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Saturday, September 27, 2014

What can the Jesuits can do for peace?

Peace Now? How?


by the editors of America Magazine

When Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., superior general of the Society of Jesus, wrote to Jesuit provincial superiors and other advisers throughout the world about the main challenge of our time, he spoke in the spirit of Pope Francis. What, he asked, can the Society do for peace? The answers flooded in, and his reply letter to all 16,000 Jesuits worldwide was a challenge to think, pray and act.

Pope Francis recently told a crowd at an Italian war memorial, “War is madness” and said it seemed as if World War III were already being fought in a “piecemeal” fashion around the globe. A dangerous confrontation between the West and Russia simmers in Ukraine. The bombed ruins of Gaza smolder, and in Iraq ISIS tortures and kills Muslims and Christians alike with impunity.

In 1973 Father General Pedro Arrupe told his fellow Jesuits that some of them might die living a “faith that does justice.” Sixteen years later, six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter were murdered in the midst of El Salvador’s civil war. Last April Frans van der Lugt, S.J., was shot in the head in front of his home in Homs, Syria, where he had served the people as a psychotherapist and pastor for 48 years. Throughout the 20th century, in persecutions, world wars, concentration camps and violent social movements, over 300 Jesuits met death.

The letter from Father Nicholás challenged Jesuit schools to “take the risk of being wounded as Jesus was” and develop interdisciplinary programs that instill spirituality and forgiveness. But first, he said, Jesuits must achieve “reconciliation among ourselves.” Only then can the Society become a “prophetic institution that denounces the injustices that produce violence,” even unto death.


WILLIAM ATKINSON | 9/26/2014 - 4:06pm

What the society can do, especially in the fields of education, is to create in locations across the world, say SF, SL, NY, Montreal, England, Italy, Spain, Jerusalem (Ignatius's longed for that mission), Cairo, Australia, Manila, Japan, Argentina, Mexico City,; Institutes and university schools of Abrahamic studies to include Jewish, Islamic, Christian, Protestant philosophies and theologies that will bring about historical, anthropological, archeological, spiritual and religious cohesions to emerge into a world of cooperation and peace, especially in knowledge and worship.
CHRISTOPHER RUSHLAU | 9/26/2014 - 12:31pm

I'm replying, not a Jesuit myself, to the first paragraph. "If you want peace, work for law."
Holmes laughed that lawyers were getting desperate when they started talking about justice.

Gaza is a good example. If we want peace in Palestine, from the river to the sea, we need civil rights, and for that we need a law state. Israel spends a hundred times as much per capita on Jewish students as on non-Jewish ones, says the executive director of Jewish Voices for Peace. My scant research suggests a Jew (by Israel state accounting) has a hundred times better chance of getting a building permit as a non-Jew (ditto). There is no law in Israel, evidently.

Let's send a lawyer to Israel.

Where will we find one? I would send a likely candidate to the Karl Rahner School of Law, contained in two volumes, Spirit in the World and Hearers of the Word.

The essence of civil law is that people know according to the images they hold in their imaginations, and they know these images for a fact. The most deluded bigot, one could extrapolate (Karl does not like to talk about evil, but "if there were no evil people there would be no good lawyers," said Dickens), knows she is in bad conscience because the faculty by which she knows her prejudices is the same faculty by which she refuses to see the other person before her: her bigotry is her choice and she knows it is a bad one.

None of this nonsense about competing narratives.

Source: http://americamagazine.org/issue/current-comment-56

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