Skip to comments.We Need Discalced Jesuits
Posted on 02/05/2019 2:27:41 PM PST by ebb tide
One of the treasures of the Catholic Church is its religious orders, with their various rules and charisms directed toward addressing particular needs in the Church at the time of their founding. Human nature being what it is, though, a common phenomenon is that over time, orders fall into laxity and lose the original vigor of their founders. It has been a blessing for the Church that when orders grow tepid in their founding mission, reform movements rise up that seek to restore the zeal and vibrancy of their origins. Such was the case, for example, with the Cistercians and the Discalced Carmelites, and subsequently, they produced some of the great saints of the Church, like Bernard of Clairvaux, Teresa of Avila, and John of the Cross.
Considering the malaise that the Society of Jesus has fallen into in the last century, and particularly since Vatican II, the Jesuits are ripe for a reform movement.
To appreciate the depths to which the modern Jesuits have descended, we must first reacquaint ourselves with the original mission of Ignatius of Loyola. Malachi Martin, himself a former Jesuit, provides a nice synopsis of the societys founders vision in his book The Jesuits:
Classical Jesuitism, based on the spiritual teaching of Ignatius, saw the Jesuit mission in very clear outline. There was a perpetual state of war on earth between Christ and Lucifer. Those who fought on Christs side, the truly choice fighters, served the Roman Pontiff diligently, were at his complete disposal, were Popes Men. The Kingdom being fought over was the Heaven of Gods glory. The enemy, the archenemy, the only enemy, was Lucifer. The weapons the Jesuits used were supernatural: the Sacraments, preaching, writing, suffering. The objective was spiritual, supernatural, and otherworldly. It was simply this: that as many individuals as possible would die in a state of supernatural grace and friendship with their Savior so that they would spend eternity with God, their Creator.
Unfortunately, there is no congruity between this description and the current Society of Jesus. In the decade following the Second Vatican Council, the Jesuits held two general congregations that produced 72 different decrees, far outpacing the output of the Council itself. Practically no aspect of Jesuit life and spirituality was untouched by these decrees, and they display a systematic effort to redefine the order in conformity with the modern world, following the spirit of Vatican II. In particular, the fourth decree of General Congregation 32, Our Mission Today, called for the Jesuits to radically transform the world by combatting injustice in the social order and restructuring sociopolitical systems.
The Jesuit mission, as described therein, ceased to be a spiritual one. The struggle was no longer a metaphysical confrontation between Christ and Lucifer for the salvation of souls, but a wholly worldly one against unjust economic and political systems. The war was to be fought not with the weapons of Scripture, Tradition, and the sacraments, but through political activism, labor relations, and the redistribution of wealth.
The fruits of these congregations became immediately evident in their aftermath. There was a wholesale rejection of Paul VIs encyclical Humanae Vitae after General Congregation 31, in defiance of the Jesuits solemn vow of obedience to the pope. In response to the newly defined mission of General Congregation 32, the Jesuits in the 1970s and 80s became the standard-bearers of Liberation Theology and aligned themselves with left-wing socialist and Marxist regimes throughout the world, especially in Latin America. Some Jesuits even participated in armed revolutions and held high-ranking positions in the communist-backed Sandinista government of Nicaragua, against the expressed directives of John Paul II.
Today, these aberrations from the original Jesuit charism are manifest in the Orders two most prominent public figures, James Martin and Pope Francis. Paralleling the rejection of Humanae Vitae, Martin is the leading Modernist proponent for changing Catholic doctrine on sexuality and is insolent in his promotion of the LBGTQ lifestyle. Consistent with the agenda of the recent general congregations, he attempts to define deviancy down to make the Church more palatable to the modern world. Meanwhile, Pope Francis works within the framework of the new social justice mission of the Jesuits. He appears most passionate and animated when critiquing capitalism and its accompanying evils of economic inequality and climate change.
The present situation of the Church is perhaps as dire today was it was at the Protestation Revolution, and it cannot persist. We must hope that a return to tradition and orthodoxy is on the not so distant horizon. But the Jesuits as currently constituted are incapable of repeating the transformation of Catholic culture that they effected in the Churchs response to the Protestants. In fact, it would be reasonable to expect that they would be antagonistic toward such a reversal from Modernism.
What is sorely needed is the Jesuit equivalent of St. Teresa of Avila one who will gather together a band of loyal brothers committed to recapturing the original zeal of St. Ignatius for saving souls through a spirited defense and promotion of the true faith against the currents of the modern world. Who will establish an order of Discalced Jesuits who once go anywhere and do anything to propagate the faith and thus, through their zeal, reestablish a Catholic world in which it is easy to take seriously the fourth vow of absolute obedience to the Roman pontiff?
