Cardinal expresses anxiety over Jesuits future

Jesuits from around the world are meeting in Rome for their 35th General Congregation to elect the new superior general for the Society of Jesus.

Catholic Online reports 226 Jesuits will decide who will replace the current leader Peter-Hans Kolvenbach who is the first leader of the Society to be allowed to voluntarily retire.

A senior Vatican official has raised for discussion the distancing of the order from the "hierarchy".

Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated life Cardinal Franc Rode who opened the session on January 7, expressed his anxiety about the future of the order.

"It is with sorrow and anxiety that I see that the sentire cum ecclesia of which your founder St Ignatius frequently spoke is diminishing in some members of religious families," Cardinal Rode said.

"With sadness and anxiety I also see a growing distancing from the hierarchy. The Ignatian spirituality of apostolic service under the Roman Pontiff does not allow for this separation," he said.

The Pope is due to hold an audience with the newly elected head on February 21.

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