Jesuit Order: Power, Political Nature, And Controversies

The Vatican elected a new pope to sit on the golden throne of Catholicism. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis I, and is th...

The Vatican elected a new pope to sit on the golden throne of Catholicism. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis I, and is the first Jesuit pope in the history of the Catholic church. He was elected today, March 13th, in the year 2013. His age is 76, add 7+6 and you get 13. Maybe this is all coincidence.

Pope Francis I
 Pope Francis I is the very first Jesuit to ever become pope. The Jesuits have a legendary tradition for…torture.


Jesuits, or Society of Jesus: A monastic order of the Roman Catholic Church, founded (1536) in Paris by Ignatius of Loyola. Originally the special function of the order was to care for the sick and to fortify the position of the Pope within the [Roman Catholic] Church. The latter function soon became the principal one of the order and thus it is not surprising that the order was approved by Pope Paul III as early as 1540, the first generalship being vested in the founder. 

Jesuit Order

 By the time Ignatius died in 1566…his order had increased from 60 to more than 1000 members. The members had to vow not only chastity, poverty, and implicit obedience to authority…but, especially, compliance with the commands of the Pope in going to any country and under any conditions to convert heretics and infidels, especially Moors and Jews.

…Their special obedience to the Pope naturally caused the Jesuits to fight against the greatest danger to the Catholic Church, Protestantism. Through this fight, the Jesuits developed political talents which soon made the members of the order the most versatile representatives of the Catholic Church in worldly affairs.

In order to achieve this goal, a complicated organization of the utmost rigidity was developed. The Jesuits received the rights both of mendicant orders and of secular priests. They recognized only the superiority of [the Jesuit Superior General] and the Pope. This gave them great worldly power. Furthermore, from their inception they devoted much interest to education, and early in their history were appointed to many highly important chairs of theology at the leading universities of Europe.

…Associated with all layers of society, from the humble to the powerful, the Jesuits combined great intellectual versatility and a shrewd political apprehension with a deep religious mysticism which was especially connected with the adoration of the Blessed Virgin. A certain soldierly spirit was furthered by the constitution of the order which provided severest punishment for members who did not comply with their vows.

…The Jesuits tried also to restrain nationalistic tendencies everywhere and to emphasize the universality of the Catholic Church. Their missionary branch was no less important. Due to the fact that they [initially] worked principally in the Indies, Japan, China, and Abyssinia, the Jesuits’ spiritual work was often connected with the play of power politics. Thus they often played, directly or indirectly, a vital role in the political and economic conquest of the countries in which they served.

…Flourishing particularly in Spain and Portugal, members of the [Jesuit] order were among the first to set foot on the Spanish and Portuguese colonies in America. Their remarkable rise in power at European courts and among the people led many institutions of learning, their teachers, and the non-Jesuit clergy to fear the Jesuits. It was largely for this reason that the parliament of France resisted the Jesuits in their attempts to obtain a foothold.

…By 1710, the order had more than 19,000 members and more than 22,000 by 1749. Increasingly feared and suspected by many European rulers, they were first driven out of Portugal (1759), and other countries followed suit. In France…they were finally expelled in 1764. Three years later Spain revoked its approval of the order. In 1773, Pope Clement XIV suppressed the entire Jesuit Order by a papal bull, but in 1814, it was restored by Pope Pius VII.

…Later in the 19th century, however, the Jesuits were alternately driven out and permitted to exist in various European countries. They had to leave Italy in 1861, but were allowed to return in 1929. They were expelled from Germany in 1872, but permitted to exist there again after the fall of the Empire in 1918. In France the order was frequently expelled and restored after 1830 and finally permitted to return in 1919. England, Ireland, and the U.S., however, never passed any laws against the Jesuits. At present, the order totals about 25,000 members in 50 “provinces”, several of them in the U.S.

Their influence on the hierarchy of the [Roman] Catholic Church has increased continually since about 1860. In the U.S. they possess a large number of educational institutions, the most noteworthy being in New York City; Washington and Georgetown, D.C.; Baltimore; Buffalo, New York; St. Louis, Missouri; New Orleans, Louisiana; Denver, Colorado; Cincinnati and Cleveland, Ohio; Omaha, Nebraska; and San Francisco, California.

The Jesuits have developed a reputation for being strong, as well as open-hearted, men of faith. During the holocaust, for instance, many Jesuits risked their lives to help the Jews. In fact, the Yad Vashem, Jerusalem's Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, has even seen fit to give recognition to nine Jesuit priests for risking their lives to save Jews. In Rockhurst University, a Jewish institution, a commemoration plaque to honor 152 Jesuits who gave up their lives for their fellowmen was inaugurated in 2007. It is the first plaque of its kind in the world. It is also common to find centers dedicated to different religions in a Jesuit campus.

