Contemplatives in Action: The Jesuit Way by William A Barry Sj, Robert J Doherty

By William A Barry Sj, Robert J Doherty

During this enlightening publication, William Barry and Robert Doherty clarify simply what makes Jesuits tick. via an exploration of Jesuit spirituality what makes it diversified from different spiritualities, even Ignatian spirituality they assist readers comprehend
this spiritual order that has performed an important position within the lifetime of members, of groups and of cultures.

They exhibit that on the middle of Jesuit spirituality lies a suite of lifegiving and artistic tensions among, for instance, companionship and challenge, obedience and studying from adventure, and middle and outer edge within the Church.

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I j j We believe that the Society after the Second Vatican Council had to grapple with the question of community life because it was problematic. Jesuits had not learned how to communicate with one another about the deeper issues of their lives . Many were shocked by the departure of men whom they considered friends, but with whom they had had little or no communication about the struggles that led to the departure . Jesuits had to redis­ cover how to be friends in the Lord . It has been a difficult and messy process , yet worth the effort.

The relationship of the Society to the papacy is a rather nuanced one, even if in its history it has been on the side of those who defended the papacy against attacks on its religious authority. Pope Clement XIV suppressed the Society ofJesus in 1773. This final indignity followed the forcible exile of all Jesuits first from Portugal and all its territories, then from France and finally from Spain and all its territories . These same countries put such intense pressure on the pope that he finally succumbed.

However, he also makes- clear that court ministers to the Bourbon kings and to the king ofPortugal hated the Jesuits for a number of reasons, but one reason espe­ cially stands out. Jesuits were staunch defenders of the papacy at a time when these countries were trying to assert their own pre­ rogatives against papal authority. In addition, they were confessors for monarchs in these coun­ tries, and thus, in the popular imagination, tied in with their poli­ cies. Recall the words of Ignatius to Diego Mir6n about disregarding his own safety for the sake of the desire to help souls, when asked to become confessor at the Spanish court.

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