Arrupe, Pedro

“When the Spanish government dissolved the Jesuit order in Spain in 1932, he continued his studies elsewhere in Europe and in the United States.”

Arrupe was a missionary to Japan for almost 3 decades, working with atomic victims at Hiroshima.  (This reminds me of Father Damien, who worked with lepers on the Hawaiian island of Molokai.  I wonder if atomic bomb victims were as ostracized as lepers.)

I’m struck by how often the Jesuits were outlawed or thrown out of various countries throughout history.  The opposition was vehement.  What made this sect of Catholicism more controversial than any other?

(Sidenote: Tsutomu “Lucky” Yamaguchi was the only officially recognized survivor of BOTH Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  He was injured during a business trip to Hiroshima, then, unfortunately, went home to Nagasaki to recover–


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