, but God always chooses to do good because he is all goodness. We have made symbolic figures, like the devil, to express evil. Social conditionings also represents that figure, since there are people who act this way because it is in an environment where it is very difficult to do the opposite.
So, the Superior General of the Jesuits does not believe that the Devil exists as a real, person being. The Devil, according to this Jesuit, is a symbolic construction of ‘evil”.
CCC 391 says:
Behind the disobedient choice of our first parents lurks a seductive voice, opposed to God, which makes them fall into death out of envy. Scripture and the Church’s Tradition see in this being a fallen angel, called “Satan” or the “devil”. The Church teaches that Satan was at first a good angel, made by God: “The devil and the other demons were indeed created naturally good by God, but they became evil by their own doing.”
Lateran IV said that the Devil is an angel and affirms that angels are personal beings.
According to Sosa, however, I guess the Lord was not tempted by Satan and in Matthew 4 Jesus said: “Begone symbolic construct!”
The Lord apparently didn’t mean what He said about the Prince of this World.
Maybe the Lord Himself is also a “symbolic construct”!
I can see it now. The Jesuits will have to change all their stationary: The Society of Symbolic Construct.
No more SJ. Instead… SS? The Symbolists? The Constructors?
How about this…. The Jesuits themselves are really just a symbolic construct. They were, after all repressed once. A good days work by Pope Clement XIV, Papa Ganganelli.
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UPDATE 8 June:
Check out the piece at the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who was puzzled by the Superior of the Jesuits reducing the Devil to a mere “symbolic construct”. That’s, after all, what he did.
The SPOKESMAN of the Superior told the Catholic Herald that the Superior:
“Father Sosa was asked to comment on the question of evil. In his response, he pointed out that evil is part of the mystery of freedom. He noted that if the human being is free, it means he can do good or evil; otherwise, he would not be free.
“Human language uses symbols and imagery. God is love. To say God symbolizes love is not to deny the existence of God. The devil is evil. Similarly, to say the devil symbolizes evil is not to deny the existence of the devil.” [What an answer. How about: YES, he believes in the Devil. Or: NO, he doesn’t believe in the Devil. What is this?]
The spokesman went on: “Like all Catholics, Father Sosa professes and teaches what the Church professes and teaches. He does not hold a set of beliefs separate from what is contained in the doctrine of the Catholic Church.” [How about: YES, he believes in the Devil. Or: NO, he doesn’t believe in the Devil.]
The spokesman was then asked whether Fr Sosa believes that the Devil is an individual with a soul, intellect and free will. He replied: “As I said in my response yesterday, Father General Arturo Sosa believes and teaches what the Church believes and teaches. He does not hold another set of beliefs apart from what is contained in the doctrine of the Catholic Church.”
So, the Superior of the Jesuits hasn’t answered the questions. Instead his spokesman made a couple of statements about believing what the Church believes.
How hard is it, if you believe what the Church believes, to stand up in public and say clearly what the Church believes?
The whom Christ calls “the Devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41)… is an angelic being. Angels are persons. The Devil is a personal being. Is this hard?
No, wait. This same Superior General of the Jesuits also called into question what we can believe that Christ said, since, as he put it, they didn’t have tape recorders back then.
Be sure to read what Archbp. Chaput wrote recently. HERE Including:
Medieval theologians understood this quite well. They had an expression in Latin: Nullus diabolus, nullus redemptor. No devil, no Redeemer. Without the devil, it’s very hard to explain why Jesus needed to come into the world to suffer and die for us. What exactly did he redeem us from?
The devil, more than anyone, appreciates this irony, i.e., that we can’t fully understand the mission of Jesus without him. And he exploits this to his full advantage. He knows that consigning him to myth inevitably sets in motion our same treatment of God.