The Jesuits

R, Francis X. Murphy, C.SS.

WITH MALICE AFORETHOUGHT TIEIESUITS THE SOCIETY OF JESUS AND THE BETRAYAL OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Malachi Martin Linden Pros /Simon and Schaster, $19.95, 525 pp. Trcmcis X. Murphy In...

...Martin describes this as a violent backand- forther in which the pope and the archbishop almost hysterically demanded Arrupe's immediate resignation and in which the mild-mannered Jesuit obstinately refused...
...Pedro Arrupe, removed from the office of Superior General by the direct intervention of Pope John Paul II...
...Arthur McGovern of supporting the Marxist class struggle...
...Martin does recognize the surprising fact that when the pope interfered in the Society's governance by removing Fr...
...In dealing with the current offering, there comes to mind the English Jesuit...
...In each instance, he distorts the significance of the pursuit of the ideals of Vatican II by these Jesuit thinkers and activists...
...Roman reaction was far from complacent...
...Some nine thousand clerics left the Society...
...What is so exasperating about his pursuit of this mendacious thesis is the fact that writing about the origin of the Society and the lgnatian concept...
...He credits the breakdown of Jesuit loyalty to the Holy Father to the attitude of Fr...
...James O'Malley of attempting to destroy the basis of religious truth...
...Vatican II had encouraged the religious orders to update their constitutions by accommodating their evangelization efforts to the needs of today's world, while returning to the spiritual fervor of their founders...
...Instead of indulging asaeva indignatio based on fact that could have given the book Jesuitical panache, he provides a mendacious and repetitious scurrility Caveat lector...
...Archbishop Giovanni Benelli, read the General a dressing-down for his failure to control the delegates who favored a reorganization of the Society's structure...
...Arrupe toward the end of the 1974-75 Congregation in which the Holy Father had his assistant...
...A man well acquainted with Roman ways, he immediately undertook to implement what Malachi Martin derisively terms Arrupism...
...Paolo Dezza, he discovered that "blood is thicker than water...
...Instead, he calumniates most of the actors in the present dramatic happenings...
...Typical of the esprit of the Society, when some 1200 delegates assembled in Rome for the 1983 Congregation to elect a new Superior General, on the first ballot without previous caucusing, they selected a Dutch Jesuit, Fr...
...In the overall picture, Malachi Martin touches on practically all the major problems troubling the church and the Society today and manages to misrepresent both actors and situations with careless abandon...
...It led to his summoning Fr...
...He accuses Arrupe and his cohorts of supporting liberation theology despite, in his opinion, its condemnation by Cardinal Ratzinger and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith...
...Within the Society itself there were threats of secession from Arrupe's control...
...and in Pope Paul's address'es to the Society, he frequently issued rather harsh admonitions...
...Martin has no love for the eminent German Jesuit, Karl Rahner (recently deceased...
...In so doing they had the fullest encouragement of their Superior General, Fr...
...It had turned him into an "apostle of the absolute" who preached an "Ignatian radicalism...
...Alvaro Arguello of equating Christianity and political upheaval...
...nor docs he have much respect for Pope Paul whom he describes as "tearful, fearful, and indecisive...
...Martin is at times devoutly illuminating in his appraisal of Jesuit spirituality and the earlier history of the Company...
...Dezza did his best to protect the Arrupian image...
...Pedro Arrupc, whose Christian commitment had been annealed by his apocalyptic experience of the atom bomb at Hiroshima...
...Instead of the house-cleaning that everyone expected...
...Despite their special vow of obedience to the pope...
...10 April 1987: 221...
...There"s a major error on every page," wrote the erudite Jesuit and, when challenged, proved it...
...The book begins with the assertion: "A state of war exists between the papacy and the religious Order of the Jesuits...
...one is tempted to wonder whether the MM...
...and Fr...
...One of Martin's more annoying inventions is his verbatim descriptions of scenes and discussions in the inner sanctum of the Vatican or the higher echelons of Jesuit government...
...Martin indicts Modernism the attempt to update the church's perennial teachings in the spirit of the age as the principal enemy perverting the postconciliar church...
...James Carney with revolutionary idealism...
...Luis Segondo of supplying Fr...
...Peter 220: Commonweal Hans Kolvenbach as their new leader...
...Robert Drinan of supporting the pro-choice position on abortion...
...With malice aforethought, Martin sets out to denigrate the Society of Jesus...
...He feels that John Paul II "reigns but does not govern'' because of his failure to curb Jesuit rebellion ruthlessly...
...In their 1974-75 Congregation or revisionary caucus, the Jesuits turned their attention to the "option for the poor," meaning the pursuit of justice and human rights as a principal objective of their evangelization efforts...
...Arrupe for a dressing-down...
...He credits the Fnglish Jesuit, George Tyrrell and the French speculative theologian, Teilhard de Chardin, as well as a cabal of Jesuits including the present leadership with pursuing this objective despite the opposition of the popes and the Vatican curia...
...Arrupe from office and substituting the seventy-nine-year-old, semi-blind Fr...
...There has always been room in the church for tension between the papacy and the religious orders...
...He recreates the session between Pope Paul and Fr...
...Trcmcis X. Murphy In an attempt to do justice to Malachi Martin's The Jesuits...
...Jesuit history is full of tug-o'-wars between the Society and the Holy Father Malachi Martin's circuitous depiction of the current struggles between the Society and both Popes Paul VI and John Paul II does little justice to the present difficulties...
...As was said of one of his previous books, Malachi Martin could not have been the author since he knew so much better...
...At the same time, Jesuits around the world were engaged in new approaches to theology, new adventures in religious life, new directions in their apostolates Not all these pursuits were prudent or spiritually valid...
...and when, at the 1974-75 Congregation, the fourth vow of obedience to the Holy Father was challenged as giving rise to an elite group within the Society some 30 or 40 percent of the priests who were then available for positions as superiors the attempt to democratize the Society's hierarchical structure met with strenuous opposition from Pope Paul...
...of the dust jacket is the Irish ex-Jesuit novelist and semiticist who, during the first session of Vatican II, served as Cardinal Agostino Bea's English language aide...
...No such exchange took place...
...Herbert Thurston's review of a book on the medieval church by a renowned English historian, G.C...
...Item: He accuses Fr...
...He describes, for example, a fictitious seance of seven curial cardinals discussing the advisability of suppressing the Society altogether...
...Coulton...
...Item: Of Pope Paul he says: "His churchly institution is split by heresy and schism and seems to be out of control...
...With the post-conciliar exodus of priests from the ministry, many to marry, Jesuits proved as volatile as others...
...Discarding the historical method to which he was surely exposed in his study of Semitic languages at Louvain, Martin joins the new breed of mischief-makers writing about the Catholic church that runs from the Vatican Connection and 10 April 1987: 219 the Popessa to Pontiff and In the Same of God a scries of irresponsible "exposes" of recent church happenings concocted of inaccuracies, falsifications, unverifiable quotations, and juvenile imaginings that masquerade as truth and historical fact...

Vol. 114 • April 1987 • No. 7


 
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