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This day in History: 205th Anniversary of Jesuit Restoration

August 7 is a highly significant day for Roman Catholics, specifically the Society of Jesus or the Jesuit Order. It is the order’s 205th year since its restoration (after being suppressed). America Magazine, a Jesuit publication, republished an article in commemoration and celebration of this anniversary. “Jesuits and their colleagues, collaborators and friends—and all persons formed by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius—owe a debt of gratitude to Pope Pius VII. Without Pius VII, it is fair to say, there would be no Society of Jesus today, no Jesuit schools, colleges or universities, no Jesuit retreat houses and no Jesuit periodicals. For it was Pius VII who, on Aug. 7, 1814, restored the Society of Jesus, some four decades after its suppression by Pope Clement XIV. This year marks the 200th anniversary of that restoration. And, in fact, this anniversary takes place amid many other anniversaries worth acknowledging, as they provide useful context for the surrounding events. Anniversaries also offer exceptional occasions for influencing which aspects of a historical event are remembered and which are not—and how they are remembered. Let us take a look back…Cardinals elected Pope Pius VII the next year in Venice, which proved a fortuitous decision. Without the fortitude and perseverance of Pius VII, who reigned from 1800 to 1823, the papacy could have disappeared altogether in the wake of Napoleon. In 1801 pope and emperor agreed on a concordat that restored the episcopate and diocesan structures in France but left no place for religious orders of men or women. Soon Napoleon wanted more from Pius, including the dissolution of the Papal States. The French army seized Pius VII and eventually took him to France as a prisoner for several years. Seen as a kind of living martyr by much of Europe, Pius was a highly honored survivor of Napoleon’s warfare and bullying. Almost as soon as Pius returned in triumph to Rome in the spring of 1814, he acted to restore the Jesuits throughout the world. Thus the anniversaries of Napoleon’s defeat (or the liberation of Europe from Napoleonic domination) and of the restoration of the Jesuits are very closely related. In recent years, study of Jesuit history from the founding of the order in 1540 to the suppression of 1773 has become a hot topic, with large numbers of conferences, dissertations, articles and books on the subject. Study of the restoration and of the restored Society has remained, at least until now, a somewhat lesser concern.”[1]

 

205 years after its restoration, the Jesuit Order is alive and flourishing, especially since the 2013 election of Pope Francis, the first openly-admitted Jesuit Pope. After Francis’ election as Pope, NewsWeek headlined an article: “With Their First Pope, Jesuits Are Making a Comeback.”[2] This statement is unfortunately true, not only with its worldwide presence but even in Protestant America.  In 2015, then President Barack Obama said “‘Simply put, this country and this world benefit from your commitment to Jesuit principles’”[3] in commemoration of (Jesuit) Georgetown University’s 200th anniversary of its charter. Georgetown, established in Washington D.C. was the very first Roman Catholic College in the United States. This is very troubling considering the reason that the Jesuits were brought into existence—to overthrow Protestantism and to reestablish Papal Supremacy which means a suppression of liberty of conscience, by any means necessary.

“Throughout Christendom, Protestantism was menaced by formidable foes. The first triumphs of the Reformation past, Rome summoned new forces, hoping to accomplish its destruction. At this time the order of the Jesuits was created, the most cruel, unscrupulous, and powerful of all the champions of popery. Cut off from earthly ties and human interests, dead to the claims of natural affection, reason and conscience wholly silenced, they knew no rule, no tie, but that of their order, and no duty but to extend its power…To combat these forces, Jesuitism inspired its followers with a fanaticism that enabled them to endure like dangers, and to oppose to the power of truth all the weapons of deception. There was no crime too great for them to commit, no deception too base for them to practice, no disguise too difficult for them to assume. Vowed to perpetual poverty and humility, it was their studied aim to secure wealth and power, to be devoted to the overthrow of Protestantism, and the re-establishment of the papal supremacy. When appearing as members of their order, they wore a garb of sanctity, visiting prisons and hospitals, ministering to the sick and the poor, professing to have renounced the world, and bearing the sacred name of Jesus, who went about doing good. But under this blameless exterior the most criminal and deadly purposes were often concealed. It was a fundamental principle of the order that the end justifies the means. By this code, lying, theft, perjury, assassination, were not only pardonable but commendable, when they served the interests of the church. Under various disguises the Jesuits worked their way into offices of state, climbing up to be the counselors of kings, and shaping the policy of nations. They became servants to act as spies upon their masters. They established colleges for the sons of princes and nobles, and schools for the common people; and the children of Protestant parents were drawn into an observance of popish rites. All the outward pomp and display of the Romish worship was brought to bear to confuse the mind and dazzle and captivate the imagination, and thus the liberty for which the fathers had toiled and bled was betrayed by the sons. The Jesuits rapidly spread themselves over Europe, and wherever they went, there followed a revival of popery.”[4]

