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  • Jesuits gather in Rome to elect new "black pope"

    01/07/2008 9:40:38 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 265+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 7, 2008 | Philip Pullella
    There won't be any white smoke to tell the world he has been elected, but another sort of secret conclave began in Rome on Monday -- to chose the worldwide Jesuit leader who is known as the "the black pope." At Jesuit headquarters a block from the Vatican, 225 delegates from around the world will choose a new superior general to run the largest and perhaps most influential, controversial and prestigious Catholic clerical order.Their leader is traditionally known as "the black pope" because of the color of the simple cassock he wears and because -- like the pope who dresses...
  • full immersion (Jesuits sell Church to Health Spa developer)

    12/29/2007 3:39:23 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies · 66+ views
    Off The Record ^ | December 28, 2007 | Diogenes
    The Irish Jesuits have sold Sacred Heart church in Limerick, a landmark of Catholic architecture, to a developer who plans to convert the building into a health club. The scheme, if it gets the go-ahead from the local authority, will see the church transformed into a day spa featuring a swimming pool, gym and treatment rooms. The nave of the church will become the pool, but the main altar will be carefully preserved and visible behind a glass wall. So the swimming and sweating will take place in a building with that nice old-fashioned Catholic "look" that's so fashionable these...
  • Pulling the Plug

    12/02/2007 3:16:18 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 6 replies · 112+ views
    2 December 2007 | vanity
    This is the title of an article in the current issue of Forbes. It is written by John J. Parris: Jesuit Priest and Professor of Bioethics at Boston College. The article starts with a problem. In 1999 a patient was admitted with Lou Gehrig's disease. The patient indicated she should be kept alive until she could no longer enjoy her family. She eventually became unresponsive. Her daughter refused the hospital's wish to terminate life support. A lengthy (10 month) court battle ensued. The daughter opposed but eventually was faced with the hospital taking the position (Court approved) that the daughter...
  • Homosexual Jesuit Needs Refresher Course in Priestly Love

    11/11/2007 3:10:48 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies · 44+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | November 10, 2007 | Fr. Thomas Euteneuer
    On Sunday, November 4th, Rev. Thomas Brennan, S.J., revealed publicly to a parish at St. Joseph University in Philadelphia that he was a homosexual. The priest chose to "come out" during a so-called "Diversity Week" allegedly dedicated to honoring Jesuit founder, St. Ignatius Loyola. The following is Fr. Euteneuer's open letter to Fr. Brennan.Dear Father Brennan,Faithful Catholics are so accustomed to being scandalized by Jesuit priests and universities these days that your public announcement of your same sex attraction during the Mass last Sunday does not really surprise any of us. It does, however, increase the indignation that people of...
  • Our fabulous lavender Jesuits...

    11/09/2007 9:56:23 PM PST · by Antoninus · 12 replies · 101+ views
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | 11/10/07 | Florentius
    Gone are the days when Jesuit priests were virile men who fully embraced the Catholic Faith and prayed to be worthy of a martyr's crown. Let's play "compare and contrast", shall we? First, here's a tale from the 1640s in the upstate New York wilderness:He [Fr. Isaac Jogues] did not yet know the cause of his companion's [Rene Goupil] death; but the old man who had caused him to be slain having invited him, some days later, to his cabin, and giving him food, when the Father came to offer the blessing and express the sign of the Cross, that...
  • A Jesuit Meets Jesus (by leaving the Catholic Church)

    06/02/2007 1:15:18 PM PDT · by xzins · 211 replies · 2,415+ views
    Pro Gospel ^ | Ron Nemec
    A Jesuit Meets Jesus "I baptize you, Alfred Ronald Nemec, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen." With those fateful words, at the tender age of ten days, I was enrolled on the official roster of the Roman Catholic Church. And, according to Catholic doctrine, I was indelibly marked as a child of God. As the son of a devout Catholic mother and a Catholic-convert father, my early training and schooling was centered around the church and Catholic schools. Even with a move from New Jersey to Florida my parents scrimped...
  • “La Civiltà Cattolica” Breaks the Silence – On Romano Amerio

    04/23/2007 8:09:19 AM PDT · by Frank Sheed · 31 replies · 588+ views
    Chiesa On-Line ^ | April 23, 2007 | Sandro Magister
    ROMA, April 23, 2007 – In “La Civiltà Cattolica,” the magazine of the Rome Jesuits printed with the prior scrutiny and authorization of the Vatican secretaiat of state, a review has been published that signals the end of a taboo. The taboo is the one that has obliterated from public discussion, for decades, the thought of the most authoritative and erudite representative of criticism of the twentieth century Church in the name of the great Tradition: the Swiss philologist and philosopher Romano Amerio (in the photo), who died in Lugano in 1997, at the age of 92. Amerio, although he...
  • Jesuit College Fights for Public Money in Missouri

