Pope Francis speaks on limiting Latin Mass and facing abuse with Jesuits in Hungary

Every time Pope Francis makes an apostolic journey, he has a private meeting with the Jesuits in the country. Afterwards, the contents of the meeting are published in La Civiltà Cattolica, the Jesuit magazine in Italy.

During his trip to Hungary, the Jesuits asked the Pope about his position as provincial of the Society of Jesus during the Argentinean dictatorship between 1976 and 1983.

Pope Francis described that he had been asked in court whether he had collaborated with the dictatorship. He explained his innocence. And, years later, he met two of these judges in Rome. One confessed to him that they had received instructions in 2010 from the government to "cut off his head."

In the meeting in Hungary, the Pope touched on how to address priests who have committed abuse. He stressed that, although they are "brothers, reporting them is an act of charity." Pope Francis said, "they deserve punishment, but also pastoral care."

The pope explained why he made it mandatory to obtain permission to celebrate Mass according to the Roman rite of 1962, also known as the traditional Latin Mass. In his opinion, "the good pastoral measures put in place by Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI were being used in an ideological way."