The enemies of the Church wait in the shadows

The enemies of the Church wait in the shadows

The Jesuits, as a whole, are not merely a religious order full of men who dissent from Church teaching, but is full of men who hated Pope John Paul. Dos that sound like an overly harsh assessment? It comes from none other than a Jesuit priest who has been a member of the order for 28 years, who is one of the few who are not Wojtyla haters.

Fr. Paul Mankowski gives evidence, not only of hatred for the late Pontiff, but of inaction by Jesuit superiors against those who publicly denigrated him.

Diogenes has cited a remark made by a Jesuit on the day of the attempt on the Pope’s life in May 1981. Fr. Cyril Barrett, S.J. (“in a bellow that filled a London restaurant”), said of the failed assassin Mehmet Ali Agca, “The only thing wrong with that bloody Turk was that he couldn’t shoot straight!” Note that this is not the language of passionate disagreement, this is hatred, pure and simple. But the key point is not Barrett’s malice, nor even his Sindormant. We must remain vigilant against those who are biding their time, hoping that the next Pope will be more amenable to their poisons.

  • Since my blog is usually about politics and I don’t normally “get religious” too often, my reflection about the pope just before he died ended up being about this very topic.  For the record (as I recall), Prof. Vidal was an ally of the order, if not actually Jesuit trained.  No surprise there.

  • I would urge caution when you read lists of papabile. Some of the lists I have read have some strange inclusions, and I think even Magister here has leapt to a conclusion regarding Bergoglio that not everyone shares.

  • I was watching Fox & Friends this morning.  They had a priest from NY (Msgr. Franco, if I got his name right).  E.D. (I thnk) tried to get him to talk about what happens next, how the next pope is selected, who it might be, etc.  Well, he evidently wanted no part of it – he started out with a history lesson (really just a lot of “blah blah blah”) to distract her and then launched into a few personal JP stories.  I almost laughed myself silly watching him redirect and then dominate the conversation, and I sez to myself, “Way to go, Monsignor.”

    I got the impression he felt it’s not time yet to “select” the next pope, and I tend to agree.  The media’s obsession with that question seems too vulture-like.  The focus now really should be on John Paul; all the “papa bulls” can wait till after Friday. 

  • So, Dom, you don’t think Bergoglio satisfies the “glory of the olive” prediction??  Just kidding.  I am not that familiar with the qualities of some of those candidates whose names you hear mentioned – from the third world esp., so I was looking up a few.  From the knowledge of others here, does anyone know which personalities have shown that good connection with the youth (still necessary) or backer of the young institutes?  Hey, Bergoglio could cover both the third world and an Italian connection!  Doesn’t seem to like to travel though – but then, he doesn’t like to publicly give talks, but appears to handle that well when asked.

  • Father Edward T. Oakes, SJ, has been comissioned by Crisis magazine to write a piece on our Holy Father, of happy memory.  I saw a pre-edited copy, and it is great.

    The decline of the Jesuits is one of the most tragic stories of our times.

    Does Father Mankowski regularly comment for Off the Record or CWNews?  I love his work, but haven’t found much of it.