Jesuit Superior General intends to retire

Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society of Jesus

We've got David Bowie playing on repeat over at TJP.  Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes!The worldwide head of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Adolfo Nicolás announced this morning that he intends to retire and will call a General Congregation for the Society of Jesus in 2016.  This announcement follows a recent trend of Church leaders whose prayer and discernment have lead them to conclude that the demands of running international organizations requires more energy than they can provide.  You can read more abo … [Read more...]

What Martyrdom Means

Fr. Frans by Tony Homsy, S.J.

Editor's Note: A Jesuit, Fr. Frans van de Lugt, S.J., was martyred in Syria one week ago. In an effort to understand what happened and what it means Paddy Gilger, S.J. wrote the following for America Magazine. The beginning of that article is excerpted here. Fr. Frans van de Lugt, S.J.—who on April 7 was shot in the head, twice, in front of his home in the city of Homs, Syria—had been living under siege for twenty months when, in January, he recorded a video message challenging the o … [Read more...]

Loving Your Enemies: Finding Mercy for Fred Phelps

Fred Phelps Sr. image courtesy Wikimedia user Nicke L.

Most of us are by now aware that Fred Phelps, Sr. has died. In his role as pastor of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church Mr. Phelps has been widely vilified, and his death even eagerly anticipated. Over at TJP's main site, and in light of Mr. Phelps death, Jason Welle asks how deep our call to love our enemies runs. Many people would like to see Fred Phelps, Sr. dead.More, they’d like him to suffer while he dies. He, along with Westboro Baptist Church that he founded, has caused real hurt a … [Read more...]

“Jesus: A Pilgrimage” — Exclusive Excerpt from Fr. James Martin’s New Book and More

Cover of Jesus: A Pilgrimage

At the main TJP site, we have an exclusive excerpt from Fr. James Martin, SJ's new Jesus: A Pilgrimage, released today: As I stood under the broiling sun, I was gobsmacked to see rocks, thorns and fertile ground. No one planted the thorn bushes, carted in topsoil or arranged the stones to make the locale look as it did in Jesus’s time, as if we were in a theme park called Jesus Land. They were just there.It dawned on me that when Jesus used objects from nature to convey his message—seeds, ro … [Read more...]

Global Catholicism: The Church is Changing, But Not How We Might Think

Image: Flickr user jon.t, via Creative Commons

And turns out, I’m not the only American guilty of solipsism in ecclesiastical matters. In fact, I’m hard pressed to find a commentator who doesn’t mention those “hot button” western cultural issues, and even more hard pressed to find any who seriously contend with Pope Francis qua churchman-from-the-global-south. … [Read more...]

A Sower Went Out to Sow: Remembering Dan Harrington, SJ

Daniel J. Harrington, SJ

Late last week, the Society of Jesus — and indeed, the Church — lost one of its great scholars of the past half-century. More than that, it lost one of its great teachers and priests.Ideally, seminaries are seed beds that yield abundant crops of ministers to broadcast the Good News.  For this to happen, the seed of the Gospel must be sown in the hearts of those people who aspire to become ministers, whether lay or ordained. Seminaries are places where this happens; places where sowers help pr … [Read more...]