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a funny feeling

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 19, 2008

Prior to his election as superior general of the Jesuits, Father Adolfo Nicolas admitted to an uneasy feeling about the Society of Jesus:

I have a feeling, still imprecise and difficult to define, that there is something important in our religious life that needs attention and is not getting it.

That's interesting. Some other people seem to be trying to communicate their own misgivings.

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 21, 2008 4:53 PM ET USA

    Asian religions have good points, but they are difficient in supernatural inspiration. Fr. Nicholas toiled in the Asian field along with other good men. The fruits of their labor should be conversions to the Holy Roman Catholic Church. Those converts should be grounded in the tenents of that Church. Fr. Nicholas should lead the Order back into true conformity with the Church's teaching. A this point it is somewhat like the Jesuits issue a statement:We have met the enemy. He is us.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 19, 2008 4:33 PM ET USA

    Fr. Kelly (click on people) makes one rather debatable comment: "The Church, as we know, is a vulnerable community." One wonders if he has ever read Matthew 16:18.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 19, 2008 4:26 PM ET USA

    The chap is a real navel gazer if this story is representative of his philosophy: Here's a gem "The question is how to give the Ignatian experience to a Buddhist’, he (Nicolas) says. ‘Not maybe formulated in Christian terms, which is what Ignatius asked, but to go to the core of the experience. What happens to a person that goes through a number of exercises that really turn a person inside-out. This is still for us a big challenge." Can't let Christianity get in the way of those core insights now, can we?

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