Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sunday, October 2, 2016 Set As Start Date For Jesuit General Congregation To Elect Adolfo Nicholas' Successor

Replacement for Nicholas would leave 3 living Superior Generals, 
with Kolvenbach, who retired in 2008, still alive

Jesuit superior sets date for 2016 congregation to elect his successor

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service
12.9.2014 12:00 AM ET 

ROME (CNS) -- The general congregation to elect a new superior general for the Jesuits will begin with a Mass the evening of Oct. 2, 2016, the order announced.

Last May, Father Adolfo Nicolas, the current Jesuit superior, announced his intention to resign in late 2016 after he turns 80.

Announcing the exact date for the meeting, Father Nicolas said, "It is providential that we, as a society, are beginning this journey" toward the congregation and election at the beginning of the Year of Consecrated Life.

In his letter for the year, Father Nicolas said Dec. 9, "Pope Francis expresses his hopes that religious such as ourselves might rediscover the joy of consecrated life, recover our prophetic witness that 'wakes up the world,' truly become 'experts in communion,' and go 'out of ourselves to the existential peripheries.'"

The pope, he said, "asks that all religious discern 'what it is that God and people today are asking of them.' This is precisely the kind of deep discernment we as a society are called to make."

The heads of Jesuit provinces around the world and other superiors will schedule and prepare provincial congregation meetings, which must be held before July 31, 2015, Father Nicolas said in a letter to the almost 17,000 Jesuits in the world.

Each provincial congregation of the Society of Jesus will be asked to forward to the order's Rome headquarters their response to the question: "What do we discern to be the three most important calls that the Lord makes to the whole society today?"

He urged all of the men to enter into a process of "profound and genuine spiritual discernment" about the life and mission of the Jesuits in the church and in the world today, keeping in mind Pope Francis' calls for the renewal of the entire church.

Last May, Father Nicolas told his Jesuit brothers, "I have reached the personal conviction that I should take the needed steps toward submitting my resignation to a general congregation," an idea he said he already discussed with Pope Francis, with officials at the Jesuit headquarters and with the Jesuit provincials.

Like the pope, the superior general of the Jesuits is elected for life, although the Jesuit constitutions include provisions for the superior general to resign. In 2008, Father Nicolas succeeded Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, who resigned at age 79.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Monday, May 2, 2016

Daniel Berringan S.J. Dies April 30, 2016

Well known peace activist against the U.S. military involvement in Vietnam,
who joined the Jesuit Order in 1939- was an excellent example of how the Jesuit Order's political involvement encompasses BOTH sides

Daniel Joseph Berrigan, S.J. (May 9, 1921 – April 30, 2016), was an American Jesuit priest, anti-war activist and poet.[1][2]

Like many others during the 1960s, Berrigan's active protest against the Vietnam War earned him both scorn and admiration, but it was his participation in the Catonsville Nine that made him famous.[3][4] It also landed him on the FBI's "most wanted list", on the cover of TIME magazine,[5] and in prison.[1] His own particular form of militancy and radical spirituality in the service of social and political justice was significant enough,[6] at that time, to "shape the tactics of resistance to the Vietnam War" in the United States.[1]

For the rest of his life, Berrigan remained one of the US's leading anti-war activists.[7] In 1980, he founded the Plowshares Movement, an anti-nuclear protest group, that put him back into the national spotlight.[8] He was also an award-winning and prolific author of some 50 books, a teacher, and a university educator.[1]

Early life

Berrigan was born in Virginia, Minnesota, the son of Frieda Berrigan (née Fromhart), who was of German descent, and Thomas Berrigan, a second-generation Irish Catholic and active trade union member.[9] He was the fifth of six sons.[1] His brother, fellow peace activist Philip Berrigan, was the youngest.[10]

At age 5, Berrigan's family moved to Syracuse, New York.[11] In 1946, Berrigan earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Andrew-on-Hudson, a Jesuit seminary in Hyde Park, New York.[12] In 1952 he received a master’s degree from Woodstock College in Baltimore, Maryland.[1]

Berrigan was devoted to the Catholic Church throughout his youth. He joined the Jesuits directly out of high school in 1939 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1952.[1][13]


Berrigan taught at St. Peter's Preparatory School in Jersey City from 1946 to 1949.[14]

In 1954, Berrigan was assigned to teach theology at the Jesuit Brooklyn Preparatory School. In 1957 he was appointed professor of New Testament studies at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. The same year, he won the Lamont Prize for his book of poems, Time Without Number. He developed a reputation as a religious radical, working actively against poverty and on changing the relationship between priests and lay people. While at Le Moyne, he founded its International House.[15]

