Skip to comments.Why has a Jesuit never been elected Pope, until now?
Posted on 03/16/2013 4:25:22 PM PDT by FoxPro
I have been researching this today and I haven't found anything definitive on this topic. The order was formed in 1540. That is a long time to be shut out.
IIRC, many orders have never “had” a pope. May just mean that no Jesuits were in that league before.
So it is basically a numbers thing.
The dice just never rolled their number?
I was thinking there was a back story...
There is a faction within the church that thinks ‘Jesuit’ equals ‘Satanist’. Seriously. That has worked it’s way into secular culture with many books/movies with religious components use a Jesuit as the bad guy. Hinda like Opus Dei and Dan Brown. Same kinda thing.
It’s an interesting question. First, maybe find out what % of Cardinals belong to a particular order, Dominican, Jesuit and so on. Then see where those Cardinals are from, especially looking at Italy if you go back farther than the last few Popes. Then you would have to look at the ages of the Cardinals (can’t be too young or too old) and if they coincided in a suitable way with conclaves. Maybe it’s just something like black left handed knuckleball pitchers, a minority of a minority of a minority.
Maybe the order of Albino Asassin Monks wouldn’t take orders from a Jesuit until recently.
I have been thinking that Pope Francis had a connection to St Francis of Xavier because of both being of the Jesuit order and similar church histories and both from the Southern Hemisphere. I’ll have to change my thinking even though I still wonder why there is no mention of Francis Xavier in Pope Francis’s life..
Historically, the Jesuits were the “zealots”... indeed for centuries the Jesuits were the “enforcement” order, established to make certain the Pope’s orders were followed.
When a priest “stepped out of line”, it was the Jesuits that often would “come knocking”.
I believe part of the answer is that the Jesuits don’t usually “seek” higher office. I think I have only seen one Jesuit bishop, a monsignor, and the rest were priests. it’s unusual for a Jesuit to be in an office high enough for consideration. This is not the only reason, obviously. And I am only speaking from my own experience. Numbers could be different worldwide.
Their Order didn’t allow them to take higher offices outside the Order. It’s part of the promises they make when they join the Order. “ Jesuit priests at the time of their solemn and final profession in the Society of Jesus promise: I will never strive or ambition, not even indirectly, to be chosen or promoted to any prelacy or dignity in or outside the Society; and I will do my best never to consent to my election unless I am forced to do so by obedience to him who can order me under penalty of sin (Constitutions S.J., Part X, N°6 ).”
If they do serve outside the Order they lose their voice within the Order and are no longer under obedience to the Superior General.
A very interesting question and a very informative, educational thread. Thanks to all posters.
What an interesting Inquisition!
Why the first Jesuit pope is a big deal
By Caleb Bell, Religion News Service, The Washington Post, March 14, 2013
Jesuits are bound by oath not to seek higher office in the Roman Catholic Church, and now one of them has been elected to its highest office: Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Christ, Pontifex Maximus.
Pope Francis, the first Jesuit to become pope, not only represents a paradox for the papacy, but also the larger history of the Society of Jesus, as the Jesuits are formally known.
These are all very good answers.
I am in awe of people who participate in the forums of Freerepublic.com
Thank you all for tonight’s education.
Most Cardinals are chosen from the diocesan ranks. “Diocesan” means one is not a member of a religious order like the Jesuits, Franciscans, Dominicans, Benedictines, and so on.
The last line of Nostradamus’ last quatrain regarding the Papal prophecies describes Petraeus Romanus as being the “Black Red”.
The color black has long been associated with the Jesuit Order.
The real power behind the Papal throne in the Vatican has long been rumored to be the Jesuit General or the “Black Pope”, and Jesuits have long been associated with the CFR, Bildenburgers, Trilatteralists, the global banking cabal and the Mafia, as well as most if not all of the world’s intelligence agencies.
The more I research the Jesuit Order, the spookier it gets.
Are you aware of the oath that Jesuits reputedly take when they become “professed” or of high degree?
The Extreme Oath of the Jesuits:
“1, _ now, in the presence of Almighty God, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the blessed Michael the Archangel, the blessed St. John the Baptist, the holy Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul and all the saints and sacred hosts of heaven, and to you, my ghostly father, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, founded by St. Ignatius Loyola in the Pontificate of Paul the Third, and continued to the present, do by the womb of the virgin, the matrix of God, and the rod of Jesus Christ, declare and swear, that his holiness the Pope is Christ’s Vice-regent and is the true and only head of the Catholic or Universal Church throughout the earth; and that by virtue of the keys of binding and loosing, given to his Holiness by my Savior, Jesus Christ, he hath power to depose heretical kings, princes, states, commonwealths and governments, all being illegal without his sacred confirmation and that they may safely be destroyed.
