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The Jesuits are celebrating the Ignatian Year, which began May 20 and goes to July 31, 2022. The year marks 500 years since the Society of Jesus' founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola, converted and devoted his life to Our Lord. Church Militant's William Mahoney recaps how the Jesuits have mostly lapsed into apostasy.
Pope Francis: "In the Ignatian spirituality, may we truly live this year in the spirit of conversion."
The Ignatian year was kicked off this month with a new book, Walking with Ignatius: A Celebration of the Society of Jesus.
The book contains a series of interviews with the current black pope, a nickname for all the superior generals of the Jesuits.
Arturo Sosa, Jesuit superior general: "We dream of building a community that is stronger than we have now — more just, more inclusive, more sustainable, more human, more open to the Spirit of God."
Once at the head of the Counter-Reformation, a powerful counterfoil to Martin Luther and his errors, the Society of Jesus has become something St. Ignatius would likely suppress.
On balance, the society now peddles Marxism and embraces one of four sins the Bible teaches cries to Heaven for vengeance.
But Martin is just one among many in the United States and abroad.
Schools like Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis defied the bishop and groused to the Vatican to keep in its employ a man in a so-called same-sex marriage.
Outside the United States, there are the Jesuits at Newman College in Melbourne, Australia. Family Life International reported they are "fostering an environment which favors deviant sex but bullies Catholics who try to uphold traditional teaching on sexuality and marriage."
And there's hatred of tradition, demanded by Marxist ideology.
This was recently expressed by Jesuit Thomas Reese, who demanded in an op-ed, "Children and young people should not be allowed to attend such Masses," referring to the Traditional Latin Mass, and thereby contradicting Benedict XVI's 2007 motu proprio, Summorum Pontificum.
Reese also believes the Mass "is not about adoring Jesus or even praying to Jesus."
In his book, The Jesuits, Malachi Martin wrote in the 1980s, "If the Holy See were to suppress the Society now, it would be because this time, no other way could be found to end the war between the Jesuits and papacy — no other way to limit the damage Jesuits do to the cause of the Church."
But with Pope Francis, the first Jesuit in history to be pope, the white pope and black pope have seemingly converged, leaving what could be called a gray pope, which some say, is the Devil's favorite color.
In 2019, the Jesuit superior general worried there was a plot to oust Francis. He was concerned the Church might discontinue the path Francis has been taking.