A year after complaining of funding delays from the Jesuits, one leader of the Georgetown 272 descendants says, “We do have positive things taking place for achieving the overall goal. We are, in fact, moving forward.”
Ancestors of slaves owned and sold by Jesuit priests in the early 1800s say modern-day Jesuits have fallen behind on their promise to raise money for reparations. A near-term pledge of $100 million was pledged to help fund racial-healing programs and scholarships for the slaves’ descendants.
Money from the 1838 sale of 272 slaves by Jesuit priests in Maryland helped finance the expansion of the Church in states to the west and north, researchers say. The Jesuits are addressing that history, but some researchers say other institutions, such as colleges and universities, should do likewise.
Prosecutors in El Salvador have brought charges against a former president for the murders of six Jesuits in 1989, a crime carried out by soldiers during a brutal civil war in the Central American country.
Indian Jesuits in Afghanistan are not sure what is in store for them as the strife-torn nation slips into conflict as the United States winds down operations after almost 20 years of war.