568129 asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

Why have a lot of countries required that The Society of Jesus (Jesuits) leave their country?

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  • gatita
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    1 decade ago
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    The Jesuits were founded just before the Counter-Reformation (or at least before the date those historians with a classical view of the counter reformation hold to be the beginning of the Counter-Reformation), a movement whose purpose was to reform the Catholic Church from within and to counter the Protestant Reformers, whose teachings were spreading throughout Catholic Europe.

    They were forced to leave many countries, especially in the Far East, due to the fear of their rising influence they had over the inhabitants of that area or country.


    Source(s): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Society_of_Jesus
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  • 1 decade ago

    As to France there is an article

    http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-2801(197806)... (you need to pay to read it).

    If you read this you will know the answer

    One of the dominant figures in this revival was a young Spanish soldier, Inigo Lopez de Recalde, better known to the world as St. Ignatius of Loyola. After some romantic beginnings he became a priest (1538) and was permitted to found the Society of Jesus, a direct attempt to bring the generous and chivalrous traditions of military discipline into the service of religion. This Society of Jesus, the Jesuits, became one of the greatest teaching and missionary societies the world has ever seen. It carried Christianity to India, China and America. It arrested the rapid disintegration of the Roman Church. It raised the standard of education throughout the whole Catholic world; it raised the level of Catholic intelligence and quickened the Catholic conscience everywhere; it stimulated Protestant Europe to competitive educational efforts. The vigorous and aggressive Roman Catholic Church we know to-day is largely the product of this Jesuit revival.


    In my opinion many countries resented the agressiveness the missioneries of the Roman Catholic Church, in many countries the Catholics were a minority (after the Reformation) and they did not want to give the catholics a foothold again.

    "Very opportunely did the Jesuits come to the service of the popedom. Unhampered by the routine of other ecclesiastical orders, they undertook services for which they alone were fit; and, as sharp-shooters and skirmishers, became the most annoying and dangerous antagonists of Protestantism. To a certain freedom of action the Jesuit united the advantages of perfect discipline; obedience was his primary duty. He used his faculties, but their action was controlled by a central authority; every command had to be wrought out with all his skill and energy, without questioning, and at all hazards. It was the aim of the society to discover and develop the peculiar genius of all its members, and then to apply them to the aggrandizement of the church. Soon the presence of the new order, and the fame of its missionaries, spread throughout the world, and successive popes gladly increased the numbers and enlarged the privileges of the society ." http://www.thebookofdays.com/months/july/31.htm

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