From the Desk of Paul Stramer
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It is sometimes said that in America we have the "right to our opinion". I would say rather that we have the responsibility to see to it that our opinion is right, the way God sees it. With that I shall begin with my opinion and some history about Saint Ignatius of Loyola.
I am compelled by my lifelong Catholic Faith and background to set the record straight about what Ignatius of Loyola taught. I shall use his own words, and the 1917 Catholic Encyclopedia to do so.
I note that many if not most of the people who criticize the "Jesuits" refuse to read anything he actually wrote, and won't read anything the Catholic Church has said about the order or the man going back almost 500 years.
The words that follow are my opinion, but not just my opinion. They are irrefutable history going back centuries. My sources are well documented and links will follow each section.
I will start by saying that while people who oppose the Catholic Faith will tolerate most of the orders in the Church like the Franciscans, and others, they mostly have an undying hatred of the Society of Jesus founded by St.Ignatius of Loyola.
I will also say that we are talking here about a Church that is over 2000 years old, and an order that was not approved until September 27th, 1540, by the Papal Bull of Pope Paul III titled "Regimini militantis ecclesia". For a history of the Society of Jesus from the Catholic encyclopedia go here:
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14081a.htm Remember that when you see a link that has cathen in it, it's from the 1917 edition of the Catholic Encyclopedia.
Ignatius of Loyola was born in 1491 at the castle of Loyola above Azpeitia in Guipuscoa; died at Rome, 31 July, 1556. I will not dwell on the early part of his life except to say that he became a soldier and was grievously wounded in the battle of Pampeluna in 1521 and was completely changed by what followed.
For a complete story of his life from the Catholic Encyclopedia :
The Jesuit Legend This is from the Catholic Encyclopedia
"It is curious that at the present day, even literary men have next to no interest in the objective facts concerning the Society, not even in those supposed to be to its disadvantage. All attention is fixed to the Jesuit legend; encyclopedia articles and general histories hardly concern themselves with anything else. The legend, though it reached its present form in the middle of the nineteenth century, began at a much earlier period. The early persecutions of the Society (which counted some 100 martyrs in Europe during its first century) were backed up by fiery, loud, unscrupulous writers such as Hassenmueller and Hospinian, who diligently collected and defended all the charges against the Jesuits. The rude, criminous ideas which these writers set forth received subtler traits of deceitfulness and double-dealing through Zahorowski's "Monita Secreta Societatis Jesu" (Cracow, 1614), a satire misrepresenting the rule of the order, which is freely believed to be genuine by credulous adversaries (see Monita Secreta). The current version of the legend is late French, evolved during the long revolutionary ferment which preceded the Third Empire. It began with the denunciations of Montlosier (1824-27), and grew strong (1833-45) in the University of Paris, which affected to consider itself as the representative of the Gallican Sorbonne, of Port-Royal, and of the Encyclopédie. The occasion for literary hostilities was offered by attempts at University reform which, so Liberals affected to believe, were instigated by Jesuits. Hereupon the "Provinciales" were given a place in the University curriculum, and Villemain, Theirs, Cousin. Michelet, Quinlet, Libri, Mignet, and other respectable scholars succeeded by their writings and denunciations in giving to anti-Jesuitism a sort of literary vogue, not always with scrupulous observance of accuracy or fairness. More harmful still to the order were the plays, the songs, the popular novels against them. Of these the most celebrated was Eugène Sue's "Juif errant" (Wandering Jew) (1844), which soon became the most popular anti-Jesuit book ever printed, and has done more than anything else to give final form to the Jesuit legend.
