“Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key
of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that
were entering in ye hindered.”—Luke 11:52
“Ye have wearied the LORD with your words…When ye say,
Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD…
“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!”—Isaiah 5:20
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments…”
“Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the
knowledge of the truth.”—1 Timothy 2:4
Ignatius Loyola and the Society of the Jesuits
from “Sweet Land of Liberty,” by Charles C. Coffin, originally published 1879
“…Ignatius Loyola, who founded the society of the Jesuits…inspired others with his own lofty zeal. The members of the society went forth to convert the world…To bring about that end by any means were justifiable…
If they have been charitable and kind, they have also blackened history by the darkest of crimes.
If they have lifted men to higher and nobler lives, they have also sent myriads to prison, and burnt hundreds
of thousands at the stake.
Time has not quenched their zeal; and though three hundred and fifty years have passed since their organization, they are still making their power felt in every country, controlling the consciences and actions
Click to read the complete excerpt on Jesuits from Sweet Land of Liberty
by Charles C. Coffin, p. 49–51 originally published 1879.
Ignatius Loyola, the Roman Catholic Church, Jesuit Education
“Jesuit schools are a part of the apostolic mission of the church in building the Kingdom of God…The aim of Jesuit education is the
formation of principled, value-oriented persons for others…”
—#93, “Go Forth and Teach”
“Jesuit education…is faithful to the teachings of the church, especially in moral and religious formation…”
—#95, “Go Forth and Teach”
Jesuit Education then and now
The first Jesuits schools were started around 1545. 463 years later, Jesuit thought and goals have infiltrated and permeated all levels of society and culture around the world through the fields of education, intellectual research, cultural pursuits and centers for the training of lawyers and public officials, just as Pope Paul II encouraged in his Ecclesia America.
Jesuit high schools and colleges tout their teaching of academic excellence and their emphasis on the formation of the whole person: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, morally and spiritually. Theology is taught for the religious education of their Catholic students as well as to strengthen the faith of non-Catholics.
As of January 2008, there were over 160 Jesuit educational institutions—elementary, middle, and high schools; colleges, universities, seminaries, technical institutes, and centers for adult learning—located in over one hundred nations around the world. Jesuits also serve on the faculties of both Catholic and secular schools, just as Pope Paul II requested in his Ecclesia America.
There are 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and 46 Jesuit high schools in the
United States, and one in Puerto Rico.
These 28 US Jesuit Colleges/Universities enroll more than 183,000 students
and offer more than 260 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs
of study. There are well over one million living alumni who have shared in the
Jesuit tradition of educating men and women for others. jesuit.org/JesuitSchools/JesuitCollegeUniversity/default.aspx
The first Catholic and Jesuit higher education institution in the United States, Georgetown University, in Washington, DC, was founded by the Society of
Jesus in 1789.
The Curriculum of Jesuit Schools
The official set of goals and objectives Jesuit educators were to follow in teaching the early grades through college, called in its shortened form, Ratio Studiorum, or Plan of Studies, was begun in 1586, and finalized in 1599.
Besides teaching the Roman Catholic faith, the Ratio Studiorum emphasized the study of Latin, Greek, classical literature, poetry, and philosophy as well as non-European languages, sciences and the arts. The study of literature written in the native tongue (not Latin) and rhetoric were also encouraged.
Go Forth and Teach: the Characteristics of Jesuit Education
Today’s vision for Jesuit schools is found in the 1986 document, Go Forth and Teach: the Characteristics of Jesuit Education, an updated version of the Ratio Studiorum.
Excerpts from Go Forth and Teach are posted on Are You Aware.
The influence of Jesuit education in today’s world
The terms and phrases in Go Forth and Teach: the Characteristics of Jesuit Education, reminded me of educational input I have received in my almost 40 years of involvement in education, either as a student, including a Master’s degree in elementary education; or as an elementary teacher for ten years in a public school system in the 1970s, and as a homeschool teacher for 22 years.
In the 1970s, the college classes I took and the elementary education workshops
I attended emphasized developmental stages of growth, independent learners,
values clarification, children working at their own pace, and the need
for continuing education for adults (since education is a life-long process)—
each of these phrases, as well as others, are discussed in Go Forth and Teach.
Some of the predominant themes and emphases in Homeschooling—worldview, critical thinking, classical education, training leaders, and character training
(to mention a few)—are also characteristics of a Jesuit education.
Warning from Charles Chiniquy 1886
In four chapters of his book, Fifty Years in the Church of Rome, written 120 years ago, (and reviewed on Just the Book), Charles Chiniquy (1809–1899), who had grown up in the Roman Catholic education system and become a priest, well aware of the influence of the Jesuits, warned against getting entangled with a Catholic or Jesuit education.
Ch. 9: Intellectual Education in the Roman Catholic College
“…the United States will soon see their most sacred institutions fall, one after the other, if the Americans continue to send their sons and daughters to the Jesuit colleges and nunneries…
You all know that it is the avowed desire of Rome
to have public education in the hands of the Jesuits. She says everywhere that they are the best, the model teachers.
More research to read
The following links go to my AYA site. I suggest reading them to get a glimpse of the massive Jesuit influence on our American society.
Ignatian Worldview and Jesuit Education
Go Forth and Teach: The Characteristics of Jesuit Education, excerpts
“Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood:”—Psalm 144:11
“The light of the body is the eye…but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.”—Luke 11:34
“For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.”—Proverbs 2:6
“And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
“In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
“And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”
—2 Timothy 2:24–26