The Holy Father met with the delegates to the general congregation of the Society of Jesus on February 21 and gave them an ear full. There is no full English translation of his address to the Jesuits yet, but a CWN story reports that different news sources seem to confirm that his talk was not mere flattery:
“The themes of the salvation of all people in Christ, of sexual morality, of marriage and the family — continually discussed and questioned today — must be deepened and enlightened in the context of contemporary reality, but maintaining the harmony with the magisterium that will avoid provoking confusion and concern among the people of God,” he told them.
Pope Benedict also objected to the idea some Jesuits have that the order’s special fourth vow of obedience to the pope is limited to obeying him when he asks an individual Jesuit or the entire order to undertake a specific mission.
The pope said the “fuller meaning” of the vow, according to the thought of Jesuit founder St. Ignatius of Loyola, is “to love and serve the vicar of Christ on earth with that ‘effective and affective’ devotion that makes you his precious and irreplaceable collaborators in his service of the universal church.”
It seems funny that this would need to be explained to educated men. Or does it?