The Society of Jesus
What better day to give the real history of the Society of Jesus than the day on which we celebrate the Holy Name of Jesus, the veneration of which name the Society was founded to promote, and the knowledge of which name the Society was founded to spread.
The name Jesuit was first used to describe those who belong to this order in a derogatory sense, and is still being used by those who hate the Church and this order in the same sense today.
There are many critics of all things Catholic who are content to leave the other orders in the Church alone, but who just can't say enough criticism about the Society of Jesus. I admonish them to be very careful, because most of what I have read from their mouths is at least pure fantasy if not outright lies.
What follows below are links to extensive history on the order and what it really is, regardless of who says anything to the contrary. The first obligation when beginning any study of any organization is to read what that organization has to say about itself before reading any criticisms by those who are not members of said organization and are looking at it from the outside. So now you are about to read the real history of the Society of Jesus, good and bad, From the Mind of the Catholic Church as published in her encyclopedia and many more Catholic sources.
All of this was published in the Catholic Encyclopedia before 1917.
"The Society of Jesus is a religious order founded by Saint Ignatius Loyola. Designated by him "The Company of Jesus" to indicate its true leader and its soldier spirit, the title was Latinized into "Societas Jesu" in the Bull of Paul III approving its formation and the first formula of its Institute ("Regimini militantis ecclesia", 27 Sept., 1540). The term "Jesuit" (of fifteenth-century origin, meaning one who used too frequently or appropriated the name of Jesus), was first applied to the society in reproach (1544-52), and was never employed by its founder, though members and friends of the society in time accepted the name in its good sense. The Society ranks among religious institutes as a mendicant order of clerks regular, that is, a body of priests organized for apostolic work, following a religious rule, and relying on alms for their support [Bulls of Pius V, "Dum indefessae", 7 July, 1571; Gregory XIII, "Ascendente Domino", 25 May, 1585]."
Read the rest of this article here: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14081a.htm
Distinguished Jesuits: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14109a.htm
Jesuit Apologetic: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14103a.htm
So Called "Jesuit Oath"
"Robert Ware the forger, the author of "Foxes and Firebrands", who has of late years been so thoroughly exposed by Father Bridgett, traded upon the same prejudices. His more public career began contemporaneously with that of Oates in 1678, and by sheltering himself behind the high reputation of his dead father, Sir James Ware, amongst whose manuscripts he pretended to discover all kinds of compromising papers, he obtained currency for his forgeries, remaining almost undetected until modern times. Many foul aspersions upon the character of individual popes, Jesuits, and other Catholics, and also upon some Puritans, which have found their way into the pages of respectable historians, are due to the fabrications of "this literary skunk", as Fr. Bridgett not unjustifiably calls him (see Bridgett, "Blunders and Forgeries", pp. 209-296)"
Four articles on the history of the Society:
Pre-1750 http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14086a.htm Before the Suppression
1750-1773 http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14096a.htm The Suppression
1773-1814 http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14099a.htm During the Interim
1814-1912 http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14100a.htm After the Restoration
You will notice that most of this is contained at the domain name newadvent.org.
In many ways that website is modernist, and I do NOT agree with many of their opinions, but one this is for sure. They were the first to publish the entire Catholic Encyclopedia of 1917 on the Internet. It was a project that took many years and was done by many volunteer typists entering every word manually. The encyclopedia and the other writings of the early Fathers of the Church can be trusted to be authentic.
I have written many times that I don't believe there is any real Catholic doctrine coming out of the Vatican in our time. I also believe there is a falsification of Church history going on, so I don't trust books that don't have an imprimatur after 1958. The reason is that was the year that Pope Pius XII died and then a few years later the Vatican Counsel II was held. See some history of that here:
And the Catholic Bible on line is here: