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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; New edition edition (1 Feb. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067165716X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671657161
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.3 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David Brady on 23 April 2009
Format: Paperback
Fr.Malachi Martin exposes those in the Jesuit order who no longer support Papal authority and are clerical rebels of the worst degree.
Fr.Malachi shows that this once extolled order has fallen into the trap of liberalism and Modernism which has taken the order away from the ideals of St.Ignatius.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By NEm on 26 Dec. 2008
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The book is not a history of the Jesuits since the founding of the Society, rather it focuses on 'recent' church politics and tensions between the Society and the Vatican of Pope John Paul II. At the outset I should say that my view of the Society of Jesus is generally more sympathetic than the author's and I disagree with much of his argument.

A strength of this book is that it doesn't pretend to be balanced. The author is a former Jesuit who is clearly unhappy with the direction of the Society. I imagine his audience to be those of the Catholic community who view the Second Vatican Council as having been 'hijacked by liberals', 'misguided', perhaps even 'an aberration'. If you are one of those people, or if you enjoy Jesuit-bashing, I daresay you will enjoy Malachi Martin's book. If you are not, it will give you an alternative view of the largest religious order in the Roman Catholic Church, espoused by someone clearly passionate about his subject.

If you are looking for a history of the Society this book is not for you. Similarly, if you are looking for a 'hagiography', or a balanced approach to the issues and tensions within the order, this book will disappoint. The book is a piece of polemic. Two stars for a first hand account of one side of the story.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Eglington on 19 May 2015
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“Their effort was not to transform the world around them in the light of their faith; their will was that they themselves be transformed – and therefore accepted – by that world.”

I have just read The Jesuits by Malachi Martin (a former Jesuit) and found the answer to many outstanding questions. Either that or thoughts have been confirmed. The author’s quote is highlighted, not to denigrate the Society of Jesus, but to remind the reader of what is at stake – souls and faith. After Vatican II the zeitgeist of modernity swept all before it including those who had hitherto been at the vanguard of Catholic faith.

Within a decade, however, it was democratically decided that the teaching of Saint Ignatius was out of step with modern day values so the rules had to change. Indeed everything changed in the light of what was now known as secular humanism. The Jesuits focused primarily on the needs of the poor and oppressed seemingly forgetting that their essential vocation is the eternal salvation of souls in and through the Lord Jesus Christ and obedience to the Holy See.

The long range forecast for the counter culture of the 1960s was hopelessly optimistic: all you needed was love. The Jesuits had love but the success of their religious order was based on religious discipline and faith in God. For over four hundred years Jesuits stood on the margins of societies and cultures transforming the world and many lives for the better. Yet despite this endorsement of their success the Jesuits decided to transform themselves. The result was a descent into the values of the world and quite often this meant embracing the values of Karl Marx and Marxism.
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