The Suppression of the Jesuits

by Jim Manney

IHS - Jesuit sealIf you’re interested in Jesuit history, read the latest issue of the journal Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits. It examines the Suppression of the Jesuits, one of the most astonishing and mysterious episodes in the history of the Church. Pressured by the royal courts of Portugal, France, and Spain, Pope Clement XIV suppressed the Society in 1773. Jesuits throughout the world had to renounce their vows and were driven into exile. The suppression lasted until 1814, when Pope Pius VII restored the Society.

The Jesuits weren’t blameless. The author of the article quotes a Jesuit of the time who admitted that “there was much pride among us,” and the Society made many mistakes in its political dealings. But the suppression was mainly the result of political machinations. You can download a copy of the article at the Journal’s website.

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Jim Manney

Senior Editor at Loyola Press
Jim Manney is a popular writer on Ignatian topics (God Finds Us, A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer) as well as the editor of many books on Ignatian spirituality, including What Is Ignatian Spirituality? He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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