Today being the Memorial of St. Ignatius of Loyola I thought I would engage in some Jesuit hugging vice bashing today. To be reminded that we shouldn’t be surprised by the negative attention Jesuits get in the Main Stream Media. We should expect that the media would prop up and constantly write about those Jesuits that are less than faithful to the Magisterium. They get more than their 15 minutes of fame precisely for their willingness to go along with the culture and not that there are exceptionally eloquent speakers for the faith. The media is not about to go looking for faithful Jesuits to get their opinions, but are sure to have on speed-dial those that will bolster their own opinions.
I would like to highlight one Jesuit today that I know. At my parish there use to be Jesuit by the name of Richard J. Powers who is helping out parishes in my diocese. He later moved on to help out another parish in my diocese. I came to somewhat know him while going through RCIA since he was involved in it. He is the type of priest who would get his dander up when he would see a article in the diocesan that was less than orthodox. Once when seeing an article suggesting that Satan could repent he was quite upset about it for not only its heterodox view, but that it would lead people into a theological error. He is a Jesuit who would find the term "creative orthodoxy" offensive and was not wishy-washy in any way when it comes to the faith. He is also quite a character and very fun to listen to. You always knew his opinion on a subject and it was not obscured by layers and layers on nuance that would render it incomprehensible.
I remember a story my pastor Fr. Leon told me about him when he first came to the parish that I found pretty funny. Before that time Fr. Powers had never been in a situation where he would need to go out shopping for food and that he had lived in a community where this was done for them. Fr. Leon took him to a grocery store to do some shopping and when told he could pick anything he wanted he was surprised at this novelty. The way Fr. Leon tells it is sounds like he became like a kid in a candy store. "You mean we can get this" He would repeat his amazement as they went down the aisles.
No doubt there are plenty of hidden old school Jesuits like Fr. Powers who get no attention whatsoever. Their works and joy are hidden from the world at large, but not to those who know them.