Roman Catholics: Renewal Among the Jesuits

The Society of Jesus, goes an old Jesuit joke, is "a monarchy limited only by the incompetence of its superiors and the insubordination of their subjects."

Since the death last October of the Very Rev. John Baptist Janssens, the world's 36,000 mostly competent, disciplined and obedient Jesuits have had no monarch. This week 224 priestly delegates from the Roman Catholic Church's most influential order are meeting in Rome to choose their 28th Father General and to discuss ways of applying the Vatican Council's spirit of renewal to the remarkable company of men founded...