Rorate Caeli

Father Bergoglio, in disgrace for years for disagreements with the Society's leadership?...
Update: Panorama reports, Il Sismografo denies

Ultra-"progressive" Italian Jesuit Fr. Felice Scalia wrote an article of what the new papacy means for Jesuits for Adista (the "progressive" news agency whose symbol is a saint hugging a devil). Well, for Jesuits like him. One of the main points, after disowning the legacy of Pope John Paul II, is the following:

[N]ow it will be possible to review the history of Fr. Pedro Arrupe, the great victim of the misunderstandings between the Holy See of Pope Wojtyla and the Society of Jesus ... . In heaven, Fr. Pedro will joyfully exult with us.

Maybe. Now, this is curious because Fr. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, provincial of Argentina, seemed to have been himself, at least in a second stage of his provincial leadership, and then for 15 years after that, more a victim than a supporter of Society leadership (maybe including Arrupe, or just in the Kolvenbach years?...). Ignazio Ingrao reports for Italian weekly Panorama:

With a letter, the Superior General of the Society blocked Bergoglio from being received

Marginalized by his own Jesuit brothers, forced for six years to be a confessor in a church in Cordoba, more than 700 km from Buenos Aires, and even forbidden from visiting other Jesuit communities. The story of the relationship between Jorge Mario Bergoglio and the Society founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola is very painful. There is even a letter of the Superior General of the Society, Dutchman Peter Hans Kolvenbach, that establishes an express prohibition to other houses and communities to receive Bergoglio, at any moment he might have wished to leave the church assigned to him in Cordoba. A true a proper ostracism, that takes place within the most difficult and troubles years of the Society, guided first by Spanish Father Pedro Arrupe, then intervened by John Paul II through Father Paolo Dezza, then returned to the hands of Father Kolvenbach.

His sister Marta and his brother-in-law Enrico Narvaja were direct witnesses of those difficult years for Father Bergoglio: the enfant prodige, chosen Provincial superior of Argentina at 37, destined to a brilliant career, seemed to have been definitely set apart up to when he was 50.

Guarding the Kolvenbach letter and the memory of these painful family events today is Pope Francis's nephew, Father José Luis Narvaja, also a Jesuit, director of the Thomas Falkner institute for the study of sources, professor of theology and patristics in Salvador [Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires], in Frankfurt and at the Gregorian University in Rome.

The "sin" of Bergoglio was that to have first sided with Arrupe, than turning decisively against him, so far as to leave the leadership of the Province in 1979. [Rorate note: note, however, that this came at the end of the usual 6-year term for Jesuit provincials.] But the strongly identitarian [Jesuit] position and the deep disagreement with Liberation Theology by Bergoglio ended up being in full agreement with John Paul II and the Prefect for the Doctrine of the Faith, Joseph Ratzinger. For this reason, Karol Wojtyla lifts Bergoglio from oblivion and, at 56, names him auxiliary bishop of Buenos Aires, at the suggestion of Cardinal Antonio Quarracino. A new life begins for the Argentine Jesuit that will lead him up to the throne of Peter. The long audience, soon after his election, with the current Superior General of the Jesuits, Adolfo Nicolas, fails nevertheless to completely conceal the embarrassment with which some old adversaries of Bergoglio in the Society have received his election. ...

[Update - Il Sismografo posted the following: "In an article published in Panorama on April 3, by Ignazio Ingrao, titled 'When the Jesuits marginalized him', and anticipated in the blog of the same author, a supposed letter sent by the previous Father General of the Jesuits, Peter Hans Kolvenbach, is mentioned, with the prohibition for the houses of Argentine Jesuits 'to receive Father Bergoglio when he wished to leave the church assigned to him in Cordoba.' The affirmation is not only completely implausible, but it is absolutely false, because such a letter has never existed. Both the Jesuit Curia, where the [record of the] sending of such a letter is not found, and Father José Luis Narvaja, mentioned by 'Panorama' as the custodian of such letter, and that denied ever having made declarations to 'Panorama', deny this. The official in charge of the Press Office of the Jesuit Curia, Father Giuseppe Bellucci, also notes that the permanence in Cordoba of then-Father Bergoglio was not of six years, as mentioned in the article, but two."

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In other news: the first Bergoglio appointment to a curial position was made today, as he named the Minister General of the Friars Minor, Spaniard José Rodríguez Carballo, OFM, Secretary of the Congregation for Religious (Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life).

27 comments:

Umberto said...

Fascinating. Sounds like he is an SJ who, at a certain point, wished he could have become a Franciscan.

Jon said...

