The Holy Founder

The Holy Founder
St. Ignatius of Loyola

Welcome the "Reforming the Jesuits" blog.

This blog has the objective of reforming the Jesuits. The logic is first to show that the Jesuits need to be reformed and second to consider the means needed to achieve that end.

Why should non-Jesuits be concerned about reforming the order?
The Jesuit order like any religious order has as an end to serve Christ by serving His Church. The members of the Church have the right to control the quality of the service that it is receiving.

The service that the Catholic faithful receive comes from institutional decisions and from individual Jesuits. Many love the traditional Society of Jesus, her saints, her mysticism, and her history but are dismayed by the direction taken by the current management. Many have been served by pious orthodox Jesuits but are scandalized by others. It seems that there is an identity crisis. The very institution does not know what its ends are. While the documents of the order are clear, institutional discipline has broken down, some members are confused and leaders have refused to lead.

What should be done? Some argue that the Society should be suppressed again. That would be a shame. Given that the name of the Society of Jesus in Spanish is La Compañía de Jesús, maybe what should be preferred is a hostile takeover of the Company. That does not seem possible. During the crazy post VCII days some Orthodox Spanish Jesuits advanced the proposal of the establishment of a reformed ordered following the example of the Carmelites and Trapists, others proposed the foundation of "strict observance" provinces.

This blog aims to apply moral pressure advancing arguments for what seems to be a clear truth: the Jesuits need reformed. Then it invites brain storming looking for possible solutions. Ideas are powerful but prayer is more powerful. We invite readers to pray. Invoke the Jesuit saints.


Monday, November 19, 2007

The Oregon Province of the Jesuits feels the effects of failed policies.

$50M Priest Abuse Deal Reached in Alaska

The AP reports that:

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A Roman Catholic religious order has agreed to pay $50 million to more than 100 Alaska Natives who allege sexual abuse by Jesuit priests, a lawyer for the accusers said Sunday.

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Wonder who that could be? The Oregon province of the Society sold out it's spiritual patrimony exchanging it for psycho-babble. Among American Jesuits they are distinguished by their group-think and psychological laden language.

The news report says:
The settlement with the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus is the largest one yet against a Catholic religious order...

The settlement does not require the order to admit fault, ... None of the priests were ever criminally charged.

The sexual abuse allegations involved 13 or 14 clerics and spanned nearly 30 years, from 1961 to 1987, Roosa said. The children's ages ranged from 5 years to teenage.

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The Oregon Province has flaunted in the past and continues to flaunt the Church's instruction on the ordination of homosexuals.

Key members of the Province have said that it is not a homosexual problem but a celibacy problem. While it is true that some of the abuse in Alaska was of girls, that was a minority.

Maybe they will respond to a 50 million dollar wakeup call.

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