Jesuits’ new general superior supports Pope’s silent treatment of four Cardinals
Fr. Arturo Sosa Abascal of Venezuela was elected 31st General Superior of the Jesuits on October 14. His first public statement was in defense of Pope Francis, also a Jesuit.
The general of the order supports Pope Francis in his method of dealing with the Cardinals.
“[The four Cardinals] have taken the liberty in their announcement to which the Pope invited them,” he said.
Sosa Abascal insists —as Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes has done — that the discernment of the truth is somehow the democratic decision of a plurality. “In our language of Jesuits, we say that it is necessary to know the opinion of all in order to take a true communal discernment.”
At the same time, Sosa Abascal proposes only two possible justifications to explain the behavior of the Cardinals: “Of course the game has to be played loyally. If one wants a clarification because he did not understand, then we are operating in the realm of loyalty. The situation would be different if someone were to voice a calculated critique as instrument of gaining an advantage or to ask questions in order to create difficulty [for the Pope].”
Sosa Abascal therefore judges that either the Cardinals did not understand Amoris Laetitia or they are playing a vicious game against the Pope. That the text of the Post-Synodal Exhortation might be unclear or ambiguous in itself seems to not be a possibility in Sosa Abascal’s view.