Thursday, August 22, 2013

The constitutions of the Jesuits

Aug 10 2013 | PDS |

"The ravens have ascended to the nests of the nightingales." ` Persian Proverb: Tempore patet Occulta malum…Exsecrabile vaticinium. (Time brings to light hidden evil…The cursed prophecy, come true").

"Cannot discover," wrote the French famous lawyer la Chalotais, -himself educated by the Jesuits- "that the Constitutions of the Jesuits have ever been seen or examined by any tribunal whatsoever, secular or ecclesiastic; by any sovereign – not even by the Court of Chancery of Prague, when permission was asked to print them….. They have taken all sorts of precautions to keep them a secret." {Report on the Constitutions of the Jesuits}.

The most well-known Jesuit motto is Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam.{Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam (A.M.D.G.)} This phrase one Jesuit says recurs some 259 times in the constitutions penned by Loyola. {James Brodrick, S. J., The Origin of the Jesuits}. Another Jesuit, the biographer of Ignatius Loyola, Dominique Bouhours, called the Constitutions a revelation from God, and an "inspiration of the Holy Spirit." Thus, the Constitutions came to be seen by the Jesuits as having absolute authority over every member of the Order. This secret document is, in a manner of speaking, the Mission Statement of the Society of Jesus.

But now, reader, suppose we were to ask them to see these Constitutions, to look inside? They will not produce it. In Regulae Societatis Jesu, vol. 2, 1827, paragraph 26 we read: "No one can tell to persons outside what is done or to be done in the house [the noviatel]; nobody can show them the Constitutions or other documents of that kind, or any other written material about the Rules or Privileges of the Society without permission by the Superior."

Thankfully, we now know what it contains. And what principles do we find therein? What Godly virtues do they contain? Dear reader, of this monstrousity of the Jesuits none should be ignorant. It was aptly described by the French Parliament as a "Collection of 'dangerous and pernicious' teachings and precepts taught by the Jesuits with the approbation of their Superiors," and of every pope since 1540.

The Constitutions provide for a highly centralised form of authority with life tenure for the head of the Order, who the Jesuits call the 'Grey Eminence,' or the "Black Pope." Hence the Jesuits are referred to as the "Black Militia" – for reasons that will soon become apparent. The Constitutions places particular emphasis on the virtues of obedience to Superiors, and special obedience to the pope. One of its cardinal motto (as given by Ignatius) is perinde acsi cadaver esset – "to have no mind of one's own, but to be like a dead body" in the service, of the General – or "Black Pope." {Jean Lacouture, Jesuits: A Multibiography}.

William Russell writes, the Jesuits are, "as chosen soldiers [of the pope]… under the command of a general…this general or head of the order was invested with despotic authority over its members…" and he adds, they are, "required [by the Constitutions and the Secreta Monita] to attend to the transactions of the great of the world, to study the dispositions of persons in power, and to cultivate their friendship." {M. de Monclar}.

Like the Monita, the Constitutions require "Every Jesuit" "to regard the interest of the order as his principal object, to which all other considerations were to be sacrificed… as it was for the honour and advantage of the society [i.e. the Order], that its members should possess as ascendant over persons of rank and power…{M. de Monclar}. James Brodrick comments, "in the Constitutions of his Order, St. Ignatius laid it down that each of his sons {The sons of Loyola} ought to" have "a keen eye for the unconsidered trifles of life." {James Brodrick}.

The Constitutions gave the General immense power. The French lawyer La Chalotais gives us insight into the ultra-fascist nature of the Society of Jesus and the power of its General: "The General of the Jesuit Order is invested with control over every aspect of the government and regulation of the colleges of the society. From his orders there is no appeal – not even the Pope himself can rescind the General's interdict. Not only is he able to release from vows, he is also empowered to examine, by every means, into the consciences of the members of the society. In Short, the General is the Society." {Chalotais}.

To ensure utmost secrecy, the Constitutions of the Sons of Loyola direct that the provincials and superiors shall write to the society's General in cipher. "Such precautions" being "taken against enemies," says the French lawyer M. de La Chalotais. Who are their "enemies," and why the need to write in cipher?

Before sketching in outline – which is all that space would allow-of how the Constitutions came to be discovered by their "enemies," it is instructive to read the words of an impartial commentator. Referring to these sons of Ignatius Loyola, Professor S.F.B. Morse wrote:

And who are these agents? They are …the…Jesuits, an ecclesiastical order proverbial through the world for cunning, duplicity, and total want of moral principle: an order so skilled in all the arts of deception that even in Catholic countries, in Italy itself, it became intolerable…{Samuel Morse}.

Why did Professor Morse-famous inventor of Morse code, and a close friend of President Lincoln-speak so balefully of the Jesuits? To answer this question we must return to the cause of Father La Valette's undoing- the aforementioned French lawsuit against the Jesuits.

As stated earlier, Jesuit Father Père Antoine La Valetter had borrowed heavily from businessmen in France but his ambitious commercial venture failed at sea. Being unable to pay the debt he had incurred, La Valette's creditors sued him and the Jesuit order in the French courts, and won. Their victory, some would say, was an act of God-Digitus Dei {the finger of God} – in that, the wide-ranging geo-political plans of the Society of Jesus were, for the first time, brought before the eyes of men. Now the world had some light and proof of the true purpose of this Great Secret Society. All of France was stunned! The reputation of the Society was left in tatters, destroyed; the Jesuits were brought to disgrace and lost their case.

But watch closely how this drama unfolded. Having lost the argument in the provincial court in the Paris lawsuit, of 1760, the lawyer for the Society of Jesus appealed to the French Parliament. After much argument back and forth, the Jesuits having made several pleas-all of which they were later forced to abandon as hopeless-they prayed in aid one final desperate defence: that the Order could not be held liable for La Valette's actions, as he was a 'renegade,' because, according to the defence, all Jesuits were positively prohibited from engaging in commercial ventures. In this they committed a most serious blunder- they made reference to their Constitutions as the source of this prohibition.

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