Therefore, to the utmost of my power I shall and will defend this doctrine of his Holiness’ right and custom against all usurpers of the heretical or Protestant authority whatever, especially the Lutheran of Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and the now pretended authority and churches of England and Scotland, and branches of the same now established in Ireland and on the Continent of America and elsewhere; and all adherents in regard that they be usurped and heretical, opposing the sacred Mother Church of Rome.
I do now renounce and disown any allegiance as due to any heretical king, prince or state named Protestants or Liberals, or obedience to any of the laws, magistrates or officers.
I do further declare that the doctrine of the churches of England and Scotland, of the Calvinists, Huguenots and others of the name Protestants or Liberals to be damnable and they themselves damned who will not forsake the same.
I do further declare, that I will help, assist, and advise all or any of his Holiness’ agents in any place wherever I shall be, in Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, England, Ireland or America, or in any other Kingdom or territory I shall come to, and do my uttermost to extirpate the heretical Protestants or Liberals’ doctrines and to destroy all their pretended powers, regal or otherwise.
I do further promise and declare, that notwithstanding I am dispensed with, to assume my religion heretical, for the propaganda of the Mother Church’s interest, to keep secret and private all her agents’ counsels from time to time, as they may entrust me and not to divulge, directly or indirectly, by word, writing or circumstance whatever; but to execute all that shall be proposed, given in charge or discovered unto me, by you, my ghostly father, or any of this sacred covenant.
I do further promise and declare, that I will have no opinion or will of my own, or any mental reservation whatever, even as a corpse or cadaver (perinde ac cadaver), but will unhesitatingly obey each and every command that I may receive from my superiors in the Militia of the Pope and of Jesus Christ.
That I may go to any part of the world withersoever I may be sent, to the frozen regions of the North, the burning sands of the desert of Africa, or the jungles of India, to the centers of civilization of Europe, or to the wild haunts of the barbarous savages of America, without murmuring or repining, and will be submissive in all things whatsoever communicated to me.
I furthermore promise and declare that I will, when opportunity present, make and wage relentless war, secretly or openly, against all heretics, Protestants and Liberals, as I am directed to do, to extirpate and exterminate them from the face of the whole earth; and that I will spare neither age, sex or condition; and that I will hang, waste, boil, flay, strangle and bury alive these infamous heretics, rip up the stomachs and wombs of their women and crush their infants’ heads against the walls, in order to annihilate forever their execrable race. That when the same cannot be done openly, I will secretly use the poisoned cup, the strangulating cord, the steel of the poniard or the leaden bullet, regardless of the honor, rank, dignity, or authority of the person or persons, whatever may be their condition in life, either public or private, as I at any time may be directed so to do by any agent of the Pope or Superior of the Brotherhood of the Holy Faith, of the Society of Jesus.
In confirmation of which, I hereby dedicate my life, my soul and all my corporal powers, and with this dagger which I now receive, I will subscribe my name written in my own blood, in testimony thereof; and should I prove false or weaken in my determination, may my brethren and fellow soldiers of the Militia of the Pope cut off my hands and my feet, and my throat from ear to ear, my belly opened and sulphur burned therein, with all the punishment that can be inflicted upon me on earth and my soul be tortured by demons in an eternal hell forever!
All of which, I, _, do swear by the Blessed Trinity and blessed Sacraments, which I am now to receive, to perform and on my part to keep inviolable; and do call all the heavenly and glorious host of heaven to witness the blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist, and witness the same further with my name written and with the point of this dagger dipped in my own blood and sealed in the face of this holy covenant.”
(He receives the wafer from the Superior and writes his name with the point of his dagger dipped in his own blood taken from over his heart.)
So... Even though the new Pope did not choose the name of “Petraeus”, was the prophecy of the “Black Pope” all that far off?
Basically for the same reason we have never had a US Marine as President.
But things can change.
Robert Philip Hanssen was a FBI agent who spied for Soviet and Russian intelligence services against the United States for 22 years from 1979 to 2001. He was a very active member of Opus Dei.
Back when I was young I flirted with Libertarianism for a while. For a few years I read a paleo-conservative magazine called Chronicles, published by Thomas Fleming. (there are 2 well known men with that name) This Thomas Fleming attended the same Church as Philip Hanssen and both were members of Opus Dei.
Now, I am not condeming Opus Dei for one man’s actions. That would be wrong. But I found it an interesting coincidence.