If you have ever had the opportunity to visit Some Wear Clerics, you may have noticed that there is a particular list entitled "The List that Dear Not Speak its Name." This is only its current incarnation. In the past it has also gone by "Jesuit Honor Roll," "Old Fashioned St. Ignatius Jesuits" and according to its underground title, "The Black List." There are many things that disturb us about such a list, namely its extremely ambiguous criteria.
We have known quite a few Jesuits who belong on this list, and there are some Jesuits who are on this list that don't belong - that is, if we actually understand what Karen is trying to do. Whatever the case may be, if she simply called it, "Jesuits I Like," that would be fine. But because she seeks to label these Jesuits as if they were ones that St. Ignatius would like (and so ones that Arrupe and other liberals would dislike by implication), we would like to show that for the most part the Society of Jesus disagrees with any such naming. It transcends the artificial boundaries set up by Karen and such useless and subjectively artificial boundaries are neither helpful to the charity that Ignatius made paramount to his way of life, nor to the readers of her blog, nor finally and especially to many of the Jesuits on this list who I know would be appalled there to find their names inscribed.
Why don't we go through some of these Jesuits and see how marginalized or "Old Fashioned" or "unspeakable" they really are:
Fr. C.A. Leininger: Former high school principal; Socius under two provincials (Socius is Jesuit-speak for chief of staff)
Fr. Raymond Fitzgerald: Current Socius of the New Orleans Province
Fr. Richard Hermes: Future President of Jesuit High School, Tampa
Fr. Norris Clarke: Retired professor of Philosophy at Fordham University; affinity for Buddhist spirituality; not particularly fond of the leadership style of John Paul II, who he considered too heavy-handed; considered to be a mainstream Jesuit
Fr. Raymond Gawronwski: Raised a hippie; experienced a conversion, became a Jesuit, and continues to practice daily zen meditation (very Arrupean)
Fr. Joseph Koterski: Former chair of the Philosophy department at Fordham University
Fr. Thomas King: Proponent and expert on the scientific and theological views of Teilhard de Chardin (well known for his orthodoxy). Needless to say, many on the "list" would not share Father King's positive views toward "Christogenesis."
Fr. Mitch Pacwa: Influential host and producer at EWTN; considered to be a mainstream Jesuit who is not ostracized from his superiors or fellow Jesuits
Avery Cardinal Dulles: Definitely a name that dare not be spoken!
Fr. John Kavanaugh: Monthly contributor to America magazine; outspoken critic of both Iraq wars, lassaiz faire capitalism, and George Weigel and company; outspoken critic of both political parties and the current American political scene; see Following Christ in a Consumer Society and Who Count as Persons for the juicy details.
Fr. Robert Spitzer: President of Gonzaga University; controversially flew to New York to see the performance of the Vagina Monologues and deemed that it did not contain anything contrary to Catholic doctrine.
Let us preemptively respond to some possible criticisms: 1) the main goal of this post is to point out the flaw in Karen's argument that "Old Fashioned St. Ignatius" Jesuits are somehow exiled from power in the Society, 2) the secondary goal is to point out that Karen is sometimes actually wrong (gasp!) and that some of the "Old Fashioned" Jesuits she lists are actually "Pedro Arrupe" Jesuits, 3) yes, many of the men listed (including Frs. Oakes, Baker and Schall to name a few) would not be considered mainstream Jesuits as compared to their Jesuit peers, but these men continue to publish their orthodox views freely without interference from supposed "liberal" superiors.
Markel, SJ & Mason Slidell