On June 20, 2019, after two years of extensive dialogue with the Board Members of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, the Archbishop Charles C. Thompson of the Archdiocese Indianapolis issued a canonical decree stating, “Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School . . . by its own selection, can no longer use the name Catholic and will no longer be identified or recognized as a Catholic institution by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, nor included in the listing of The Official Catholic Directory.” [Ref]
This rupture between the school and the Archdiocese was initiated after Brebeuf refused to comply with an archdiocesan directive that the contract of a teacher, who had entered into a civil same-sex marriage, not be renewed, stating that to do so would have been a violation of “our informed conscience on this particular matter.” In opposition to authority over schools that canon law assigns to the competent ecclesiastical authority, Brebeuf also believes that they are an independent Catholic school that is only beholden to the authority of the Society of Jesus who established them in 1962.
You know the time has come for a religious order to be suppressed [again] when they begin openly and formally advocating for Catholic school administrators, teachers, students, and parents to disobey the authority of the Church. You know when a religious order has lost its way when it publicly and formally begins teaching that private conscience has greater primacy than the magisterial teaching of the Church. You know when a religious order has abandoned the charism of its founder when it openly flaunts division and war with the Church.
Was it only during the laissez-faire and ‘make a mess of things’ papacy of Francis, where the tradition is disregarded and the dogma is winked at, could the Pope’s own religious order so casually teach Catholics that they should be more obedient to the Society of Jesus than to the actual Church that Jesus promised that the Gates of Hell would not prevail against? Was it this brand of papacy that inspired the Jesuits to begin thinking that they are bigger than the Church of Christ?
Certainly, it should come to the surprise of no one to find that on James Martin’s (the Jesuit most known to American Catholics for his own disregard of the tradition and his winking at the dogma) Facebook page that this scandal has devolved into a rallying point for homosexuals and homosexualists thanking and congratulating Brebeuf Jesuit High School and the Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus for standing up against the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
And it must cease. Brebeuf's willingness to stand with its LGBT employees, and its unwillingness to participate in the targeting of LGBT people is a necessary and courageous stance. It has been supported by the Jesuit Provincial Superior in the Midwest.— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) June 20, 2019
This is the tribalism that this scandal has taken on – us against them [the Catholic Church], gays against them [the conservatives and moralists]. I don’t know if the members of Brebeuf Board of Directors, when deciding not to be docile and to not respect the authority of the Church, knew that their decision would launch their school into the culture war against Christ and His Church, but it’s hard to believe that they didn’t have that easy foresight, given that this situation has been progressing to this point for two years.
For certain, some may view this event as a mere local kerfuffle and not even worth the tease of hyperbole, but I’m not going to dismiss this as such. For decades, the leadership of the Society of Jesus as enemies of Christ and His Church. Again and again, they affirm publicly that they simply don’t care about all the scandals they cause at their educational institutions. They don’t care that the faithful have come to believe that their charism is promoting homosexuality.
By this latest scandal, let it be known now that the Jesuits have drawn their swords against our Mother, and have rallied the unfaithful to their standard, and have shown them that there are no real consequences of being disobedient, rejecting Church teaching, rejecting canon law, or rejecting the ecclesial authorities.
For those who would like to share with the names of ‘good’ Jesuits who don’t cause scandal, I remind you that school teachers in public city-schools also talk about which kids are ‘good’; prison guards talk about which inmates are ‘good’; everyone smiles when they find a new shiny penny. You know your religious order has fallen when people have to point out which one of your members are ‘good’ as the exception.