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The Secret Army of the Papacy
by Shaun Willcock
Jesuit: Member of Society of Jesus, R.C. Order founded by Ignatius Loyola and others (1534); dissembling person, equivocator. – Concise Oxford Dictionary
When two Jesuits meet, the devil is always there to make a threesome. – Old French Proverb
The Roman Catholic Jesuit Order, which also arrogantly calls itself the “Society of Jesus”, is little known, much less understood, today. And yet, not very long ago, this organisation was so well known, that “Jesuitical” was a most derogatory term; the Order was outlawed from almost every Roman Catholic nation; and it was feared and loathed by the inhabitants of all enlightened nations.
Why was this the case? What vile doctrines did the members of this Order hold, and what evil deeds had they committed, to cause such universal reactions against them? And furthermore: the Jesuits are still here; they are still going strong; they have not altered their doctrines, nor repented of their wicked deeds – in fact, they continue to perpetrate them; they remain what they have ever been – the “secret army of the Papacy”, ruthlessly dedicated to the advancement of the Roman Catholic religion, the domination of the world, and the total destruction of Protestantism! They are the most dangerous Order of priests within the Roman Catholic religion, and indeed, the most dangerous organization of men the world has ever known.
Every Christian, as well as every Roman Catholic, needs to be well-informed about the Jesuits and their doings: the Christian, because the Jesuits are the sworn enemies of the Gospel of Christ, and of the Church of the living God (and thus of Christ himself, for to persecute his Church is to persecute the Lord – Acts 9:5); and the Roman Catholic, because it is his “Church” (so-called), the Roman Catholic “Church”, that harbours this diabolical Order, and that blesses its efforts as it goes about its abominable work; and this being so, Roman Catholicism cannot be the Church of Jesus Christ; for, as shall be seen, the doctrines and deeds of the Jesuit Order are absolutely opposed to the Gospel of Christ, and any “Church” that sanctions them cannot be the Church of Christ.
Secular historian Edmond Paris, writing in The Secret History of the Jesuits, made the following pertinent remarks: “There is another reason [for writing against the Jesuits].... At the same time as new generations of readers come, new generations of Jesuits come to light. And these work today with the same tortuous and tenacious methods, which so often in the past set to work the defensive reflexes of nations and governments. The sons of Loyola are today – and may we say more than ever – the leading wing of the Roman Church. As well if not better disguised than of old, they remain the most eminent “ultramontanes”, the discreet but efficacious agents of the Holy See throughout the world, the camouflaged champions of its politics, the ‘secret army of the Papacy’.
For this reason, the subject of the Jesuits will never be exhausted and, even though the literature concerning them is so plentiful [although, as Paris declares on the same page, “most early books retracing the history of the Jesuits cannot be found any more”], every epoch will have the duty to add a few pages to it, to mark the continuity of this occult system started four centuries ago ‘for the greater glory of God’, but in fact for the glory of the pope.” This short article is designed to “add a few pages” to the literature concerning the Jesuits, at a time when so little is known of them, and yet so much needs to be known. It is designed for widespread dissemination, and it is the prayer of the author that, if the Lord wills, it will have a wide circulation in these dreadful days of ecumenism and apostasy.
The Origin of the Jesuits
The Jesuit Order, which has brought so much bloodshed and suffering upon the world, originated with a man named Ignatius de Loyola, born in 1491. Loyola was a Spanish basque who became a fanatical Romanist after living a debauched life as a soldier. Amidst much fasting and self-flagellation he claimed to have many visions of God and of Mary, the Roman Catholic goddess. In Spain he studied Romanist theology, and wrote a book entitled The Spiritual Exercises. This was to become the textbook of the Jesuit Order.
