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Jesuit Casuistry

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Definition:   The historical use of “whatever means necessary” to promote the truth of Catholicism and the supremacy of the Pope. Founded by Ignatius of Loyola and sanctioned by Pope Paul III in 1540, the Jesuits became stout participants in the counter-reformation. Fiercely loyal to the pope, for centuries the powerful Jesuits acted as a network of spies and insurgents in Protestant countries. The Jesuits were the primary agent in the slaughter of the French Huguenots. They were plotters of sedition and assassinations in England. Through Francis Xavier, they promoted forced conversions in Asia.

Discussion: Christians are to submit to the teachings of their head, Jesus. Submitting to another head (the papacy), the Jesuits abandoned the use of godly means in order to achieve worldly gains on behalf of the Catholic Church. The apostle Paul describes Christian warfare as a spiritual enterprise – we are not to use “weapons of the flesh” (2 Cor. 10:4), but rather to conquer the world through “spiritual weapons” – such as truth, charity, prayer, and hope.

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