THE JESUITS, "THE
their founding, the Jesuits had been the tireless defenders of the
Pope; and, for this, they were hated and insulted. Webster's 3rd
New International Dictionary gives this negative meaning of Jesuits:
". . .one given to intrigue or equivocation, a crafty
person." And Dornseif's Dictionary adds: ". . .two
faced, false, insidious, dissembling, insincere,
dishonorable, dishonest, untruthful." A French saying
even goes: "Whenever two Jesuits come together, Satan is in the
midst of them." A Spanish proverb even warns: "Never
trust your wife to a monk nor your money to a Jesuit."
All this because the Jesuits fulfilled the Pope's mission through
thick and thin.
Ignatius of Loyola founded the Society of Jesus, popularly called
Jesuits, at a time when all heresies were aimed at the authority of
the Pope. The Society was founded to do battle for the Pope;
and the Jesuits carried the battle to kings, in universities, at
crossroads and market places, to municipal councils. Their
preaching message was: "The Bishop of Rome is successor to
Peter the Apostle upon whom Christ founded the Church. Any
other church claiming the same is heretical, the child of
obedience to the Pope was such that when Pope Clement XIV dissolved
the order "for reasons we keep locked up in our own heart",
the Jesuits obeyed.
in 1814 by Pope Pius VII, the Jesuits collaborated to ensure that
the Pope's infallibility became an article of faith and a divinely
revealed dogma during the First Vatican Council in 1870. For
this, the hatred for the Jesuits increased, especially among the
bishops who wanted to arrogate the same power to themselves.
Countries who rejected Papal authority expelled the Jesuits:
France, Germany, Austria, England, Belgium, Mexico, Sweden,
fidelity of the Jesuits to the Pope was such that, in early 19th
century America, the Protestants really believed that the Jesuits
were working there to make the Pope head of the Union. This
belief still persists up to now.
has always been said that an attack on the Pope is an open
declaration of war with the Jesuits; and an attack on the Jesuits
was an attack on the Pope. This is the price for being the
"Pope's Men," this is what made the Jesuits great:
this is why St. Ignatius founded the Society. . .to be soldiers for
the Catholic Church in the service of the Pope.