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A Jesuit, or a Catholic?

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 16, 2005

The Boston Globe, still determined to convince its readers that the resignation of a Catholic magazine editor is cause for deep concern, carries side-by-side op-ed columns on the Thomas Reese Affair. There is a characteristically sensible piece by Father Richard John Neuhaus, and a fuzzier piece by the chairman of the theology department at Boston College. Their disagreement really isn't over the case of Father Reese; there's a larger principle at stake.

Building his argument, Father Neuhaus writes:

A Catholic magazine -- and it should be obvious that a Jesuit magazine is Catholic --

Let's stop there. Yes, it should be obvious. But it isn't. And what's true for America magazine is true for Jesuit-run Boston College. The theology chairman quotes with approval the words of that university's president:

We are not directly linked to the Vatican...

You can say that again, Father Leahy. And I'm sure you will.

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  • Posted by: BostonBlackey - May. 17, 2005 7:57 PM ET USA

    As a 1968 graduate of BC, I usually tell folks that I went to BC when it was still a Catholic College. Philosophy and Thelogy were as important as anything you studied in your major field of studies. In those days I was proud to be a student at a Jesuit University. Today I have to explain it.

  • Posted by: - May. 17, 2005 7:56 PM ET USA

    It's sad but the Order is self destructing all by themselves. They are at best becoming a "marginal" player in the Church. When they spout their craziness; people now just raise their eyes and say, "Not again!"

  • Posted by: Cantor Rich - May. 17, 2005 12:22 AM ET USA

    'humbly and courageously'...hmm. Well, methinks that the humility is sadly lacking.

  • Posted by: Ignacio177 - May. 16, 2005 2:54 PM ET USA

    continued... be a city on a hill, a light to the nations. Gadamer says that there are no presupositonless starting points. What are the presupositons of the decision makers? Where do they stand? From within their secular science and judge the sacred, o from within the sacred and judge the science. Some people have gradually forgotten to do their examen of conscience beginning about 1947.

  • Posted by: Ignacio177 - May. 16, 2005 2:46 PM ET USA

    Himes is not a Jesuit and so did not take vows in the Society of Jesus, Leahy took vows, but it seems that Neuhaus lives them, or at least the 4th vow of obedience to the Roman Pontiff. Pre WWII Jesuit universities had no problem with loyalty and fidelity to the Church. Sometime after the war the desire to minister to and in a secular academic world slipped into a gradual distancing from the sacred. The desire to be accepted by secular peers and grow in size and prestige suplanted the desire

  • Posted by: - May. 16, 2005 9:18 AM ET USA

    Interesting how the Jesuits have morphed from the Pope's loyal troops of the counterreformation, to an organization "not directly linked" to the Vatican. The Holy Father should give the order about 6 months to clean house, or else . . . .

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