Society of Jesus

The Latest

Photograph of Father Luis María Roma, SJ, in the auditorium of the John XXIII boarding school in Cochabamba, Bolivia, the place where another Jesuit priest, Alfonso Pedrajas (“Padre Pica”) allegedly committed most of his abuse of minors. This image was taken there in October 2023.

Jesuits in Bolivia admit their actions were ‘disastrous’ in dealing with sexual abuse

Jun 18, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

The Jesuits of Bolivia in a June 16 statement admitted their actions were “negligent, indolent, and disastrous” in response to... Read more

As Father Julio Fernández Techera sees it, the Society of Jesus’ leadership prefers “to maintain the fiction that things are going well rather than risk recognizing the religious and apostolic decline of the society.”

Prominent Jesuit: The Society of Jesus is in ‘profound decline’

May 24, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

Father Julio Fernández Techera, SJ, rector of the Catholic University of Uruguay, has written a widely circulated, critical essay about... Read more

Father Marko Rupnik, SJ, in an interview with EWTN in 2020.

Jesuits say they warned diocese that incardinated Rupnik had complaints against him

Father Marko Rupnik’s former superior in the Society of Jesus, Father Johan Verschueren, denied that the Jesuits facilitated the incardination... Read more

Fr. Marko Ivan Rupnik, S.J., with the official image of the 10th World Meeting of Families in Rome.

Father Marco Rupnik, accused of abuse and returned to ministry: A timeline

Oct 26, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Despite having been dismissed from the Jesuit order after being accused of sexual abuse, Father Marko Rupnik has returned to... Read more

Father Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, the dean of the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University in California, speaks at a press conference Oct. 17, 2023, at the Synod on Synodality.

African Jesuit theologian believes synodality work ‘will begin’ after Rome meetings

Oct 20, 2023

By ACI Africa

Father Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, the dean of the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University, said synodality is about how... Read more

Father Marko Rupnik

Fact check: Does the Synod on Synodality website really feature artwork from Father Marko Rupnik?

Oct 6, 2023

By Daniel Payne

CNA fact-checks the claim that Father Marko Rupnik’s artwork is featured prominently by Catholic institutions, including the Synod on Synodality... Read more

Church of the Society of Jesus in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Jesuits in Bolivia call lawsuit filed by alleged sexual abuse victims ‘senseless’

Oct 4, 2023

By Diego López Marina

The lawsuit was filed on Oct. 2 by a group of former students of the John XXIII School in Bolivia... Read more


Bolivian prosecutors ask Vatican for reports on ‘irregularities’ regarding abuse scandal

Oct 3, 2023

By Julieta Villar

A prosecutor told local media that the information they are requesting are the reports provincials of the Society of Jesus... Read more


Church in Bolivia criticizes excesses of raids on Jesuits in sexual abuse cases

Aug 30, 2023

By Julieta Villar

The Bolivian bishops questioned the procedures carried out “under the rationale ... to collect evidence” in cases of alleged sexual... Read more

Facade of the Central American University (UCA), before being expropriated by the Ortega dictatorship.

Latin American Catholic college organization condemns seizure of Nicaraguan Jesuit university

Aug 28, 2023

By Walter Sánchez Silva

The organization expressed its “deep concern over the siege, the confiscation of assets, and the closure suffered by the Central... Read more

Pope Francis speaks about World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal, during his weekly Wednesday audience in the Paul VI Hall Aug. 9, 2023.

Pope Francis laments when ‘ideology replaces faith’ in segment of U.S. Catholics

Aug 28, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope’s private conversation with members of the Society of Jesus was published Aug. 28 by the Jesuit journal La... Read more

Daniel Ortega.

Nicaragua dictatorship revokes legal status of the Jesuits, confiscates all their assets

Aug 24, 2023

By Diego López Marina

The move by the dictatorship takes place amid a growing wave of harassment against the religious order. Read more

(Left) A stamp printed in Nicaragua shows the face of Casimiro Sotelo Montenegro. (right) Letters from the Central American University.

Nicaragua’s dictatorship renames university, evicts 6 Jesuits from adjacent property

Aug 22, 2023

By Diego López Marina

The Jesuits showed the officers proof of the order’s ownership but it made little difference and they were ordered to... Read more

The economic sciences building of the Central American University (UCA) in Nicaragua.

Jesuits’ superior general condemns seizure of university by Nicaragua dictatorship

Aug 18, 2023

By Ary Waldir Ramos Díaz

The superior general of the Jesuits denounced the confiscation and expressed his solidarity with the UCA, its directors, and its... Read more

Father Bernardo Mercado, the Jesuit provincial in Bolivia.

Jesuit provincial in Bolivia says he would not have entered order if he knew about abuse

Aug 17, 2023

By Julieta Villar

Father Bernardo Mercado was interviewed recently by the special commission for the investigation of sexual abuse in ecclesial environments. Read more


Prosecutor in Bolivia asks for Church’s cooperation in clerical sexual abuse cases

Jul 31, 2023

By Julieta Villar

The prosecutor for Chuquisaca asked the Archdiocese of Cochabamba for the names of the Jesuit provincials during the years 1999,... Read more

A 17th-century statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola by Spanish sculptor Juan Martínez Montañés.

How St. Ignatius of Loyola became the patron saint of soldiers 

Jul 31, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

From its beginnings, the Jesuits, as established by Ignatius and his companions, held a militaristic mindset of dedication and service... Read more

Father Marko Rupnik.

Jesuit superior blames ‘Vatican norms’ for blocking harsher penalties for Rupnik

Jul 24, 2023

By Jonathan Liedl

Famed mosaic artist Father Marko Rupnik remains a priest and could be put into ministry by a sympathetic bishop. Read more

Father Marko Rupnik

Father Marko Rupnik can no longer appeal his dismissal from the Jesuits

Jul 17, 2023

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

According to canonical norms, Rupnik had until Friday, July 14, to appeal the June 15 decision to dismiss him from... Read more

Bolivia Attorney General Juan Lanchipa.

Bolivia’s attorney general accuses Jesuits of obstructing sex abuse investigation

Jul 14, 2023

By Julieta Villar

The Bolivian attorney general’s office had received a copy of the diary from the Society of Jesus in Bolivia but... Read more