An interview with Father General in Catalonia

During his visit to Spain, in the Catalan region, Father Arturo Sosa gave a long interview to the weekly magazine of information and religious culture Catalunya Cristiana.

After a general presentation of the Superior General, journalists Jaime Aymar and Rosa María Jané Chueca underlined the range of subjects that Fr. Sosa was able to discuss with them. They describe him as an accessible man close to the people, who takes into account both lay people and members of the religious order in his vision of the future of the Society of Jesus. According to him, the core of the Jesuits’ message today is based on reconciliation and justice.

A fair part of the discussion focused on secularization, on the freedom it can bring compared to a Church of Christendom. Father General also revisited the expression “the audacity of the improbable and the impossible”, a theme that inspired the last General Congregation during which he was elected as the head of the Jesuits. He also underlined the central place prayer has in his life, in his way of living his service. He mentioned the call to prayer that he addressed to the whole Society at a time when the Jesuits are involved in a process of choosing apostolic preferences for the years to come.

The title of the article comes from a short part of the interview in which Fr. Sosa talks about the Jesuits’ relationship with the Pope, especially with Pope Francis. “Attacks on the Pope are launched against a model of Church,” we read. The General asserts that there is an organized campaign against Pope Francis. It comes, according to him, from groups that see the Church as an institution that possesses and defends untouchable dogmas and principles. The vision of the Church of Pope Francis, inherited from Vatican II, is that of a Church at the heart of the world, carrying a faith that must respond to the changing conditions of a humanity on the move. The Pope’s “Church model” is based on his pastoral experience in the peripheries of Latin American society. The Jesuits support this approach based on the discernment of situations, those of people and those of the world.

The interview is available in its entirety, in its original Spanish version, by clicking here