Cardinal Angelo de Donatis, the vicar of Rome, has approved a request by the Society of Jesus to open a sainthood cause for Father Pedro Arrupe, SJ (1907-1991) who served as Jesuit superior general from 1965 to 1983.
Even Time magazine (January 2008) had to admit that Arrupe’s reign was marked by “progressive challenges to the Church establishment, including clashes with both Paul VI and John Paul II” and by leftist activism from the anti-war movement in the U.S. in the 1960s to the liberation theology.
The Jesuits under Arrupe dissented from Catholic doctrine on issues like the nature of the priesthood, the necessity of the Catholic Church and the acceptance of homosexuality.
Pope. An interview with author George Neumayr
Maike Hickson: You report that, while in Argentina as a younger priest, then-Father Bergoglio was close to the Jesuit General Superior, Fr. Pedro Arrupe who himself opened up the Jesuit Order to socialist ideas. Could you explain this thesis a little more?
George Neumayr: He was a protege of Arrupe, who identified Bergoglio as a rising liberal star in the order. That is why he made him a provincial at the age of 36. Arrupe presided over the order during its most intense period of liberalization and used Bergoglio as a liberal enforcer at the infamous worldwide gathering of Jesuits in 1975 that sealed the order's socialist and modernist direction.
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