 

It is noteworthy that all Jesuit schools and institutions were established for the purpose of overthrowing Protestantism. Some of the early Presidents and even founders of the United States realized this and thus opposed and protested against the Jesuits, such men as Abraham Lincoln and John Adams. Shortly after the reestablishment of the Jesuit order, Adams wrote to Jefferson: “In May 1816, Adams wrote to Jefferson about the ‘restoration’ of the Society of Jesus: ‘I do not like the reappearance of the Jesuits.... Shall we not have regular swarms of them here, in as many disguises as only a king of the gipsies can assume, dressed as printers, publishers, writers and schoolmasters? If ever there was a body of men who merited damnation on earth and in Hell, it is this society of Loyola’s. Nevertheless, we are compelled by our system of religious toleration to offer them an asylum…Can a free government possibly exist with the Roman Catholic religion?’”[5] Of course, we are aware of the fate of Abraham Lincoln for speaking so forcibly against the Jesuit order and the Roman Catholic invasion in American politics. He is recorded as saying, “If the American people could learn what I know of the fierce hatred of the priests of Rome against our institutions, our schools, our most sacred rights, and our so dearly bought liberties, they would drive them away tomorrow from among us, or they would shoot them as traitors…I know that the Jesuits never forget nor forsake. But man must not care how and where he dies, provided he dies at the post of honor and duty.”[6]

Need we remind our readers of Pope Francis’ unprecedented speaking before a joint session of the United States congress in 2015.  He spoke from Abraham Lincoln’s lectern on the Roman Catholic social teaching of the common good—a yielding up of one’s individual liberties for the collective “benefit” of society (determined through a Roman Catholic prism). 

 

America Magazine continues: “The history of the Jesuits is, among other things, the history of a potential antidote to national antagonisms and the warfare they spawn. From their beginnings, Jesuits were international, for the first Jesuits were all foreign students in Paris. Once approved by Pope Paul III in 1540, the Society of Jesus soon became still more international, as Francis Xavier headed to Asia and other Jesuits spread out across the globe. The Jesuits crossed (or transgressed) all kinds of boundaries: geographic, political, cultural, linguistic, religious.”[7] 

 

Rightly stated, the Jesuits have crossed many boundaries, to the demise of liberty of conscience. The two boundaries that stand out most forcibly are political and religious. Jesuits are very influential in politics, both foreign and in the United States, holding prominent positions, thus shaping the policies of nations after Roman Catholic teachings. A Jesuit, Patrick Conroy, currently serves as Congress’s chaplain where he can directly influence congressmen. In 2017, Mr. Conroy in a baseball jersey with the word “Jesuit” prominently displayed across his chest led prayer before a congressional baseball game. A picture was taken in which all the congressmen were bowed down around the Jesuit chaplain, in which the number 666 is conspicuous in pictures. This picture is highly symbolic of the prophecy found in Revelation 13 wherein the inhabitants of the United States will be compelled to bow to Roman Catholic principles, namely a Sunday Law, on pain of death. The number of the beast, Roman Catholicism is also given in that very prophecy (prayerfully read and study Revelation 13:11-18).

It is evident, that 205 years after its restoration, the Jesuits are more influential ever, especially since they are so widely accepted in America and all over the world. However, the Jesuits have not changed, Roman Catholicism has not changed, its principles are ever the same. Those who believe that the Jesuit order is a religious order established to relieve the wants of the poor, oppressed, sick and needy, they only have to look at its extreme oath of induction to learn otherwise.[8] Do not be deceived by its exterior of doing good and performing acts of charity, it is only to accomplish its insidious ends.

 

  1. https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2014/07/22/unlikely-story-how-jesuits-were-suppressed-and-then-restored?fbclid=IwAR2OdDBIr58hwoCYYT3FUgqZcYKgaKdmJjrDfiZ4ZnRyRpdPxHZw_bJWns8
     

  2. https://www.newsweek.com/their-first-pope-jesuits-are-making-comeback-267930
     

  3. https://www.georgetown.edu/news/georgetown-celebrates-200th-anniversary-of-charter.html
     

  4. White, Ellen. The Review and Herald, April 14, 1896, paragraph 5
     

  5. https://www.americamagazine.org/content/all-things/john-adams-and-jesuits
     

  6. Chiniquy, Charles. (1886), Fifty Years in the Church, pages 664 and 697
     

  7. https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2014/07/22/unlikely-story-how-jesuits-were-suppressed-and-then-restored?fbclid=IwAR2OdDBIr58hwoCYYT3FUgqZcYKgaKdmJjrDfiZ4ZnRyRpdPxHZw_bJWns8
     

  8. http://www.reformation.org/jesuit-oath.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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