By Malachi Martin
In The Jesuits, Malachi Martin unearths for the 1st time the harrowing behind-the-scenes tale of the "new" around the world Society of Jesus. The leaders and the dupes; the blood and the pathos; the politics, the betrayals and the humiliations; the unheard-of alliances and compromises. The Jesuits tells a real tale of this present day that's already altering the face of all our tomorrows.
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As liiigo had intended, that power of "the Black Pope" and his Company was harnessed to papal will, even unto the death of the Order itself. In 1 773, when Pope Clement XIV decided- correctly or incorrectly-that a stark choice had to be made between the extinction of the papacy or the death of the Jesuit Order, he alone and by his own personal decision abolished the Society of Jesus. By an officially published document, he disbanded the 23, 000 Je suits altogether, and he put their Father General and his advisers 32 THE WAR into papal dungeons, even as he imposed exile and slow death on thousands of Jesuits who were stranded without help or support in dangerous parts of the world.
This was during the brief lifetime of Augusto Cesar Sandino, the son of a dirt farmer who became a very successful revolutionary general . By 1 926, while still in his twenties, he was strong enough militarily and expert enough in guerrilla tactics to elude capture by a force of 2000 U . S . Marines and b y t h e Nicaraguan National Guard. H i s military prowess and leadership were so compelling that he forced Presi dent Franklin D. Roosevelt to establish the famous "Good Neigh- THE TESTING GROUND 53 bar Policy.
As an institution, it has always been bound to the papacy. Its Professed members have always been bound to the Pope by a sacred oath of absolute obedience. For 425 years, they stood at the papacy's side, fought its battles, taught its doctrines, suffered its defeats, defended its positions, shared its power, were attacked by its enemies, and constantly promoted its interests all over the globe . They were regarded by many as they regarded themselves, as "Pope's Men"; and the many extraor dinary privileges granted by Popes over the centuries were as badges of the trust the papacy placed in the Society.