PopeWatch: Jesuit Love
Father James Martin, SJ, editor at large of the Jesuit rag America, practically breaks his arm slapping his order on the back for all the good qualities he perceives in Pope Francis in an article for CCN. A sample:
Openness. Jesuits are asked to “Find God in all things.” Again, this is not simply a Jesuit virtue but a Christian one. Yet that brief motto is the most commonly cited way of summing up Jesuit spirituality. And “all things” means all people.
This includes those people who have felt excluded, or unwelcome, in the church. So although his message is based on simple Christian mercy, the world has witnessed the Pope repeatedly inviting the church to experience God in places that some other Catholic leaders may have overlooked or even ignored. Atheists, divorced and remarried Catholics, and gay men and lesbians, have all seen the Pope reach out to them.
Francis is not so much trying to find God there — because he knows that God is already there — as he is reminding others to look for God in the lives of all these people.
Other Jesuit hallmarks could be added to the list, such as flexibility, freedom and an emphasis on social justice. But overall, when Jesuits watch the Pope, we often nod our heads and say, “That’s very Jesuit.”
Over the past year, Jesuits have been accused of being too proud of Pope Francis. I’m guilty myself. So at the risk of pride, I’ll say that I think he’s a great Pope, a great priest and a great Jesuit. And I’ll bet St. Ignatius would be proud — or as proud as he would allow himself to be.
Go here to read the rest. There are certain qualities of most, with certain shining exceptions, modern Jesuits that Father Martin missed. (PopeWatch is not ascribing these to Pope Francis.)
4. Disobedient to popes, except this latest one (so far).
5. Proud as Lucifer.
6. Contemptuous of the Church as it existed prior to 1965.
8. Intellectual Poseurs.
There is a reason why the Church has not had a Jesuit pope before now. If Pope Francis is a success as Pope it will be in spite of what he learned in the modern Jesuit order and not because of it.