mum's the word
By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 27, 2008
The Spanish daily El Pais supplies some background on the new Jesuit General Adolfo Nicolás Pachón. Family lore has it that Adolfo was first picked as a Pedro Arrupe avatar by none other than Arrupe himself:
Modesta Pachón died in the certainty that Adolfo, the third of her four sons, would one day lead the Society of Jesus. This was not simply the partiality of a doting mother. "Father Arrupe had said: 'Your son will succeed me'" -- so claims Felix Nicolás, a retired banker, four years older than his brother Adolfo. While the prediction did not emerge from the domestic sphere, the name Adolfo Nicolás had for some time been heard as a possible replacement for Peter-Hans Kolvenbach.
What Fr. Arrupe may have said to Fr. Kolvenbach's mother is not reported.
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