UPDATE II: I am simply updating this post, because it's too hard to move all the comments on Pope Francis which have accrued since his election. One commenter found an interesting article on how then-Cardinal Bergoglio dealt with another problematic group, the Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE) that was using the support of Cardinal Sodano to undermine local authorities:
These moves by Sodano were a "great humiliation" and a "slap in the face" to the Argentine Bishops. So much so that then Cardinal Bergoglio even traveled to Rome to meet privately with Pope Benedict and express his concern over influence that Ambassador Casselli (and his ally Sodano) still had in appointing Bishops (such as the lone Argentine supporter of the IVE, Bishop Hector Aguer.) Like an excerpt from a Godfather movie, Casselli, Aguer, and Sodano coordinated together and the Sodano and Casselli families even had close economic ties.
This may be unrelated, but the broad brushstrokes (and personalities) are the same. That might lead one to conclude that the new Pope is no pushover, nor a stranger to these sorts of games.
AnonObserv has some trenchant thoughts in the combox as well:
Well let me at least put in that as far as possible moves of Pope Francis, I doubt he will radically undo what has been done thus far with the LC, i.e. the program of a renewal without a dissolution/re-foundation etc.. but he does have an opportunity to bring about some radical shifts in what still remains which is the completion of the constitutions that preempts the General Chapter to come in a year or two. Some ideas of what an experience provincial and novice master may consider:
1. He would clearly know from his lived experience that the appointment of Provincial by a Superior General rather than electing them creates an institutional environment of cronyism, hyper-centralization of authority, and the consequent cult-like paternalism of the great spiritual father the person of the director general is to be for all. I have many places pointed out how AC assumed this persona, and Fr. Sylvester is following in perfect step..
2. He will know what passes for valid spirituality and what does not. A founder-less, and a-historical foundation that has no integral witness behind it, with only rules and abstract mottoes of seemingly a bunch of Jesuit wannabes, must look awfully empty to him once you get beyond the doting papal subservience and peacock display of youth.
3. The new Pope will have the opportunity to define the apostolic charism of the LCs, and even more precisely what is "the work with leaders." The Jesuits have labored in this vineyard before- they know where the sophisms are. They know the conflict of a pretended elitism vs the Christ-like witness of humble service incumbent upon any religious. One can perhaps even say their participation in the Theology of Liberation may have been simply a misguided effort to reconcile a conflict that the LCs have yet to identify. And this theme is still very much in the press with the scandal of the Mee fortune.
We do have some evidence that the LC website only notes the name of the founding ordinary of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Quarracino. No note of Bergoglio has been made even though he did permit them a school which in some ways was tied to a Mano Amiga program that followed shortly after. This suggests the relationship was not a warm one.
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