    03/01/2007 6:10:59 AM PST · by adiaireton8 · 13 replies · 286+ views
    NPR ^ | February 28, 2007 | Matt Sepic
    A fight over using public money for a Catholic university is now before The Missouri Supreme Court. The case involves Saint Louis University, which wants $8 million in public money in the form of tax-increment financing for its new planned basketball arena. But opponents argue that the funding would violate church/state separation provisions in both the U.S. and Missouri constitutions. While school officials say they are not downplaying the university's Jesuit heritage, they've sparked a debate by arguing that Saint Louis University is not controlled by the Jesuits or the Catholic Church.
  • The Jesuits’ Slaves

    02/08/2007 1:15:24 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 37 replies · 731+ views
    The Georgetown Voice ^ | Kathyrn Powers Brand
    “Can a man serve God faithfully and posess slaves?” Brother Joseph Mobberly, S.J. asked in his diary in 1818. “Yes,” he answered. “Is it then lawful to keep men in servitude? Yes.” The Jesuits of the Maryland province had always relied on plantations to support their ministries. The estates were extensive, totaling 12,000 acres on four large properties in Southern Prince Georges, Charles and St. Mary’s counties, and two smaller estates on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. In 1634, when the Jesuits arrived in Maryland, Lord Baltimore awarded them quasi-estates in which they were permitted to live off the rent of tenant...
  • Guelph Jesuits launch 500-year forest plan [ Gaia, please pick up the white courtesy phone ]

    11/13/2006 1:17:40 AM PST · by Antioch · 1 replies · 186+ views
    The Jesuits in Guelph, Ont., have a plan that's only going to take them 500 years to complete. The Jesuits are comparing their Old Growth Forest Project to such ambitious schemes as the medieval cathedrals of Europe, the pyramids and the Great Wall of China. The priests are setting aside land for a future forest ? a forest that won't qualify as old growth until a handful of centuries have passed. This forest starts with a web site, At the site, people are invited to donate. For every $20 gift the Jesuits will set aside a square metre of...
  • Jesuits to elect new 'black pope' in 2008

    08/26/2006 2:40:53 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 7 replies · 366+ views
    CathNews ^ | March 2006
    The superior general of the Jesuits, Dutch Fr Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, has informed members of the Society that he intends to step down in 2008, the year he will turn 80. Catholic News service reports that in a letter sent on Thursday to all members of the Society of Jesus, Fr Kolvenbach said a general congregation to elect his successor and to discuss other important matters would begin on 5 January 2008, in Rome. Each of the 91 Jesuit provinces in the world will hold a provincial congregation by 1 March 1 2007, to prepare for the Rome gathering. While the...
  • Jesuit Monument to Peace on Grotto Mountain in Canada (brace yourselves alert!)

    07/07/2006 10:33:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies · 3,090+ views
    Diocesessm ^ | July 6, 2006
    The monument is sponsored by Les Jésuites de Sudbury.'' No service of faith without promotion of justice. No promotion of justice without dialogue with other traditions.'' (34th General Congregation 1995, Society of Jesus)''From the beginning to the end WORKING TOGETHER FOR PEACE'' ALPHA AND OMEGA Peace represented by a dove, a Christian Cross and the symbols in each of the letters A(lpha) and O(mega) represents the 12 current religions. You can visit the monument of peace on the right hand side of the alter where Mass is celebrated on the Grotto Mountain.
  • 'Pope That Never Was' Shows How Close Major Change Can Come to the Papacy [Cardinal Carlo Martini}

    04/26/2006 7:35:34 AM PDT · by Salvation · 64 replies · 998+ views ^ | 04-26-06 | SpiritDaily
    'POPE WHO NEVER WAS' SHOWS HOW CLOSE  MAJOR CHANGE CAN COME TO THE PAPACYIt may be just smoke. Or it may be Benedict's first big test. The issue is condoms -- whether the Church can allow them in unusual cases, in order to save lives -- and it was all kick-started by a prominent  Cardinal who many had on their short lists of papal candidates.It showed how close the Church can come to leadership by a pontiff with views at strong variance with current policy.When Time Magazine speculated on a successor to John Paul II, this former archbishop of Milan,...
  • Pope Reminds Jesuits of Vow of Obedience