Loyola founded the so-called “Society of Jesus” in 1534, with a small band of friends; and in 1540, the Jesuit “Constitution” was drafted. Pope Paul III issued a bull approving (and thus officially “founding”) the Jesuits as a religious order of the Roman Catholic “Church”. But here a most important fact must be carefully noted, for it throws such light on the real nature of the Society: Loyola established the Society before it received papal approval! The little band of men who made up the Society at its inception in 1534 vowed to obey Loyola, as the General of the organisation, before they ever went to the pope! It was not Loyola’s original intention to submit his Society to the pope, but only to himself as its General. He had ambitions of his own. Only if he found it absolutely necessary, did Loyola intend to seek papal approval for his Society.
And this fact is borne out by a Roman Catholic author, Alban Butler, who wrote, “In 1534... St. Ignatius and his six companions... made a vow at Montmartre to visit the Holy Land, and unite their labours for the conversion of the infidels; or, if this should be found not practicable, to cast themselves at the feet of the pope, and offer their services wherever he thought fit to employ them.” This fact, so often overlooked, is tremendously significant. The truth is that it was only when Loyola and his small group failed to begin work in Palestine, and cast their eyes towards Europe as a field of operation, that Loyola approached the pope for papal approval – knowing as he did that, there being so many religious orders already in Europe, he could not work in Europe without such approval.
This means that, ever since its founding, the Society has been totally dedicated, first and foremost, not to the pope, but to the Jesuit General. The Jesuits are a law unto themselves. While outwardly acknowledging the authority of the pope of Rome, their real allegiance is to the Jesuit General. All orders come from the General; even the pope’s instructions are only passed on if the General sees fit. It is not surprising that the Jesuit General came to be known as the “black pope”. Naturally enough, when Loyola approached Paul III, the latter had strong reservations. It was not difficult to discern that men swearing absolute obedience to their General would be independent of the Papacy and thus dangerous to it, even though they professed to be submissive to it. Loyola cunningly suggested that the Jesuits also take a vow of obedience to the pope, to go wherever he should send them; and Paul III agreed to this, and sanctioned the Society. Yet, in practice, the Jesuits have never taken any notice of this vow. The pope is only obeyed when it suits them.
What is the purpose of the Jesuit Order? Why does it exist? It is quite simple: the Jesuits seek to convert the world to Roman Catholicism. And in order to achieve this goal, they have not hesitated to use every means, both fair and foul – especially foul. They have not hesitated to lie, cheat, commit murder, or use revolution, if need be, to further their aims. At the very top of their priorities has always been the destruction of Protestantism, as shall be seen. For the spiritual conflict must be discerned in all this: Satan’s ages-long war on the Church of the living God (Rev.12). For centuries, Rome has been the centre of Satan’s assault on the saints of God (Rev. 13:7; 17:1-6; 18:24; Dan. 7:25). Through the Inquisition and other means, the devil sought to wipe out the Church of Christ. Then, with the formation of the Jesuit Order in the sixteenth century, a new and deadly weapon was created to be used against biblical Christianity.
Mention was made earlier of a book penned by Loyola, entitled “The Spiritual Exercises”. This, and the “Constitutions”, are used in the preparation of Jesuit recruits for their task.
The “Spiritual Exercises” work on the imagination of the candidate, helped by a “director”. Various biblical scenes are “relived” in front of him, beautiful ones alternating with frightening ones. His sighs, inhalings, breathing, and periods of silence are all noted down. After a number of weeks of this, he is ready for indoctrination. Obedience is absolutely vital to the Jesuit Order. Every Jesuit must be in total obedience to his superior, obeying him without question. In the Constitutions of the Order, it is repeated some 500 times that the Jesuit must see in the General, not a fallible man, but Christ himself! This was said by a professor of Roman Catholic theology. In the words of Ignatius: “We must see black as white, if the Church says so.”
