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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
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
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
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
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.