Traditionally the Jesuits were not like "Secret Agents," they were more like "Special Forces": they had (have) a special vow of loyalty to the Pope and would go anywhere, at a moment's notice, under any kind of dangerous conditions, to advance the mission which Christ gave to the Church.
Think of the Robert DieNiro and Jeremy Irons movie "The Mission." Those were Jesuits.
Following the formula "The corruption of the best, is the worst," some of the best and worst priests you'll find, are Jesuits.
They have history of high academic achievement and fast-track promotion of able leadership. I had an old pal who was a poor kid back East who applied to a Jesuit Prep School that had 1,500 applicants for 30 openings. He got in because he was super-bright and they gave him a full scholarship because he was super-poor. But he was constantly rubbing elbows with the sons of diplomats and the elites of 3 continents. He joined the Seminary and was ordained. Ended up requesting laicization after 30+ years as a priest, because he was scandalized by worldly Jesuits in high places.
I mention that story because it was typical of a certain generation.
The best of them are simply magnificent. They've got a whole regiment of heroic canonized saints, missionary-martyrs, scientists, men of devotion to God, brilliance and backbone.
The worst are intellectually overstuffed, known for their rebelliousness (the reverse of their special oath of loyalty), way, way over to the Left, proud as pit-hags, and --- 'nuff said.
♥Pope Francis is the good kind.♥
LOL! Oh my did you ever hit the nail on the head!
Thank you for your well reasoned and informative response. I’ve never seen The Mission, but plan to soon.