The Jesuit probationer is required by the Constitution to be as a corpse, able to be moved in any direction (Part IV, Chapter 1); striving to acquire perfect resignation and denial of his own will and judgment (Part III, Chapter 1). According to the Constitution (Part IV, Chapter 5), the Jesuit may even sin, if the superior commands it – for sin will not be sin in such a case! In the “Society of Jesus”, there is a greater authority than the pope, and a greater authority (as far as the Jesuits are concerned) than God himself – and that is the General. For what God has declared to be sin, the General can declare to be no sin. The Jesuits readily dispense with the laws of God, if it suits them. “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isa. 5:20). It is precisely this type of abominable doctrine that has enabled the Jesuits to commit murders, depose kings, destroy governments, without any fear of divine punishment. “The end justifies the means”, is a fundamental, albeit unwritten, rule of the Jesuit Order. Never has a more fanatical and powerful Society existed upon the earth.
While, in general, the Roman Catholic institution has never had any qualms about “re-interpreting”, or even dispensing entirely with, the commandments of God – of the Papacy it was prophesied that it shall “think to change times and laws” (Dan. 7:25) – the Jesuits, in particular, are masters at this. In this way they have often endeared themselves to the people, and in particular to the upper classes, whom they have always sought to control. By being lenient in the confessional, imposing slight penances for sins or even justifying sin whenever it suited them, they became the most popular confessors of the rich and powerful in many lands – and still are. And naturally, as their popularity as confessors grew, so their influence over the upper classes grew, and consequently their control over governments. For it must be understood that confession of sins to a priest is absolutely essential for salvation, according to Roman Catholic theology: the Romanist must confess to a priest, and that priest must absolve the penitent of sin. This is not the teaching of God’s Word, which declares that sins must be confessed to God, who alone has the power to forgive them (Psa. 32:5; Lk. 11:4).
Here are some examples of their subtlety and wickedness: Regarding the commandment, “Thou shalt not bear false witness” (Exod. 20:16), the Jesuits (if it was to their advantage) would teach adulterous women that if their husbands asked them if they had broken the conjugal contract, they could reply in the negative, because the contract still existed. One can imagine how such a teaching would appeal to an adulterous woman who came to confession – and how the Jesuit influence over her would be strengthened. They have taught that a servant who helps his master seduce a girl is not committing a mortal sin if, by refusing to help, he will be ill-treated by his master; that, if a young girl is pregnant, a miscarriage can be induced if her pregnancy will bring dishonour to herself or a priest. They have readily dispensed with the laws of God in order to protect themselves.
A Jesuit named L’Amy taught that “A monk or priest is allowed to kill those who are ready to slander him or his community”; and, “If a Father [priest], yielding to temptation, abuses a woman and she publicises what has happened, and, because of it, dishonours him, this same Father can kill her to avoid disgrace!” Is it any wonder that the Jesuits have often resorted to murder? Jesuit theologians have repeatedly, in their writings, justified the telling of lies if to do so is advantageous to the Society. Scripture declares that “all liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone” (Rev. 21:8); but by advocating “equivocation” and “mental reservation”, the disciples of Loyola have convinced themselves that certain lies are not lies, when the end justifies the means.
As for the murder of kings and rulers, this has often been justified in Jesuit writings. For example, a Jesuit named Juan Mariana taught, in great detail, the lawfulness of the murder of rulers, as far back as 1599; and his book bore the imprimatur of the Jesuit Order – the Order gave permission for it to be published, its doctrines having been previously sanctioned by “learned and distinguished” Jesuits. As for any prince or king whom the pope has excommunicated, it is actually meritorious to kill him, according to Jesuit doctrine.
The history of the past four centuries is filled with documented examples of the murder of rulers by this diabolical Order. But it is particularly against Protestantism that the Jesuits have directed all their venom. For over four centuries they have worked tirelessly for its destruction. And they have sought to use every method at their disposal to accomplish this, including seeking to murder the “Doctors [teachers] of the Reformed Churches”.
Let us now proceed to an examination of what the Jesuits have actually done, both politically and religiously, bearing in mind that the ultimate purpose of the Order is to destroy all that is known as “Protestantism”, which of course includes biblical Christianity (the two are not synonymous in every instance: while biblical Christianity is most definitely Protestant, by no means all that is termed Protestant can be equated with biblical Christianity), and to subjugate the world to the Papacy.