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.