The Secret History of the Jesuits
Video part 3 of 15
by Dr. Alberto Rivera
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Foreword by Edmond Paris.
The Founding of the Jesuit Order
Ignatius of Loyola
The founder of the Society of Jesus, the Spanish Basque don Inigo Lopez de Recalde, was born at the castle of Loyola, in the province of Guipuzcoa, in
1491. He was one of the strangest types of monk-soldier ever engendered by the Catholic world; of all the founders of religious orders, he may be the one
whose personality has left the strongest mark on the mind and behaviour of his disciples and successors. This may be the reason for that “familiar look” or “trade-mark”, a fact which goes as far as physical resemblance. Mr. Folliet disputes this fact, but many documents prove the permanence of a “Jesuit” type through the ages. The most amusing of these testimonies is found at the Guimet museum; on the golden background of a 16th century screen, a Japanese artist portrayed, with all the humour of his race, the landing of the Portuguese, and of the sons of Loyola in particular, on the Nipponese islands. The amazement of this lover of nature and bright colours
is obvious in the way he depicted those long, black shadows with their mournful faces on which is congealed all the arrogance of the fanatic ruler. The
likeness between the work of the oriental artist of the 16th century and our Daumier of 1830 is there for all to see.
Like many other saints, Inigo—who later Romanised his name and became Ignatius—looked far from being the one predestined to enlighten his
contemporaries. His stormy youth was filled with mistakes and even “heinous crimes”. A police report said he was “treacherous, brutal, vindictive”. All his biographers admit that he yielded to none of his boon companions regarding the violence of the instincts, then a common thing.
“An unruly and conceited soldier”, said one of his confidants—”he led a disorderly life as far as women, gambling and duels were concerned”,
(1) “La Croix”, 31 st of July 1956.
(2) Like Saint Augustine, Saint Francis of Assisi and many others.
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