Unfortunately, the Jesuits are also well-versed in controversies, being the target of many themselves, both in and out of the Catholic Church. Their detractors claim that they are part of various conspiracies and secret organizations, while conservative Catholics chastise them for their modern views especially on such issues as abortion, priestly celibacy, homosexuality, and liberation theology.

Within the Roman Catholic Church, there has existed a sometimes tense relationship between Jesuits and the Vatican due to questioning of official Church teaching and papal directives, such as those on abortion, birth control,women deacons, homosexuality, and liberation theology. Usually this theological free thinking is academically oriented, being prevalent at the university level. From this standpoint, the function of this debate is less to challenge the magisterium than illustrate the church's ability to compromise in a pluralist society based on shared values which do not always align with religious teachings. The last two Popes have appointed Jesuits to powerful positions in the Church; John Paul II appointed Roberto Tucci, S.J., to the College of Cardinals, after serving as the chief organizer of papal trips and public events. Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI have appointed 10 Jesuit Cardinals to notable jobs. Benedict XVI appointed Jesuits to notable positions in his curia, such as Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, S.J. as Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Rev. Federico Lombardi, S.J., Vatican Press Secretary.

Jesuit Inquisition

The Jesuit Order is renowned for trickery, cruelty, and disturbance, as the following sources attest:

John Adams (1735-1826; 2nd President of the United States):

Shall we not have regular swarms of them here, in as many disguises as only a king of the gypsies can assume, dressed as painters, publishers, writers, and schoolmasters? If ever there was a body of men who merited eternal damnation on earth and in hell it is this Society of Loyola’s.

Eric Jon Phelps, Vatican Assassins 1st Edition (2001): 319:

[Courageous Mexican President Benito Pablo Juarez] was the most dreaded enemy of the Society of Jesus while hating the Temporal Power of the Papal Caesar in Rome. He...expelled 200 JESUIT priests...In 1872 he died at his desk, a victim of ‘the poison cup’.

Pope Clement XIV, who had abolished the Jesuit Order, said this upon his poisoning in 1774:

Alas, I knew they [i.e., the Jesuits] would poison me, but I did not expect to die in so slow and cruel a manner.

Rather than a passive monasticism, the Jesuit Order has pursued military and political power, and used its army of religious leaders to overturn civilizations and disrupt democracies:

John Daniel, The Grand Design Exposed (CHJ Publishing, 1999): 64:

The Church to rule the world; the Pope to rule the Church; the Jesuits to rule the Pope – such was and is the program of the Order of Jesus.

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821; emperor of the French):

The Jesuits are a MILITARY organization, not a religious order. Their chief is a general of an army, not the mere father abbot of a monastery. And the aim of this organization is power—power in its most despotic exercise —absolute power, universal power, power to control the world by the volition of a single man [i.e., the Superior General of the Jesuits]. Jesuitism is the most absolute of despotisms—and at the same time the greatest and most enormous of abuses…

U.S. Army Brigadier General Thomas M. Harris, Rome's Responsibility for the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln (Pittsburgh, PA: Williams Publishing, 1897): 34:

...the favorite policy of the Jesuits, that of assassination.

Former American Navy secretary R. W. Thompson:

[The Jesuits] are the deadly enemies of civil and religious liberty.viii

Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881), in his book The Brothers Karamazov:

The Jesuits…are simply the Romish army for the earthly sovereignty of the world in the future, with the Pontiff of Rome for emperor…that’s their ideal…It is simple lust of power, of filthy earthly gain, of domination – something like a universal serfdom with [the Jesuits] as masters – that’s all they stand for. They don’t even believe in God perhaps.ix

Jesuit and Nazi

Chief of the Nazi Sicherheitdienst Walter Shellenberg:

The SS had been organized by Heinrich Himmler according to the principles of the Jesuit Order. The rules of service and spiritual exercises prescribed by Ignatius de Loyola constituted a model which Heinrich Himmler strove carefully to copy. Absolute obedience was the supreme rule; every order had to be executed without comment.x

Former Nun of Kenmare Marie Frances Cusack (1830-1899), Black Pope a History of the Jesuits (London: Marshall, Russell and Co., 1896): 76:

The Jesuits are the only religious order in the Church of Rome—and these orders are very numerous—which has lain under the ban of the [‘White’] Pope, or which has been expelled from any country because of its interference in politics. Hence we may expect to find that to obtain political power forms a main feature in the plans of the Society [of Jesus].

Rick Martin, "The 'Black' Pope Count Hans Kolvenbach—The Jesuit's General," SPECTRUM (May, 2000):

They're the ones in the government. They're the ones behind professional sports. The owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers (in 2000) is a Knight of Malta. The owner of the Detroit Lions (in 2000) is a Knight of Malta. All your top owners of these ball clubs, for the most part, are Knights of Malta, getting the people whooped up in this hoopla over games and sports, while they're busy creating a tyranny.

