Fr. José de Pablo has been appointed by Father General
as the World Vice-Ecclesiastical Assistant of the CLC (the Christian Life
Community.) This lay movement is present in 76 countries and participates in
the spreading of Ignatian spirituality in daily life. Although the movement is
independent from the structures of governance and operation of the Society of
Jesus, its Ecclesiastical Assistant is the Superior General, currently Father
Arturo Sosa. Obviously, the latter has so many matters to deal with that it is
therefore perfectly appropriate for him to choose a Jesuit companion to assist
him in his responsibilities with the CLC.
After a fairly long period of dialogue and reflection,
Father General has asked José de Pablo, a Spanish Jesuit, to become
Vice-Ecclesiastical Assistant at the world level. He will not reside in the
Curia, as was the case with some of his predecessors, but will continue to work
at the Spiritual Centre of the Grotto of St. Ignatius in Manresa, Spain.
In a communiqué issued on 28 July, the CLC World
Secretariat emphasised that the main task of the Vice-Assistant will be to
accompany the World Executive Council in its discernment and decision-making
processes. He will participate, usually remotely, in the meetings of the
Executive Council and will have opportunities to visit communities in various
countries, if possible, together with members of the Council.