“Jesuit in tension” dismissed over an apparent technicality

The decree from the Jesuits, signed by the order’s international superior general, Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, and dated June 19, says Dear has been “obstinately disobedient to the lawful order of Superiors in a grave matter.”

Dear, Nicolás states, “was duly informed … that his failure to obey the command that he return to the specified house of the Order by a specified date would be cause for his dismissal from the Society of Jesus.”

Nicolás says the matter came to the attention of the Jesuit officials in Rome following a request for action from the Maryland province of the order, one of seven provinces the order maintains in the U.S. and the one in which Dear became a Jesuit.

Nicolás says he and five other members of the Jesuits’ international council then held a vote on whether to dismiss Dear, which resulted in a unanimous vote for dismissal.

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Editor’s note: How Ya Gonna Keep ‘em Down on the Farm Once They’ve Seen Paree?