American physician and historian Emanuel M. Josephson, The Federal Reserve Conspiracy and Rockefellers (Chedney Press, 1968): 4-5:

[Jesuit-trained Illuminist Adam] Weishaupt and his fellow Jesuits cut off the income to the Vatican by launching and leading the French Revolution [1789-1799]; by directing Napoleon’s conquest of Catholic Europe; [and] …by eventually having Napoleon throw Pope Pius VII in jail at Avignon until he agreed, as the price for his release, to reestablish the Jesuit Order. This Jesuit war on the Vatican was terminated by the Congress of Vienna and by the secret, 1822 Treaty of Verona.

Jesuit and Nazi Hitler

Hitler himself stated, “I learned much from the Order of the Jesuits. Until now, there has never been anything more grandiose, on the earth, than the hierarchical organization of the Catholic church. I transferred much of this organization into my own party.”

Walter Schellenberg, former chief of Nazi counter-espionage made this statement: “The S.S. organization had been constituted by Himmler according to the principles of the Jesuit Order. Their regulations and the Spiritual Exercises prescribed by Ignatius of Loyola were the model Himmler tried to copy exactly. Himmler’s title as supreme chief of the S.S. was to be the equivalent of the Jesuits’ ‘General’ and the whole structure was a close imitation of the Catholic Church’s hierarchical order.”

“The public is practically unaware of the overwhelming responsibility carried by the Vatican and its Jesuits in the start of the two world wars — a situation which may be explained in part by the gigantic finances at the disposition of the Vatican and its Jesuits, giving them power in so many spheres, especially since the last conflict.”

Jesuit Oath
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When a Jesuit priest is elevated to a position of high command, he is administered what is called the Jesuit Extreme Oath of Induction. This oath has been called the Fourth Vow or the Blood Oath, given to those in the Society of Jesus besides the traditional vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

The existence of the Blood Oath has always been categorically denied by the Jesuits. And when this question was recently put to priests, brothers or lay spokesmen in five out of the 10 Jesuit Provincials in the United States, the existence of it was firmly denied, many saying they never heard anything about it.

Although the Blood Oath ceremony, as recounted by several former Jesuit priests including the late Father Alberto Rivera, is supposedly steeped in pagan rituals, one common element found is only three others are present for the ceremony, including the Superior or Jesuit General.

The other two are monks or priests flanking the Superior with one holding a banner with the papal colors of yellow and white and the other a black banner with a dagger and a red cross above a skull and bones crossbones. On the black banner is the word INRI and below it the words IUSTUM NECAR REGES IMPIUS , meaning to exterminate or annihilate impious or heretical Kings, Governments, or Rulers.

In June 2005, Fr. Thomas Krettek, SJ was installed as the Wisconsin Province Society of Jesus provincial head during a Mass of Installation at Milwaukee's Church of the Gesu. Present at the Mass were three Jesuits, Fr. Jim Grummer, SJ, outgoing provincial, Fr. Del Skillingstad, SJ and Society of Jesus Jesuit General from Rome, Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach known as the Black Pope.

After Fr. Krettek's appointment, Fr. Grummer was subsequently appointed the new regional assistant for the U.S. Assistancy and general counselor, succeeding Fr. Frank Case, SJ.

The General Council is composed of 12 men, 10 of whom are regional assistants who serve as liaisons to the various Jesuit entities in the region. Fr. Grummer's now includes the U.S. and various countries such as Belize, Jamaica, and Micronesia, which are either a part of or dependent upon an American province.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the Church and the Society of Jesus in this new job. I look forward to helping Father General in whatever ways I can assist him in promoting the mission of the Society of Jesus," said Fr. Grummer after the ceremony appointing Fr. Krettek as the head of the Wisconsin Provincial.

But the question looms: Did the Blood Oath take place and was the Black Pope in Milwaukee last June to administer it along with the two other priests acting as the monks holding the banners?

The communication director for the Wisconsin Provincial this week was unaware of any Blood Oath ceremony, but asked that any questions be put in writing regarding "it" or any other concerns about the Jesuit Order and their global activities.

Although the Black Pope came to Milwaukee to say Mass last June for Fr. Krettek's high command induction ceremony and no evidence exists the Blood Oath took place, there is substantial evidence in the United States Congressional Record of its existence.

The text of the Jesuit Extreme Oath of Induction is meticulously recorded in the Journals of the 62nd Congress, 3rd Session, of the United States Congressional Record (House Calendar No. 397, Report No. 1523, 15 February, 1913, pp. 3215-3216).

However, without explanation, the text was subsequently torn out of the Congressional Record, but not before it was copied word for word by several researchers, including Ian Paisley for the European Institute of Protestant Studies. 



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