Ok, let’s separate ourselves from the fact that Pope Francis is a Jesuit for a moment.
When I first began my discernment, I looked first to the Jesuits, not my diocese. The Order had such a long and venerable history. Born out of the practices of Ignatius Loyola during the Counter-Reformation, Jesuits were known for high intellect and religious orthodoxy.
Upon further investigation, I learned what became of the Jesuits. In the current day, not to discount those Jesuits maintain the above values, the vast majority of the members in the Society of Jesus are so progressive about everything, they barely resemble the Society of Jesus that was present only a 100 years ago.
For example, I attend a Jesuit University. Recently, across the campus ministry bulletin boards, a particular Jesuit priest in the area was being advertised as offering paths to spiritual enlightenment through the practice of Zen Buddhism. This particular Jesuit was known not only as Fr. “X”, but also as “Roshi” which is the title for a highly advanced Buddhist practitioner. In case you think this is some crazy conspiracy thing, this is the link to his some of his information: kennedyzen.tripod.com/
My question is how did this happen?? I would love to have joined the Jesuits of 50-100 years ago. I would never consider entering the Jesuits now.