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Jesuit superior rejects charges of heresy

April 10, 2017

Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, the newly elected superior general of the Society of Jesus, has brushed off charges that he engaged in heresy when he questioned the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ teachings on marriage.

In a February interview, Father Sosa had said that Christ’s teaching should be seen as reflecting a particular cultural context, and added that “no one had a tape record to take down his words.” That interview prompted formal complaints that the Jesuit leader had contradicted Catholic doctrine.

“I don’t know why so many people got mad at me,” Father Sosa said in a new interview. He denied that his intent was to undercut the meaning of Jesus’ words. “It’s exactly the opposite,” he said. “When we interpret, it’s to understand better what Jesus said directly.”


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  • Posted by: DW1506 - Jun. 02, 2017 9:59 PM ET USA

    He needs to be retired.

  • Posted by: Retired01 - Apr. 12, 2017 7:27 PM ET USA

    If he considers doctrine to be not important, Father Sosa may not be able to figure out why so many people got mad at him.

  • Posted by: claude-ccc2991 - Apr. 11, 2017 4:26 AM ET USA

    I guess the Holy Spirit that inspired Jesus and the Gospel authors is not nearly as reliable as the "holy" spirit that inspires Father Sosa.

  • Posted by: skall391825 - Apr. 11, 2017 1:46 AM ET USA

    Only under Francis could absurdities like this be permitted. Muller and the other orthodox Cardinals must act.

  • Posted by: ALC - Apr. 10, 2017 5:42 PM ET USA

    We don't need a tape recorder to accept the Bible as the Divinely inspired Word of God. We cannot change it depending on the times. That is exactly what St. Paul was teaching against when he said they taught the truth in season and out of season. Fr. Abascal wants the Bible to change according to the "season". He may want to reject the charge, but it seems to fit like a glove.

  • Posted by: wsw33410 - Apr. 10, 2017 1:48 PM ET USA

    No, Jesus was not tape-recorded ... but Sosa was, and now, caught with the pants down, he simply lies. Once Jesuits were defending Faith and Church ...