Why does the Society of Jesus need to be a separate religious order of the Roman Catholic Church?
- ReneLv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
The Society of Jesus is a religious order of the Catholic Church. It was established in 1541, by Ignatius of Loyola with a core group of ten men. The society members, called Jesuits, became papal shock troops, rolling back the progress of the Protestant Reformation in Europe and advancing Catholicism in the new mission lands of Latin America, Asia, and Africa of the late 1500's. There are currently almost 26,000 Jesuits. It is the Catholic Church's largest male religious order and specializes in educational and missionary activities.
Read the testimony of an ex-Society of Jesus member on the link below..
- TolstoyevskyLv 78 years ago
Would need more information on what the Jesuits are up to, but they run Georgetown. If that school is indicative of their attitudes, then it is clear they have abandoned Catholicism. They don't need to be a separate religious order of the Church. They need to be booted out of the Church.
- imacatholic2Lv 78 years ago
The Catholic Church is so big that there is room for all kinds of groups to worship God and serve His people as their God-given talents lead them all the while staying within the Church.
With love in Christ.
- cristoiglesiaLv 78 years ago
The Jesuits are primarily academnicians and missionaries.
this is a statement of the founder of the order St. Ignatius of Loyola:
"Whoever desires to serve as a soldier of God beneath the banner of the Cross in our Society, which we desire to be designated by the Name of Jesus, and to serve the Lord alone and the Church, his spouse, under the Roman Pontiff, the Vicar of Christ on earth, should, after a solemn vow of perpetual chastity, poverty and obedience, keep what follows in mind. He is a member of a Society founded chiefly for this purpose: to strive especially for the defence and propagation of the faith and for the progress of souls in Christian life and doctrine, by means of public preaching, lectures and any other ministration whatsoever of the Word of God, and further by means of retreats, the education of children and unlettered persons in Christianity, and the spiritual consolation of Christ's faithful through hearing confessions and administering the other sacraments. Moreover, he should show himself ready to reconcile the estranged, compassionately assist and serve those who are in prisons or hospitals, and indeed, to perform any other works of charity, according to what will seem expedient for the glory of God and the common good".
The preceding explains in a general way the mission of the Society of Jesus.
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- Anonymous8 years ago
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