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Society of Jesus
Society of Jesus.png
Abbreviation SJ, Jesuits
Motto Ad maiorem Dei gloriam
Founder Ignatius of Loyola
Type Catholic religious order
Headquarters Church of the Gesu, Rome, Italy
Website SJWeb.info

The Society of Jesus (Latin Societas Iesu, S.J. and S.I. or SJ, SI) is the largest male Catholic religious order whose members are called Jesuits. Jesuit priests and brothers—known colloquially as “God’s marines”[1]—are engaged in evangelization and apostolic ministry in 112 states on six continents reflecting the Formula of the Institute (principle) of the Society. They are known in the fields of theology work (in schools, colleges, universities, seminaries, theological faculties) and obtrusive missionary work, giving retreats, hospital and parish ministry.

The Society was founded by Ignatius of Loyola, who after being wounded in a battle, experienced a religious conversion and composed the Spiritual Exercises to make his fellows “corpes devoted to Christ”, as he says it. In 1534, Ignatius gathered six young men to vow poverty, chastity, and then obedience to the pope. Rule 13 of Ignatius' Rules for Thinking with the Church said: “I will believe that the white that I see is black if the hierarchical Church so defines it”[2]. Ignatius' plan of the order's organization of 1539 was approved by Pope Paul III in 1540 by the bull containing the Formula. The Society participated in the Counter-Reformation and later in modernizing the church.

The Society of Jesus is consecrated under the patronage of Madonna Della Strada, a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and it is led by a Superior General, currently Adolfo Nicolás.[3][4] The headquarters of the Society, its General Curia, is in Rome. The historic curia of St Ignatius is now part of the Collegio del Gesù attached to the Church of the Gesù, the Jesuit Mother Church.

History

Origins in Spain

The three most important men in the foundation of the Society of Jesus were: Ignatius of Loyola, Jerónimo Nadal🟌 and Juan de Polanco.🟌 Igantius was the main figure involved and was from a Basque-Spanish noble family known as the de Lazcanos who had become Lords of Loyola in the 14th century. There is no evidence that he had Jewish ancestry, however, he did allow "New Christians" of Jewish descent into his organisation (when the Church in Spain had a strongly anti-converso attitude) and early on they had a prominent role until Jesuits becoming anti-converso in the time of Everard Mercurian; fourth Superior General, 1573–1580. A feudal knight, Igantius was injured during the War of the League of Cambrai and while in recovery, was inspired by the spiritual work De Vita Christi by Ludolph of Saxony to devote his life to Christ. At first he hoped to recapture the Holy Land for Christianity, but with the rise of Protestantism, the Jesuits would instead become a vanguard of the Counter-Reformation, while still promoting a culture of Renaissance-derived humanism.

Present situation

Whatever one thinks of the earlier history of the Jesuits, whether you prefer the Jesuit-Habsburg-Catholic forces to those of the Protestants in European history, today the Jesuit is the enemy of all ethnic Europeans, whatever their religious affiliation. The Jesuits, through organisations such as the Jesuit Refugee Service Europe are actively involved in flooding Europe with Black Africans. The menace is particularly problematic when it comes to Malta, Italy, France and Ireland, where Jesuit activity is just as significant in bringing in Africans, as the Jewish Cultural Marxists are. In the future Europe, this order will have to be either completely taken over by the more traditional Servi Jesu et Mariae (founded in 1988 to reject the Marrano "liberation theology" agenda of Arrupe), with many renegade "priests" forced into retirement or otherwise be completely abolished.

Controversies

The Jesuits have attracted a significant amount of controversy during their history, from different groups of people, at different times for different reasons. Jesuits were strongly reviled by Protestants because they were the most competant opponents of their movement, playing a leading role in the Counter-Reformation. A significant body of anti-Jesuit literature, especially in the Anglosphere built up in relation to this; modern examples such as the Evangelical Zionist, Eric Jon Phelps and his Vatican Assassins or the works of Jack Chick are examples of this genre. For similar competative reasons, they are disliked by the Orthodox in Eastern Europe, because they played a prominent role in the Uniate movement where Orthodox Christians were brought into unity with Rome (particularly in areas such as the Ukraine).

The Jesuits developed a militant conception of forwarding the interests of the Catholic Church, coupled with a high level of systematic education (their schools taught the trivium) envoking the ire of rival groups inside and outside the Church (the Dominicans were particularly critical of them, inside the Church). They were sometimes also suppressed in historically Catholic countries as a result of coming into conflict with the House of Bourbon; the Bourbons held to a concept of a monarchial absolutism, which had earlier been associated with Lutheran and Anglican nations, as the Jesuits owed their primary alligence to the Church, this caused conflict. Some Bourbons of France looked at them with suspicion also because the Jesuit Order were Spanish in origin, with their rivals the House of Habsburg leading the Spanish Empire.

The Jesuits have become controversial within traditional Catholic circles for a different reason in recent history. Earlier the Jesuits had been seen as opponents of the French Revolution, with the Jesuit priest Augustin Barruel authoring books such as Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism. Some Jesuits also attempted to protect the people from Jewish supremacists, for example Fr. Leonard Feeney. However with eccentric figures such as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Henri de Lubac, Karl Rahner playing a leading role in the heterodox neo-modernist movement and the creation of the Vatican II Church, they changed direction. Even worse, under Pedro Arrupe (Secretary General, 1965–1983) some tried to merge Christianity with Marxism as "liberation theology", especially prominent in South America. Traditional Catholics today regard Jesuits as the most degenerated historical order.

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Literature

  • Erich Ludendorff, Mathilde Ludendorff: Das Geheimnis der Jesuitenmacht und ihr Ende. Ludendorffs Volkswarte Verlag, München 1929

References

  1. http://www.jesuits-chi.org/vocations/stories/knapp.htm
  2. Loyola, Ignatius; Rules for Thinking with the Church. Bettenson, Henry, ed. Documents of the Christian Church (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press, 1999. pp. 364–367. ISBN 0192880713. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  3. News on the elections of the new Superior General
  4. africa.reuters.com, Spaniard becomes Jesuits' new "black pope"

External links

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