St. Ignatious of Loyola was a Spanish soldier. But you wouldn’t believe it by the way his image has been softened by many modern-day Jesuits (see: Fr. James Martin, SJ) into a sort of Catholic community organizer. His Spiritual Exercises? Merely a therapeutic self-help book.
Started in 1540, the Jesuits were considered the Pope’s missionary soldiers. They endured tremendous, often violent, hardships across the globe as they spread the Gospel and converted entire countries. They heroically defended the Catholic Church from the perils of the Reformation. They set up some of the greatest universities on the planet. Their history is amazing. What happened?
It’s no secret that the Jesuits, as a whole, are extremely leftist in their politics and progressive in their theology and have been since before V2. However, their views are now so extreme, they are flirting with straight up heresy. It has reached such high levels of the order that the scandal they are providing is truly devastating. In almost every statement by Jesuit officials, Catholics and non-Catholics rightfully wonder if they even like the Church and what it stands for.
Now we have a new Superior General of the order, Fr. Arturo Sosa, who recently came under fire for suggesting that the teachings of Christ are relative, exposed for having signed a letter praising Fidel Castro. That’s right, the Fidel Castro who all but eradicated Christianity from what was then extremely Catholic Cuba. The man who destroyed churches, took over Catholic schools, and murdered priests in order for atheistic Communism to better strangle his island citizens.
From the Catholic Herald:
Jesuit superior general Fr Arturo Sosa allegedly signed a letter praising Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in 1989.
The 810th name on the list of signatories is “Arturo Sosa, S.J.,” of the Centro Gumilla, of which he was director at the time.
The letter begins: “We… wish to publicly express our respect for what you, as the main leader of the Cuban Revolution, have achieved for the dignity of your people and therefore for all Latin America.”
It goes on to say that “only ideological blindness can deny the place the process you represent occupies in the history of the liberation of our peoples.”
The letter also describes Castro’s overthrow of the Batista government as an “exemplary victory over tyranny, corruption and servitude”…
Does anyone take the Jesuits seriously anymore? Apparently not because, even while embarrassing themselves trying to be popular, their numbers are plummeting. Almost no serious Catholic men who are considering the priesthood are considering becoming a Jesuit. ☩