Amoris Laetitia: New Jesuit General Defends Pope on “Dubia” of the Four Cardinals

Amoris Laetitia: New Jesuit General Defends Pope on “Dubia” of the Four Cardinals

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Trans: Tancred
11/29/16

While Pope Francis continues his silence, the Jesuit General has commented on the Dubia (doubts), the controversial post-synodal Letter Amoris laetitia of four cardinals Brandmüller, Burke, Caffarra and Meisner.

On 14 October, Arturo Sosa Abascal was selected 31 Superior General of the Jesuits. The Venezuelan Jesuit has now entered into the public for the first time and does so with a defense of Pope Francis, who also belongs to the Jesuit Order.

So far, the new “Black General”, as the Father General of the Jesuits is also called, has only been known for statements from the distant past. This includes primarily an essay on “the Marxist mediation of the Christian faith” from 1978. Whether he meant, or perhaps still thinks that the Communists “think as Christians think” is not known. At least it resembles Pope Francis, according to the recent interview with Eugenio Scalfari, on November 11 published by La Repubblica.

The Superior General of the Jesuits was interviewed by the Vaticanist Luigi Accattoli for the weekly supplement La Lettura the Corriere della Sera which appeared yesterday. “We can not resign ourselves to this world of injustice,” the title says, referring to a quotation from the 31st Jesuit General. In the interview, the 68-year-old Venezuelan also explains “the roots of the new mission of the Church”.

The Cardinals have either not understood the pope, or …

Iinterview with P. Sosa Abascal (Corriere della Sera)

The new Superior General has entered the dispute about the confusion surrounding Amoris laetitia to help the beleaguered pope. The support is doubly anchored. The reigning pope himself is Jesuit. His Order is also bound by a fourth, special vow of loyalty and obedience to the Pope. The Jesuits form a kind of praetorian guard of the first Jesuit of the Church’s history, who sits on the papal throne.

What the Jesuit General Sosa Abascal says of the Dubia of the four cardinals, should reflect on the matter, should reflect what the Pope thinks about it. Father Sosa admits only three possibilities of which there is no room for papal self-criticism: the Cardinals either did not understand the pope, or they were playing an evil game. If there is “ambiguity” in some passages of the Pontifical Letter Amoris laetitia, which could be the reason for the confusion and conflicting interpretations of the past few months, Sosa Absacal can not detect it.

Luigi Accatoli: What do you think of the letter of the four cardinals, including the Italian Carlo Caffarra, who asked the Pope to clarify five “doubts” on the letter Amoris laetitia? Francis has not yet replied, and they have published the letter. Are you concerned about these developments?

Arturo Sosa Abascal: I’m not worried. These four have taken the liberty of the word to which the Pope had invited them to do. I like this happening. In our language, as Jesuits, it is said that it is necessary to know the opinions of all in order to make a real distinction. Of course, the game must be loyal, if someone asks for clarification, because he has not understood, we move within the framework of loyalty. It would be different if someone used the criticism as a tool for an advantage, or asking questions cause trouble.”

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