The special character of this fable is that it has hardly anything to do with the order at all, its traits being simply copied from masonry. The previous Jesuit bogey was at least one which haunted churches and colleges, and worked through the confessional and the pulpit. But this creation of modern fiction has lost all connection with reality. He (or even she) is a person, not necessarily a priest, under the command of a black pope who lives in an imaginary world of back stairs, closets, and dark passages. He is busy with plotting and scheming, mesmerizing the weak and corrupting the honest, occupations diversified by secret crimes or melodramatic attempts at crimes of every sort. The ideal we see is taken over bodily from the real, or the supposed method of the life of the Continental mason. Yet this is the sort of nonsense about which special correspondents send telegrams to the papers, about which revolutionary agitators and crafty politicians make long inflammatory speeches, which standard works of reference discuss quite gravely, which none of our popular writers dares to expose as an imposture (see Brou, op cit. infra, II, 199-247)."
The answers to many of the accusations against the Society of Jesus are contained in another article, again from the Catholic Encyclopedia of 1917 here:
And now for the actual writing of the man himself. What was he about? What was his real mission? How did he accomplish that mission. Was it with a sword? NO! It was with ideas.
The Romans learned over 20 centuries ago that you can't fight an idea with swords. They tried that and failed. They tried to wipe Christianity from the face of the earth and utterly and completely failed.
YOU CAN ONLY FIGHT AN IDEA WITH ANOTHER IDEA!
An explanation and history of his writings: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14224b.htm
So from the words of Saint Ignatius of Loyola here are his ideas.
A short work composed by St. Ignatius of Loyola and written originally in Spanish.
Read the actual text. Just click next>> at the bottom of each page.
https://archive.org/details/a588350800loyouoft Another way to read the actual book. Wait for the book to appear in the black box at the top of the page then on the right toward the top click the spyglass.
To turn the pages click the arrows at the bottom right corner.
If you have spent a lifetime in a Protestant religion I don't expect you will even read many of these links.
Most protestants are taught from a young age to hate "the jesuits". I don't have to answer for that, thank God. But I am obligated to tell the truth, and make known the history you have probably never had a chance to see, hence this article, which is my fulfillment of my duty to God and His Church.
Now a word about that Church. God is not divided against Himself. He is the One, True God in three divine persons, Father (Creator), Son (Redeemer) and Holy Ghost (Sanctifier). Three divine persons in ONE God.
There is NO other God in the Universe. All besides Him are false and impostors. I hope we can agree on that much at least.
It follows then, that God would not and did not make more than one true religion on this earth.
It is our job, our duty, to find that one true Faith, and get in it, and stay in it till we take our last breath.
By doing so we fulfill our ultimate purpose, the reason we have been given life, which is to know, love, and serve Him in this life that we may be happy with him for all eternity seeing Him as He really is forever.
Of course God demands that we live by those principles, not just profess them. That is the challenge.
We were created for nothing less than eternal and complete happiness with our creator, for all time without end.
DON'T LOOK FOR THAT RELIGION IN ROME! Rome has LOST the Faith. The prophecy of La Salette has been fulfilled. Rome has lost the faith and has become the seat of AntiChrist, but the world does not know this yet. It will as time goes on. Use a search engine to look that up. Type in prophecy of La Salette.
Don't take that to mean that I believe God's Church is gone, or corrupt. It's still very much alive and well, but is much smaller than most people believe. But that is for another article when the time is right.
I know this might leave you with many questions. Good. That is partly what it is meant to do.
Our Lord has made us some promises that have solutions in them. He told us how to pray. He showed us how to live. How well have we imitated those instructions and His example? I think not very well, and that is what Saint Ignatius was focused on when he started the Society of Jesus. He realized way back then, over 468 years ago, that we were in trouble and falling away from true Faith. HE LAID DOWN HIS SWORD, and took up the cross, and set a personal example to help us to salvation. He has been lied about, and demonized, and slandered by the enemies of your soul, until that evil legend is almost an institution, but still, those detractors have NOT succeeded in removing his example, and spiritual exercises.
Don't take my word for any of this, but now that you know, how will you answer to God, if you continue to ignore " the rest of the story" as Paul Harvey would say?
God bless anyone that reads this and takes it seriously.
COME, Holy Ghost, into the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created;
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Let Us Pray
O God, Who didst instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by the gift of the same Spirit we may be always truly wise, and ever rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.