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1/14/2014 (1 year ago)

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Dear found 'obstinately disobedient to the lawful order of Superiors in a grave matter'

Father John Dear, a popular U.S. Catholic priest and author has been dismissed from the international Jesuit religious order, which says he was "obstinately disobedient" to its directives. Dear is known worldwide for his writings and some 75 arrests for acts of "civil disobedience" across the country.

Father John Dear is known worldwide for his writings and some 75 arrests for acts of 'civil disobedience' across the country.

Father John Dear is known worldwide for his writings and some 75 arrests for acts of "civil disobedience" across the country.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

1/14/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Father John dear, activist, peace marches, dismissal, Jesuits

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The removal of Dear has brought to a close 32 years in the order for the priest. Dear has actively protested a wide range of issues, such as U.S. policies in Latin America, nuclear weapons development and the cooperation of Jesuit educational institutions with American military recruiting programs such as the ROTC.

Father Adolfo Nicolás in an official decree from the Jesuits, dated June 19, says Dear has been "obstinately disobedient to the lawful order of Superiors in a grave matter."

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Dear "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.

The action will call attention of Pope Francis, the first head of the Catholic Church to belong to the Jesuit order, having to confirm the dismissal of one of the order's members.

Dear wrote about his dismissal in his weekly column, posted earlier this week. He wrote that he is leaving "with a heavy heart . because the Society of Jesus in the U.S. has changed so much since I entered in 1982 and because my Jesuit superiors have tried so hard over the decades to stop my work for peace."

The specific charge against Dear listed in the documents is his refusal to live in a Jesuit community in Baltimore. Dear freely provided copies of letters from both the Jesuit headquarters in Rome and the Vatican congregation responsible for matters concerning religious life, notifying him of his dismissal.

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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