From 1966 to 1970, Berrigan was the assistant director of the Cornell University United Religious Work (CURW), the umbrella organization for all religious groups on campus, including the Cornell Newman Club (later the Cornell Catholic Community), eventually becoming the group's pastor.[16]

According to The New York Times, Berrigan at one time or another held faculty positions or ran programs at Union Seminary, Loyola University in New Orleans, Columbia, Cornell, and Yale.[1] However, his longest tenure was at Fordham (a Jesuit university located in the Bronx), where he even served as their poet-in-residence, for a brief time.[1][17]

Berrigan appears briefly in the 1986 Warner Bros. film The Mission, playing a Jesuit priest. He also served as a consultant on the film.[18][19]

Protests against the Vietnam War

Berrigan, his brother and Josephite priest Philip Berrigan, and Trappist monk Thomas Merton founded an interfaith coalition against the Vietnam War, and wrote letters to major newspapers arguing for an end to the war. In 1967, Berrigan and his brother were arrested for pouring blood on draft records as part of the Baltimore Four.[21] Phillip was sentenced to six years in prison for defacing government property. This, and his belief that his support of prisoners of war during the war was not acknowledged and appreciated, further radicalized Berrigan against the United States government.[7]

Berrigan traveled to Hanoi with Howard Zinn during the Tet Offensive in January 1968 to "receive" three American airmen, the first American POWs released by the North Vietnamese since the U.S. bombing of that nation had begun.[22][23]

In 1968, he signed the Writers and Editors War Tax Protest pledge, vowing to refuse to make tax payments in protest of the Vietnam War.[24] In the same year, he was interviewed in the anti-Vietnam War documentary film In the Year of the Pig, and later that year became involved in radical non-violent protest.

Catonsville Nine

Main article: Catonsville Nine
Daniel Berrigan and his brother Philip, along with seven other Catholic protesters, used homemade napalm to destroy 378 draft files in the parking lot of the Catonsville, Maryland, draft board on May 17, 1968.[25][26][27] This group came to be known as the Catonsville Nine, who issued a statement after the incident:
We confront the Roman Catholic Church, other Christian bodies, and the synagogues of America with their silence and cowardice in the face of our country's crimes. We are convinced that the religious bureaucracy in this country is racist, is an accomplice in this war, and is hostile to the poor.[21]
Berrigan was arrested and sentenced to three years in prison,[28] but went into hiding with the help of fellow radicals prior to imprisonment. While on the run, Berrigan was interviewed for Lee Lockwood's documentary The Holy Outlaw. The FBI apprehended him at the home of William Stringfellow and sent him to prison. He was released in 1972.[29]

In retrospect, the trial of the Catonsville Nine was significant because it "altered resistance to the Vietnam War, moving activists from street protests to repeated acts of civil disobedience, including the burning of draft cards."[4] As The New York Times noted in its obituary: Berrigan's actions helped "shape the tactics of opposition to the Vietnam War."[1]

Plowshares Movement

On September 9, 1980, Berrigan, his brother Philip, and six others (the "Plowshares Eight") began the Plowshares Movement. They trespassed onto the General Electric nuclear missile facility in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, where they damaged nuclear warhead nose cones and poured blood onto documents and files. They were arrested and charged with over ten different felony and misdemeanor counts.[30] On April 10, 1990, after ten years of appeals, Berrigan's group was re-sentenced and paroled for up to 23 and 1/2 months in consideration of time already served in prison.[31] Their legal battle was re-created in Emile de Antonio's 1982 film In The King of Prussia, which starred Martin Sheen and featured appearances by the Plowshares Eight as themselves.[2]

Berrigan was still involved with the Plowshares Movement until his death.[citation needed]

Other activism

Berrigan maintained his opposition to American intervention in Central America, through the Gulf War in 1991, the Kosovo War, the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, and the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He was also an anti-abortion activist[32] and opponent of capital punishment, a contributing editor of Sojourners, and a supporter of the Occupy movement.[33][34]



APRIL 30, 2016

The Rev. Daniel J. Berrigan, a Jesuit priest and poet whose defiant protests helped shape the tactics of opposition to the Vietnam War and landed him in prison, died on Saturday in New York City. He was 94.

His death was confirmed by the Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and editor at large at America magazine, a national Catholic magazine published by Jesuits. Father Berrigan died at Murray-Weigel Hall, the Jesuit infirmary at Fordham University in the Bronx.

