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Monday, May 29, 2006

Are we prepared for a non-Jesuit president?

Are we prepared for a non-Jesuit president at Marquette University? Why not, we have had at least two of them in a row in recent years.

St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, provided a very detailed description of what is took to be a Jesuit. Let's perform a little review to see how Fr. Robert Wilde, present president is doing...

Basically, St. Ignatius laid down eight rules for all Jebbies:

1) The Jesuits were to be at the disposal of the pope.

Does much need to be said here? Maguire as a professor; Martini on condoms; enculturation; liberation theology; on and on and on... FYI for MU, hiring Fr. Bryan Massingale is just liberation theology warmed over!

2) They were to go wherever he ordered them to go to save souls.

Most Jesuits seem to exempt themselves from places like abortion clinics; classes on the Catechism; and the confessional.

3) They were never to accept a bishopric etc. Unless the pope ordered it.

Oh, how Benedict XVI is gritting his teeth over his predecessor's appointment and elevation of Cardinal Martini.

4) They were to wear no special habit.

Gentlemen, it says "no special habit", not no habit at all. Didn't you guys actually invent what is now called the Roman collar? Alas, there are the habits of Fr. Thon, Fr. Schultenover, Fr. Hughson, Fr. Rossi, yada, yada, yada. That is just one department. (OK, I have to add two of the four Jesuits in campus ministry.)

5) There were to be no special mortification├â┬é’s, e.g. no fasting without a medical report.

Ok, they have one in eight down pat.

6) They were excused from communal prayer and masses.

Thank the Lord for this, since so many of their masses have been of questionable validity anyways.

7) All members were to take the three traditional monastic vows. An elite would take a fourth vow of direct obedience to the pope if he sent them on a foreign mission.

OK, figure this one out...I am told that the Jesuit leadership has, on the one hand, refused to allow Fr. Fessio to take fourth vows, but allows just about any university president who hosts the Vagina Monologues to mouth the worlds of "direct obedience." Hmm, a little Jesuitic logic at work there?

8) Faith was to be spread by preaching, spiritual exercises, charity and education in Christianity.

Is there any faith left on our Jesuit campuses?

All in all some should let Archbishop Dolan know that there has already been a non-Jesuit as president of Marquette. Even if he is a member of the order.

Mike

P.S. Rumor has it that there is floating around a rather snide "handicapping" of priests for the possibility of auxiliary bishop. It seems some of our esteemed priests are tearing down their brethen pretty harshly. I am trying to get a priest to share a copy. Nothing yet, but I can only expect the worst.

3 Comments:

Blogger Terrence Berres said...

Shouldn't that be a capital C in "camus ministry".

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 6:23:00 AM  
Blogger Terrence Berres said...

Campus ministry wouldn't account for the self-proclaimed existentialists among 1970s alumni.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 8:34:00 AM  
Blogger Mike, the Faithful Catholic said...

Yes, but given time to do a spell check, at least I look smarter than many a MU grad.

Mike

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 10:00:00 AM  

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