Head of world's Jesuits thinks Pope will apologize to Canada's Indigenous

www.catholicregister.org | 6/7/2018 | Michael Swan, The Catholic Register
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“I am sure that Pope Francis is willing to do it,” Fr. Arturo Sosa told The Catholic Register as he wrapped up an 11-day visit to Canada on May 30. “I’m not the Pope. I’m not the bishops’ conference of Canada. But I’m sure that the moment will arrive.”

Sosa’s certainty isn’t based on his knowledge of politics (he was once professor of political science at the Catholic University of Táchira in Venezuela) or special insight into the mindset of Canadian bishops. It’s theological.

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Reconciliation has become the central and motivating theological idea in the life of every Jesuit. Reconciliation is a basic truth of Catholic faith, central to Christ’s salvation of the world. Sosa is sure the Jesuit Pope will not duck, weave or hide when it comes to any genuine opportunity for reconciliation.

“Pope Francis has been very courageous in apologizing,” Sosa said. “The last experience was about this situation in Chile (with victims of clergy sex abuse). He did that very correctly in apologizing.”

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When it comes to the world’s Indigenous people, reconciliation is a priority for the Church and the Pope, according to Sosa.

“Pope Francis, when he convoked the synod (on the Amazon) next year, he was thinking of Indigenous people. He said that very clearly in Peru,” Sosa said. “To reach the connection with First Nations in Canada is a priority — a priority that links the past with the future.”

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At the time of Sosa’s election in 2016 to head up the world’s largest male religious order, the Jesuits recast their understanding of the Church and themselves under the theological banner of reconciliation. They summed up their 36th general congregation as a “call to share God’s work of reconciliation in our broken world.”

“They (215 delegates to the 2016 global gathering of Jesuits) all arrived at the same word,” said...
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