The Nicaraguan Government has removed the legal status of the Society of Jesus in the country and said it will confiscate its assets. Source: The Tablet.
The Government announced on Wednesday that it had cancelled the official registration of the “Association Society of Jesus” and that its property would pass to the state.
The confiscation notice claimed that the Jesuits had not provided financial statements for the years 2020-2022 and that its board’s term of office had expired, violating transparency laws.
The measure primarily affects two Jesuit schools, Colegio Centro América and Instituto Loyola, though both are registered separately from the society’s legal entity.
The Colegio Centro América has existed for 106 years and the Instituto Loyola for 76 years.
The spokesperson for the Central American Jesuits, Fr José María Tojeira, said that the Nicaraguan Jesuits had in fact submitted the required documents but that the ministry had refused to accept them without giving any explanation.
Fr Tojeira said that the purpose of the “Association Society of Jesus” was used to hold and transfer funds to support retired Jesuits.
The Government action comes less than a week after it closed the Jesuit-run Central American University in Managua, accusing it of being a “centre of terrorism”.
On Saturday, Government officials evicted the community of Jesuits who worked at the university from their nearby residence. Although the property was privately-owned by the society, separately from the university, they were told: “It now belongs to the state”.
Last week the Central American Conference of Jesuit Provincials issued a statement condemning this latest series of attacks on the Church by President Daniel Ortega’s regime.
Nicaragua moves to suppress the Jesuits (By Francis McDonagh, The Tablet)