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It is not uncommon to hear, in traditional-Catholic circles, that the Jesuit order has, as a whole, shifted towards the “liberal” end of the Catholic spectrum in the last 60+ years, with many individual Jesuits seemingly mired deep in heterodoxy, if not heresy (e.g. Fr. Roger Haight, SJ). There are obvious exceptions to this, e.g. Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ; Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ; and Fr. John Hardon, SJ.
Does anyone here know of a book or article or essay that takes a “big picture” look at the direction the Jesuits have taken in recent decades, and the related controversies that have surrounded not a few Jesuit theologians?
Thanks for your help.
In the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
IC XC NIKA
Are the Jesuits Catholic?
A review of “Passionate Uncertainty.”
THE TRAJECTORY of the decline is not hard to trace, and the Jesuit story, though more dramatic, differs little from that of other progressive religious orders in the decades following the Second Vatican Council. Liberalism had been seen to foster tolerance and mutual respect in pluralist secular communities. Yet, being purely negative in content and procedural in application, it proved lethal when imported into an intentional association like the Society of Jesus, one both doctrinally exclusivist and rigidly hierarchical. Almost overnight the pope’s light infantry became a battalion in which every man decided for himself which war he was fighting. The result was an institutional nightmare: confusion and cowardice at the top; despair, rage, and disillusionment in the ranks. American Jesuits went from 8,400 members in 1965 to 3,500 today. Entering novices declined from a peak one-year total of 409 to a low of 38. Worse, the number of priests who jump ship each year roughly equals the number of entering novices; the number of Jesuits who die annually is twice as high as either.