The United States was tearing itself apart over civil rights and the war in Southeast Asia when Father Berrigan emerged in the 1960s as an intellectual star of the Roman Catholic “new left,” articulating a view that racism and poverty, militarism and capitalist greed were interconnected pieces of the same big problem: an unjust society.

It was an essentially religious position, based on a stringent reading of the Scriptures that some called pure and others radical. But it would have explosive political consequences as Father Berrigan; his brother Philip, a Josephite priest; and their allies took their case to the streets with rising disregard for the law or their personal fortunes.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Wlodimir Ledochowski & Pope Pius XII: Creators of Nazi Horror

Wlodimir Ledochwoski S.J.

Eugenio Pacelli - Pope Pius XII

Ledochowski and Pope Pius XII; Creator Of Nazi Horrors

By James Donahue 

Wlodimir Ledochowski served as the Jesuit General and head of the Society of Jesus from 1915 until his death in 1942. In that position, he collaborated with Pope Pius XII to train Adolf Hitler as a Jesuit priest, establish Hitler as a political leader of a war-torn Germany, and then create the horrors of the Nazi movement that led the world into World War II and the purposeful slaughter by fire of millions of innocent non-Catholic citizens.

The crimes committed by Ledochowski and Pope Pius XII during that dark period of history have somehow escaped the historical record of that terrible war, even though they were the men who conceived it as a method of cleansing the world of people they perceived as “undesirable.” They saw a victory by Germany as the first major step toward a “One World Government” under Jesuit control. 

The information in this report was found in the book "The Almanac of Evil” by Frank O’Collins and collaborative writings by researcher Greg Szymanski.

Ledochowski was born to a prominent family in 1866 in Loosdorf, in what was then Lower Austria. He studied at the Jesuit Secondary School in Vienna, later studied law at the University of Crakow, and then began studies for the priesthood. He became a Jesuit in 1889, and quickly rose in rank, first as Superior of the Jesuit residence in Cracow, then Rector of the college. He gained prominence and in 1915, at the age of 49, was elected General of the Society of Jesus. The other name for that rank is "Black Pope."

In his book O'Collins levels the following indictment against Ledochowski's criminal life, with the assistance of Pope Pius XII:

--The two were instrumental in forming the National Socialist German Worker's Party, also known as the Nazi Party. The purpose of the party was to establish a pro-Catholic political party that could gain control of government, guarantee a financial pipeline for the party, and create a tool for the elimination of social reform groups that included protestants, orthodox Christians, Communists and ethnic Jews.

--Instructed Adolf Hitler to establish a paramilitary wing known as the Sturmabteilung (Storm Troopers) trained in espionage, counter intelligence, assassination and propaganda. Their purpose was to help in controlling organized protests, riots, intimidate opponents and conduct political assassinations.

--Directed Father Bernhardt Staempfle in 1924, while Hitler was in prison, to write Mein Kampf, brief Hitler on its contents, and then attribute Hitler as its author and ensure mass publication.

--In 1929 Ledochowski instructed Hitler to utilize a wing of his Storm Troopers as a special group of bodyguards and elite officers to be known as the SS. These officers would be Jesuit priests, under control of the Jesuits. In exchange the Jesuits agreed to finance the SS and introduce business and industrial interests to Germany. Heinrich Himmler, a Jesuit priest, was assigned to oversee this group.

--Ledochowski and Pope Pius XII awarded the SS officers spiritual powers of Jesuit  priests representing a supreme heresy of Catholic doctrine and faith. The officers were directed to be active in what was known as "the Final Solution," which involved human sacrifice through death camps consistent with the High Mass of Satanism.

--Pope Pius XII with the full support of Superior General Ledochowski, gave Hitler and Himmler a complete blueprint for the systematic killing of key non-Catholic minorities and the establishment of death camps for their murder. The Pope instructed that ethnic Jews and other "heretics" were to be "ritually sacrificed by being burnt alive, consistent with church law." This plan was known as "The Final Solution." Bayer, a Catholic Pharmaceutical Company, produced Zyklon-B gas for use in the camps. Victims were allegedly restrained unconscious, then taken to giant furnaces where they would wake up while being burned alive.

David Kertzer, in his book The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe," wrote that Ledochowski exhibited strong anti-Semitic and pro-Fascist tendencies," and worked to promote anti-Semitism in the Vatican and to align the Vatican with Italy's and Germany's racist and expansionist ambitions.

Ledochowski died in 1942, long before the war ended. Because of the deliberate distortion of the facts, the Pope was never tried as one of the worst mass murderers in history.