Too bad it isn't this kind of Franciscan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4frzb-mre2Y

So many inconsistencies.

Does anyone know anything about Carballo?

Anon SJ said...

6 years is the length of time for provincials to serve according to our constitutions. He served from 73 to 79. Also, while I've only been a Jesuit for less than 15 years, I have never even heard of Jesuits not allowed in Jesuit houses, much less by order of the Father General. I have great reasons to doubt this story.

New Catholic said...

Yes, for the term. As for the letter, Ingrao names names, including of the priest who has the letter, a nephew of the Pope, so it is quite easy to check the story. Knowing the history of founder Fr. Simao Rodrigues, it even seems to be in the "Ignatian" tradition...

Matt said...

Interesting. The plot thickens. Well, is the Holy Father going to clean house with the Jesuits now or is it going to be one more Pontificate letting them ride on with impunity?

Stephen said...

All these "orders" are second millenium innovations that have hopefully reached their shelf life. Whatever good they could deliver is gone, and they should all be put out of their misery, else they'll continue to be a net minus to the Church.

Knight of Malta said...

I just hope he doesn't become a Međugorje 'Franciscan'!

I used to be a cultish-fanatical believer myself, but now I believe Meddugorje is a place to be avoided.

It reminds me of Bayside, Conyers, or County Mayo (Ireland) where the 'Gospa' or 'Mary' was supposed to have appeared.

I love Mary like my own mother, and I have a very old icon--which I pray for intercession to every night--to prove it.

In the 20th century (not the one we're in, of course!) I believe in Fatima and Akita (too bad the seer at Akita was bumped out of her order.)

Benedict Carter said...

NC and others: what is the state of the Jesuits today? In the USA probably awful: but elsewhere? What is the view of readers?

Fr RB said...

I'm beginning to warm to him.

New Catholic said...

Grazie, Anon!

John Paul The Third said...

Check this out from Nancy Scheper-Hughes:

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/03/20/can-even-god-forgive-jorge-mario-bergoglio/

Currently, I'm being neutral for a while, because this 'disgrace years of Father Bergoglio' could turn to be uglier if this is true from Nancy.

So,no more calling His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI as NaziCrazyYouth?

I'm chocking up to my upper throat to read this Rorate Caeli article and Nancy Scheper-Hughes' article in the same time.Yes,both articles side by side.

John Paul The Third

Knight of Malta said...

JPIII

Nancy Scheper-Hughes' article seems spurious, at best. Why didn't she take her husband's full name?

I have reservations about our current Pope, but I like the fact that he was at odds with his own order!

Magdalene said...

Being persecuted by modernist Jesuits is a good sign. The Servant of God, Fr. John Hardon, was as well. No Jesuits came to his celebration of 50 years as a Jesuit.

Anything from a Jesuit brings with it a red flag....and this is still clearly shown the need when you look at the Jesuit schools, etc.

Gratias said...

Whether the Holy Father remains a Jesuit or Peronist in full we shall know by his actions. Regardless, we must continue to serve the Church as we did, not without effort, for the past 50 years.

In Buenos Aires Cardinal Bergoglio suppressed the application of Summorum Pontificum through the simple means of allowing only one hybrid Extraordinary Form Mass with readings from the Bugnini Novus Ordo. Once attendance fell, the EF was cancelled. Bs.As. was probably the largest Archdiocese without a single Diocesan EF mass.

Eva Ulian said...

Whatever the case maybe, be it as Pope or as Priest, Jorge Mario Bergoglio has and will have enemies because he is so much like his successor Peter and just look what happened to him. The Church is so lucky to have this unique man who has brought so much warmth, hope and light in the world as successor of Peter and what is more, the people realize this; so much so that it provokes Lucifer to rage forcibly against the dying of darkness in the world.

Don M said...

SUPPRESS the Jesuits!

Albiani said...

"we abolish and suppress this Society of Jesus ... It shall be, and FOREVER remain, valid, firm, and effective; it shall RETAIN and exercise its force fully and completely, be implicitly obeyed and entirely followed and observed by each and every person whom it concerns or in FUTURE shall concern” Dominus ac Redemptor, 21 July 1773, Pope Clement XIV.

Jesuits: operating illegally since 1773.

Haec nox est in qua primum patres said...

Albani, not so. That language is typical of Papal pronouncements of the period, but in no way limits the actions of future popes. Unless you consider every change to the Roman Missal after the editio princeps of 1570 to have been illegal?

Unknown said...

Amen Stephen! These "orders" are doing more harm in this latter age, than they ever did good at their beginning... abolish them ALL!

