YOUR HEADLINE "Society of Jesus 'deaf to the poor'," March 29, bears no relation to anything that appears in the story underneath it nor to anything contained in Fr Kolvenbach's letter to all Jesuits which you purport to report.
The first sentence of yaw story is incomplete. Fr Kolvenbach is in no way saying that the Society is recognisable only as a commercial or welfare organisation.
What he actually says is that it would appear that way if Jesuits were to lose their sense of Ignatian "gratuity", ie the spirit of apostolic poverty and total I cannot believe that you really intended this injusice. The Catholic Herald has often testified to the work of-the many Jesuits in sensitive regions of the world who not only operate extensive networks of social and relief services, but also live in close identity with the poor in basic community and refugee camp.
You have told the story of men like Fr Rutilio Grande, SJ, gunned down for his efforts to win basic rights for oppressed peoples.
If only in fairness to their memory, your report surely calls for correction.
Hugh Kay Jesuit Information Officer 114, Mount Street, London W 1Y 6AH