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American priest expelled from Jesuit order

January 07, 2014

An American priest, Father John Dear, has been expelled from the Jesuit order.

Father Adolfo Nicolas, the superior general of the Society of Jesus, informed Father Dear that he was being dismissed from the Society because he had been “obstinately disobedient to the lawful order of superiors in a grave matter.” The American priest, who has devoted himself to peace activism, had refused an order to live in a Jesuit community, preferring to continue his own independent work.

Father Dear revealed the news of his dismissal in the National Catholic Reporter, the weekly paper for which he has been a regular columnist. The letter from Father Nicolas announcing his expulsion was actually sent last June.


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  • Posted by: jacquebquique5708 - Jan. 08, 2014 11:36 AM ET USA

    It's called lawful authority.

  • Posted by: Defender - Jan. 08, 2014 2:29 AM ET USA

    Is this what it takes? How about the many "obstinately disobedient to the" Magisterium of the Church. How about LMU, BC, Georgetown, USF, USD, etc, and the other priests in Jesuit high schools? Or is it just being disobedient to Jesuit superiors that enables a little housecleaning? If this is so, perhaps it's the superiors that need to go first, then the others.

  • Posted by: Margaret - Jan. 07, 2014 7:28 PM ET USA

    It's a good start. Unfortunately, his activities do not stand out with so many in the Jrsuit order.