Religion: Jesuit Apologetics

Intramural exchanges in the higher reaches of the Catholic Church are seldom made public. But recently, the Society of Jesus confirmed that its superior general, the Very Rev. Pedro Arrupe, had sent a letter of apology to a ranking member of the Papal Curia, Archbishop Giovanni Benelli. Arrupe's letter expressed regret for an article in the London Observer by Father Peter Hebblethwaite, S.J., editor of the English Jesuit magazine, The Month. Hebblethwaite had attacked Benelli, who is considered one of Pope Paul VI's closest confidants and advisers, as being "concerned with prestige and pomposity at a time when many Christians are...

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