The Jesuits: A History from Ignatius to the Present by John W. O'Malley SJ

By John W. O'Malley SJ

As Pope Francis maintains to make his mark at the church, there's elevated curiosity in his Jesuit background—what is the Society of Jesus, how is it varied from different spiritual orders, and the way has it formed the realm? In The Jesuits, acclaimed historian John W. O’Malley, SJ, presents crucial ancient heritage from the founder Ignatius of Loyola in the course of the current.

The e-book tells the tale of the Jesuits’ nice successes as missionaries, educators, scientists, cartographers, polemicists, theologians, poets, consumers of the humanities, and confessors to kings. It tells the tale in their disasters and of the calamity that struck them in 1773 whilst Pope Clement XIV suppressed them around the world. It tells how a next pope restored them to lifestyles and the way they've got fared to this present day in nearly each state on the earth. alongside how it introduces readers to key figures in Jesuit background, similar to Matteo Ricci and Pedro Arrupe, and demanding Jesuit writings, similar to the Spiritual Exercises.

Concise and compelling, The Jesuits is an available creation for somebody drawn to international or church historical past. as well as the narrative, the ebook presents a timeline, a listing of important figures, images of vital figures and destinations, thoughts for added interpreting, and more.

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This striking omission in the papal bull stands as a warning of the limitations of normative documents in trying to understand the Jesuits. It is imperative to go beyond them to see how the Jesuits put norms into practice—or ignored or went beyond them. THE FIRST YEARS Even before Paul III’s approval of the Society, young men were knocking at the door seeking admission. By 1549 Jesuits lived and worked in twenty-two cities but had houses of their own in only seven—Goa, Lisbon, Coimbra, Gandia, Rome, Padua, and Messina.

The most prosperous province in numbers and prestige was Portugal, due largely to the favor of King John III. The king of Spain, Philip II, was cooler toward this new order, but that did not prevent, after a slow start, a considerable influx of members. The largest single concentration of Jesuits was in Rome, where in 1555 some 180 lived, largely because the Roman College, founded just three years earlier, had already become a premier school for the training of Jesuits themselves on an international basis.

18559$ $CH1 07-23-14 15:29:59 PS PAGE 26 2 THE F IRST HUNDRED YEARS I n 1640 the Jesuits celebrated their first centenary. The provinces around the world entered enthusiastically into the occasion. Their superior general, Muzio Vitelleschi, exhorted them to use the occasion to thank God for what in the past hundred years he had wrought through the Society. The Jesuits indeed had much to be thankful for. Historians often describe the mid-seventeenth century as the high-water mark of Jesuit influence and success, after which such troubles began to afflict the Society that the eighteenth century was for them ‘‘the century of calamities,’’ which culminated in 1773 with Pope Clement XIV’s worldwide suppression of the order.

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