If we look at the religious orders thriving in the Church today, it is those that have once again donned their habits, embrace tradition and the perennial teachings of the Church, believe in the Real Presence of the Eucharist, and are devoted to the traditional liturgy. The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, for example, is flourishing, while the seminaries and vocations of so-called progressive dioceses are in free fall. The evidence indicates that within a couple of decades, the vocations to a reformed Society of Jesus could easily outstrip those of the current Jesuit novitiates.
It is unlikely that Pope Francis would sanction a reform movement within his own order, but the time will come when the Church recognizes that the only solution to the havoc wrought on the Church since Vatican II is a return to orthodoxy and traditional liturgy. When that time comes, the Church, and especially the reigning pope, will need shock troops on the frontlines to re-evangelize the world. They will need to penetrate into every corner of our technological, scientific, and rationalistic world with the Gospel of Christ, which is ever new and ever at odds with the demands of the age. Anyone with eyes to see perceives the fierce battle raging between the forces of good and those of darkness, and it was for this battle that St. Ignatius enlisted his militia. This mission is the noble heritage of the Society of Jesus, and it is only fitting that a reformed order of the same name be the instrument by which the glory of the Catholic Church is restored.
The question is, who will take up the torch?
We must, however, avoid osteopenia and osteoporosis.
To find out the roots of how badly astray the Jesuit order has become, I urge everyone to read “The Jesuits” by Malachi Martin. The book is 30 years old but is actually quite fascinating at explaining how an order could (1) go astray and (2) refuse to obey the Pope’s orders.
If you were politically aware in the 1980’s, this may be the book for you. The author spends much time discussing the Jesuits and their embrace of Liberation Theology. Also explained was, although never officially condoned, their support of the Sandinistas and other pro-Cuban and pro-Moscow guerillas.
How about osteomalacia?
They could all go to Kuala Lumpur.
They were a truly great, brave and holy men who actually saved Europe by implementing the Council of Trent.
You want to take their shoes?
Those financial ramifications allowed the establishing of the private company, the Federal Reserve on Christmas Eve, 1913 (when it could be counted on that no one would pay attention to what was happening in Congress), which in turn allowed the financing of the Great War shortly thereafter. The War's End at the 11th hour of 11/11 1918 was also the unmistakable gematria signature of the Jesuits (Rev. 9:15). The need for blood sacrifice truly couldn't have spared more mothers the loss of their sons by ending just a few hours sooner?
"A vacationing priest, Father Francis Browne, caught these poignant snapshots of his fellow passengers, most of them on a voyage to eternity. The next day Titanic made her last stop off the coast of Queenstown, Ireland. Here tenders brought out the last passengers; mostly Irish immigrants headed for new homes in America. And here, the lucky Father Browne disembarked. Father Browne caught Captain Smith peering down from Titanics bridge, poised on the brink of destiny."
The Secrets of the Titanic, (National Geographic), video tape, 1986.
The Jesuits have been tagged the CIA of the Vatican. They typically only recruit PHD’s. They have been tossed out of more countries than any other orders.
But one of the holiest men I ever knew --- Fr. Raymond Gawronski, now rejoicing I think before the high throne of Heaven --- was a Jesuit. So many names come to me, beloved Peter Faber, brilliant Matteo Ricci. It's an astounding history, epic: geniuses and imbeciles, "The Agony And The Ecstasy", seraphic spirituality and madcap, makeshift morality, real heroics and real hell.
Bring on the discalced reformer Jesuits!
For some reason, this popped into my mind --- it's about Borgias, not Jesuits, but what the hell, mutatis mutandis ---and I had to look it up:
"[I]n Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love. They had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock."--Harry Lime in the film "The Third Man".
Step away from the computer and give up the insane conspiracy theories. All the nefarious strings in the world are not pulled by the Jesuits, nor are they pulled by Opus Dei.
I graduated from a Jesuit college-prep high school in Detroit in 1969. There I encountered several “old school” Jesuits who were remarkable men. I will be forever grateful to them for teaching me how to think LOGICALLY. What has become of the order who explored most of the western USA in the early 1800’s? I now live in north Idaho and there are missions and churches all over this area named after the Jesuit missionaries who were the first educated men to come here and spread the Word of God to the native Americans. It hurts my heart to see what has happened to the Order of these “soldiers for Christ.” I’m sure St. Ignatius Loyola is spinning in his grave.
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