The Black Pope – Part One

I have seen half the earth desolated. Were there but an Adam & Eve left in every country,The Black Pope - Part One Articles & left free, it would be better than it now is… The liberty of the whole earth was depending on the issue of the contest.’ – Thomas Jefferson” (4)

COUNT PETER-HANS KOLVENBACH: – Also known as the ‘Black Pope’, he heads the army of technocratic and theocratic Jesuits which some people think is the top rung on the power structure which controls the New World Order. I do not buy that in its entirety but they are an important second tier group and he may well be part of the group above the Jesuits like Weishaupt, or the current Pope. Here is his first formal message to the world; I think it speaks volumes, if you like double talk.

“Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., has been Superior General of the Society of Jesus since 1983. This is his first letter to all Jesuits world-wide in this new millennium. It is also his first to have been distributed on the WWW.

On the Social Apostolate 2000/02
Dear Fathers and Brothers, the peace of Christ!

1. A few weeks after the opening of the Holy Door, I would like to recall that the Great Jubilee of 2000, like every jubilee, is a summons on the part of our Creator and Saviour to re-establish lost harmony and to advance in social justice. The loud trumpet – the yôbel – which sounded to open the holy year, called every injustice into question and gave hope to the poor! When Jesus begins to preach the good news, his anointing and mission are ‘to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’ Now Pope John Paul II has reactivated the age-old purpose of the jubilee to restore this social justice. ‘The social doctrine of the Church, which has always been a part of Church teaching and which has developed greatly in the last century, particularly after the Encyclical Rerum Novarum, is rooted in the tradition of the jubilee year.’

2. To be converted to this social dimension of faith, which pervades the biblical tradition and the Gospels, the Father also calls the Society of Jesus anew. From its very earliest origins, the preferential option for the poor, assuming various forms according to times and places, has marked the whole history of the Society. With his powerful Instruction of fifty years ago, Father Jean-Baptiste Janssens oriented the Jesuit social apostolate ‘to procure for as many men as possible, or rather, in so far as conditions permit for all men, an abundance of both temporal and spiritual goods even in the natural order, or at least that sufficiency which man of his very nature needs that he may not feel depressed or looked down upon.’

Father Pedro Arrupe took up this apostolic orientation passionately and based it solidly upon the thoroughly evangelical relationship between social justice, as well defined by his predecessor, and the new commandment of love – so new as to need a new word, namely, agape. A social justice integrated with the great commandment of love is always intended by the General Congregations. ‘The social justice we are called to is part of that justice of the Gospel which is the embodiment of God’s love and saving mercy.’ health and social care