Francis as provincial, when Paul VI warned the Jesuits about . . .

. . .  becoming a social agency or ally of political or military pursuers of justice.  From Ivereigh, Austen. The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope (Kindle Locations 2414-2423). Henry Holt and Co.. Kindle Edition.

The Society of Jesus declared itself a social justice seeker in its 32nd General Council in 1974 after the pope had warned them:

The decree had been driven . . . by a group of French-speaking Europeans and Canadians, for whom it was vital to see the struggle for justice not as something outside religion but integral to it.

For the Latin-American delegates, . . . the decree offered, . . . , little new. But [it] . . . appeared to have few safeguards against being turned into an ideology; it was the fruit of a last-minute amalgamation of two texts, and vulnerable to a selective reading.

Bergoglio [Francis] saw two risks with it: one was of forcing Jesuits into bed with political movements pursuing justice (by what other means or agency were “unjust structures” to be tackled?); the second was the loss of identity of which Pope Paul had warned.

Where did evangelization and priesthood fit in? Which came first? What stopped a Jesuit from being merely a political campaigner or social worker?

Whatever the other Latin-American delegates made of it, “Bergoglio did not have much sympathy for that Decree Four [which embraced social-justice seeking as essential],” recalls Father Swinnen [his successor as novice master at the time]. “When he was speaking to the novices he didn’t quote it.”

He took these distinctions quite seriously, Ivereigh tells us.

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