Friday, December 17, 2010

Jeffrey Mirus, "The Jesuits Must Be Reformed"

One gets these annoying reminders about the Jesuits from time to time. There is the g@y friendliness of Jesuit universities, such as Georgetown (see, inter alia, our Catholic World News report from a couple of months ago, Jesuit faculty member rallies support for Georgetown gay-rights group). There is the relativism of the Order’s Black Pope (Superior General), Fr. Adolfo Nicolás (see my commentary shortly after his election, The New Jesuit Mission). Then there is the jejune Modernism of the recent book by Mark Massa, S.J.The American Catholic Revolution: How the Sixties Changed the Church Foreverwhich I documented in my review Theology by Happenstance. And there is almost exactly the same thing done on a far grander scale in Jesuit James Keenan’s new book, tellingly entitled A History of Catholic Moral Theology in the Twentieth Century: From Confessing Sins to Liberating Consciences. The brilliant (and brilliantly faithful) R. R. Reno points out just how bad this book is in the latest issue of First Things. His review is titled “A Caricature of History”.
Link (here) to the full article at Catholic Culture


J2 said...

I am so glad I found your blog!
When I tell the joke below and people don't get it...I'm going to direct them HERE!!!!

What are the 2 great mysteries of THE CHURCH?
1) What is the actual number of communities of women religious..and
2) What's on the mind of a Jesuit?

TonyD said...

I read the article at Catholic Culture wishing that I could disagree. But, other than noticing some invalid criticisms, I can't.

At the same time, I worry about the implicit assumption that current Catholic "interpretations" are absolute truth, and justify the criticism of the Jesuits.

So, in the end, I'm not convinced that the Jesuits are any worse than the Church itself. That is, the same problems of equating Man's logic with God's
judgment seems to be a common weakness.

Anonymous said...

TonyD, God has revealed himself definitively to human beings through Jesus Christ, who founded the Catholic Church and whose Spirit dwells within the Church to ensure that it faithfully hands down and teaches the truth. Catholic faith is divinely revealed; since Catholic faith has the authority of God himself behind it, it cannot be false and its truth is guaranteed.

Tancred said...

Is Mirus just figuring this out now?

TonyD said...

Anonymous 1:11,

"Teaching the truth" does not mean that all interpretations made by the Church are true. And the "authority of God" doesn't apply to everything that the Church says and does.

If you choose to believe that the Church is equivalent to God, then you should recognize your responsibility for that choice, not God's responsibility.

The Church's statements on limited infallibility should be sufficient to dissuade you from insisting that "truth is guaranteed". But even without those Church statements, the responsibility is still yours for the things you choose to believe.