    04/22/2006 4:54:06 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 22 replies · 617+ views
    AP, via Forbes ^ | 4/22/2006 | n/a
    Pope Reminds Jesuits of Vow of ObediencePope Benedict XVI reminded members of the Jesuit religious order Saturday of their vow of obedience to the pontiff and said their main job was to interact with modern culture. Benedict made the comments following a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica in honor of the Jesuits, who are marking several anniversaries surrounding the founder of the order, St. Ignatius Loyola, and other prominent members. Benedict told the prelates that Loyola was a faithful servant of the church. "And it was from this desire to serve the church in the most useful and efficient way...
  • Conscience and Catholic Politicians (Part 1), Fordham's Father Koterski Unpacks an Ongoing Debate

    04/12/2006 7:35:56 AM PDT · by klossg · 9 replies · 265+ views
    Zenit ^ | APRIL 11, 2006 |
    NEW YORK, APRIL 11, 2006 ( A recent "statement of principles" by 55 Catholic Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives has rekindled the debate over the responsibilities of Catholic politicians. The signatories of the letter stated that "we seek the Church's guidance and assistance but believe also in the primacy of conscience." But, according to Jesuit Father Joseph Koterski, professor of philosophy at Fordham University, the Catholic understanding of conscience requires a distinction. The crucial factor is not fidelity to one's chosen moral principles, but rather fidelity to moral principles given to us by God. Father Koterski explained to...
  • 'Black Pope' to stand down

    02/05/2006 9:45:29 PM PST · by Coleus · 19 replies · 508+ views
    Times Online ^ | 02.04.06 | Richard Owen
    'Black Pope' to stand down By Richard Owen The head of the Jesuits, known as the “Black Pope” because of his black robes, is to step down voluntarily for the first time in the order’s 500-year history. Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, a Dutch prelate who has been Jesuit Superior General since 1983, resigned after tensions between the liberal-minded Jesuits and more conservative forces in the Roman Catholic Church. Since the election of Pope Benedict XVI last April a battle has been fought between the Jesuits and the conservative Opus Dei for control of the Vatican’s media operations. The Vatican said that...
  • Georgetown’s Capitulation to Radical Islam

    01/06/2006 4:25:31 AM PST · by unionblue83 · 15 replies · 1,582+ views
    FrontPage Magazine. ^ | 06 January 2006 | Joe Kaufman and Jeffrey Epstein
    Georgetown University was built with a Catholic and Jesuit identity. This bit of information is proudly displayed on the school’s website. But like Bethlehem in Israel, that identity is quickly being lost to a radical strain of Islam, as a counter-terror symposium has been abandoned and a pro-terror conference has been confirmed. Indeed, one of America’s most prestigious universities appears to be under siege. Fearing violent reprisal from militant Muslim members of their student body, the school’s conference center rejected an educational symposium being hosted by America’s Truth Forum (formerly the People’s Truth Forum), a non-partisan, fact-based organization whose sole...
  • Condom prank embarrasses Catholic weekly

    12/22/2005 7:14:19 AM PST · by ncountylee · 15 replies · 641+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Dec 22, 2005
    (Reuters) - A leading United States Catholic magazine has apologised to readers after printing an advertisement for a statue of the Virgin Mary covered by a condom, which the Vatican opposes as a form of contraception. America, a weekly run by the Jesuit order of priests, said in its latest issue that it was embarrassed and offended by an apparent prank by a London-based artist offering what he called the "Extra Virgin" statue for sale. A colour photograph showed a statue of Mary, who Catholics believe was a virgin when she gave birth to Jesus, covered from head to toe...
  • America to publish apology on offensive add for Virgin Mary statue covered with a condom

    12/19/2005 5:29:12 PM PST · by markomalley · 3 replies · 583+ views
    America to publish apology on offensive add for Virgin Mary statue covered with a condomNew York, Dec. 19, 2005 (CNA) - America magazine will publish an apology on Today’s edition about an add for a offensive Virgin Mary statue. The add  which was published in its December 5th edition, was for a “Extra Virgin Mary” statue. It appeared on page 36 of the December 5 edition which displayed a virgin covered with “delicate veil of latex”, in English: a condom.Editor Fr. Christiansen said to CNA he was “deeply offended” by this add. It first appeared in the magazine "because black-and-white...
  • Jesuit Magazine Carries Advertisement for Condom-Covered Virgin Mary Statue

    12/15/2005 12:03:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 34 replies · 2,499+ views
    First Things ^ | 12/15/05 | Joseph Bottum
    Vetting advertisements for a magazine is always a little tricky. Editors have a financial responsibility to keep the publication going, and it’s a fairly well-established practice in the trade to accept ads that don’t necessarily match the magazine’s editorial line—I suppose on the principle that if, say, the people at MoveOn.Org somehow believe their money is well spent trawling for converts with an ad in the John Birch Society’s newsletter, it’s not the business of the John Birch Society to correct them. Still, there are limits. Take, for example, the ad on page 36 of the December 5 issue of...