Skip to comments.Cdl. Bergoglio's Lenten Letter, 2013
Posted on 03/14/2013 9:02:02 AM PDT by NKP_Vet
More from H.E. Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio, SJ down in Buenos Aires. (You'll note that in spectacularly Jesuit fashion, Cdl. Bergoglio is brief and VERY to the point.)
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St. Francis of Assisi, Pray for Us. Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for Us.
Are Jesuits different from other Cardinals? Is, why?
By tradition, and because they are priests of a religious order and not of a specific diocese, Jesuit priests are rarely elevated to bishop, archbishop, or cardinal. In fact, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, who holds a very powerful position in the Church, is referred to as The Black Pope because he wears the black cassock of an ordinary priest, not the purple or scarlet robes of bishops and cardinals.
Although technically an ordinary priest can be elected pope(he is made a bishop before installed as pope), this does not occur much, and not in modern times.
So, Pope Francis is the rare Jesuit who has been made a cardinal and also been the head of an archdiocese (the only other one I know offhand was Cardinal Martini, previous Archbishop of Milan).
Pope JP II elevated a Jesuit theologian to Cardinal as an essentially honorary office (he was older than 80 and ineligible to vote when elevated)- that was Avery Cardinal Dulles, who was a professor at Fordham University.
How many orders are there? do they differ greatly?
Forgive me if this is a hijack... I am not Catholic but have followed the making and office of the Pope since John Paul II, who happens to be a personal hero of mine, for very temporal reasons. I was career Navy during the cold war watched with astonishment as JP II defied and humiliated the communist regimes of Poland and the USSR in general, and gave communist dominated peoples hope they handnt had for decades. The power of the Pope for good was remarkable. He along with Ronald Reagan and Lady Thatcher remain my heros to this day. I pray, as a Protestant, that this Pope has some of the same influence on the world, particularly regarding the persecution of Christians everywhere today.
“How many orders are there? do they differ greatly?”
This Wikipedia article should answer your question.
“I pray, as a Protestant, that this Pope has some of the same influence on the world, particularly regarding the persecution of Christians everywhere today.”
As a Catholic, I pray for this along with you, Afterguard.
Didn’t realize there were so many different kinds of priests. Really gets complicated, thanks
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