Modre Nebo said...

So what, that pope Francis underwent harrassment in his earlier years. Unless his trial is going to make him better pope, it's all for nothing. The artical isn't worth the paper written on.

Roberto Hope said...

Socialists of the likes of Nancy Scheper-Hughes demand Church intervention in politics when it helps them to further their socialist agenda, but deny it when the purpose is to have Christ reign over all nations. The reason for this is that socialism and communism, along with capitalism, are all supported by enormously rich, powerful and anti-Catholic international Jewry.

gabriel said...

Albiani,

Haec nox is correct: as supreme legislator of the Church, the pope may alter the decrees of previous popes, even if their language implicitly or explicitly claimed a permanent effect. The Pope cannot remove or derogate the powers or jurisdiction of the Papacy and more than one can find a married bachelor.

GQ Rep said...

It's a real violation of valid judgement to have a favorable opinion of Pope Francis I based on this one report about his difficulties with his radical liberal confrere Jesuits in Argentina during the early 1970's all the way until JP II plucked him from disgrace to become the Archbishop of Buenos Aires.

Granted, he is no fan of Liberation Theology...and that's a good thing. But I have read so many negative reports about his reign in Buenos Aires, his harrassment of Catholic traditionalists, the Latin Mass, and the SSPX...and his benign neglect regarding the corruption of priestly and religious life and the Holy Mass that I can not change an overall very nagative opioion of this Pope into a positive one based on one story which really doesn;t touch on the life of the Church.

If you had a neighbor who was abrasive, loud, opinionated, brutish, harassing towards those who had different views, treated the tradition of his family with distain but was nice to his dog....would you overlook all the negatives and like him better because he was kind to animals?

I have seen and read too much about Pope Francis to have a good opinion of him.
He recieved the radical liberal and liturgical hack Archbishop Piero Marini alone in audience yesterday. Remember him....the man who created all the improvised John Paul II circus like Masses with half naked African warriors dancing down the aisle of St. Peters and Hindu temple dancers at another Mass. Remember the horrible opening ceremony for Holy Year 2000? I was only 17, but I remember thinking it was bizarre...with JP II and his "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Raincoat" (LOL) cope.

Look for Piero Marini to have a role in the new Pontificate....unfortunatly.

benjoyce said...

speaking of Medjugorje. Pope Francis was quite please or "happy" that a bishop he met was going to Medjugorje.

In Argentina the pope's confessor was a franciscan who was very supportive of Medjugorje.

Also, a very reliable source said that the present pope visited Medjugorje in 2006

GQ Rep said...

"Also, a very reliable source said that the present pope visited Medjugorje in 2006"

Isn't this place supposed to be fake, and the "seers" really liars?

It's not me saying this...it's what I read.

Uncle Pat said...

Is it the American way? Or the South American way? To shoot first and ask questions afterwards. Surely the question has to be asked does documentary evidence exist for the allegations regarding Fr Bergoglio and his superiors? And then if it does, is it authentic? The beauty of shooting first from the hip means that the corpse can't defend itself.

Anonymous said...

The medjugorge industry (1 billion annually) is more important than people know to the whole papal intrigue of the last few months. It has been condemned by EVERY Bosnian Ordinary there! No OUTSIDE priest of the diocese there has faculties. The Bishops there DISCOURAGE tourism. It is plainly demonic. There ARE supernatural manifestations there, but NO FEET, just hooves, if you know what I mean..In January, the medjugorge-spiritists were in Rome saying they would relese secrets on Benedict if, as expected, he FORBADE, under penealty of sin, anyone promoting or promulgating it. NO FRANCISCANS THERE HAVE FACULTIES!!! Please see UNITY PUBLISHING for all relevant information. Bergoglio gave a "seer" permission to have his seance in a a Diocesan park in Argentina. JP 2 was an admirer of this fraud as well. The "gospa" demon is an ecu-maniacal fiend who has been awash in false prophecies, heresy, and promoting other notorious satanic settings and "visionaries"..The medjugorge-menace is also big on the neo-montanist heresy otherwise known as the charismatic renewal. If Benedict had stayed, and done what was expected, the gold-stamping of the last 50 years, Catholic-establishment concilliarists included, would have been impossible. Instead of searching for yet another "springtime" ad-nausea (i.e. "new evangelization")the Church's leadership would have been forced to learn real HUMILTY by desperately pleading with their children incessant "MEA CULPA, MEA CULPA, MAXIMA MEA CULPA!!" Which is what an entirely heirarchial institutional church should do by, in so many instances, failing to tend and/or feed the lambs and sheep.