The Jesuits: The Society of Jesus and the Betrayal of the Roman Catholic Church
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The Jesuits: The Society of Jesus and the Betrayal of the Roman Catholic Church

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In The Jesuits, Malachi Martin reveals for the first time the harrowing behind-the-scenes story of the "new" worldwide Society of Jesus. The leaders and the dupes; the blood and the pathos; the politics, the betrayals and the humiliations; the unheard-of alliances and compromises. The Jesuits tells a true story of today that is already changing the face of all our tomorrow...more
Paperback, 525 pages
Published February 15th 1988 by Touchstone/Simon & Schuster (first published February 1987)
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Politics is often more than the "art of compromise" that Plato called it. It represents the struggle for domination of ideas and power. Any organization that deals with wealth or ideas will inherently be subject to competing forces in the drive for control. The Catholic Church is no exception, and Malachi Martin has written a riveting history of the "war" between the Papacy and the Society of Jesus, known to the rest of the world as the Jesuits.

The effects of the battles have been profound and...more
It lays out the systematic denaturing of one of the most influential organizations in modern history, and its transformation over a few decades into something its founder would have never recognized.

Chuck Van Buren
Aug 01, 2007 Chuck Van Buren rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested or critical of the Jesuits or the Catholic Church
This book is full of information about both the Jesuits and Vatican II. There are probably better places to learn about both, but if you have an open mind, it presents an extreme perspective that I thought was honest to the author's convictions. I know Martin is a bit controversial, but the book is well written and honestly says some beautiful things at times. You'll see the man's faith written out written on the page at times. If anyone is so partial to the Jesuits or the Catholic hierarchy tha...more
Jan 08, 2009 Rhonda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to know what has happened to the modern church.
Shelves: history
Fascinating account of how liberalism arose in the Jesuit branch of Catholic church and how it spread to North America. It is amazing how so many years can pass and suddenly a generation believes that wholesale change in a very humanistic direction is for God's benefit. Each time I read one of Martin's books, I come away amazed. his novels seem ti have more fundamental truth in them that most non fiction books these days.
Terrible book! Anyone with any sense should stay as far away from this book as possible. As a former Jesuit, the late Fr. Martin has a major axe to grind. He attacks the Jesuits for allegedly derailing Ignatius' mission in the aftermath of Vatican II. Martin represents the wing of the Church that detests the Jesuits' new focus on social justice. Martin is so rabidly opposed to this trend that he spends 1/3 of this very repetitive text lashing out against Liberation Theology and another 1/3 going...more
Charles Maranto
As a graduate of a Jesuit high school, I've always been intrigued by the Jesuits and their history. This book gets into a lot of politics and history. I thought it was fascinating. This book does a hatch-it job on Liberation theology - a political theology that focuses on liberation from unjust economic, political and social conditions.
Dolores Despiau
Learned about St. Ignatius of Loyola, the society he started as a founding father of the Jesuits. The History Of the Jesuits and it's significance in the development of our society today.
I was attracted to read this book by the recent election of Pope Francis, being the first Jesuit Pope. Little did I realize what I was getting into, as this book is nothing less than an open castigation of Jesuitism and the Catholic Church by author Malachi Martin.

Because Martin himself was a former Jesuit, and devout Catholic, this book provides a unique cross section perspective into the history of the Catholic Church and the emergence of South American Liberation Theology. It has been a good...more
This book was my formal introduction to the Jesuits. I had heard of the SJs but I knew little about the order and their relationship with the vatican specifically the pope. Malachi did an admirable job of providing a history of the order as context, its original charter, and the evolution of the same that led to the riff between the order and the holy see. And while it is obvious that Malachi does not agree with course chosen by the Jesuits he offers balance in his criticisms of the popes' appro...more
Jun 03, 2012 Robert added it
Excellent book. I suffered 12 years of my youth at a Jesuit "concentration camp" College. Malachi Martin told how evil this mob is and how much they control the Roman Catholic Church.
Oct 13, 2012 Kelly is currently reading it
An impulse purchase and, on reading other reviews, perhaps not the best one, but it sounds like it will have an interesting perspective if not one I agree with. We'll see.
Trish Remley
This was quite an eye opener. Didn't know this history at all. Actually I knew the early history of St Ignatius and founding of the Jesuits (1500's), but not from say the 1950's on. Wow, marxism, Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, war, ignoring two Popes. At the same time - so educated, so inventive, working for the people. This story only goes up to 1984 or so and the beginning of John Paul II. Need to find out what has happened since. This book was so full of information and I really had to pay attenti...more
Ben B
Feb 26, 2011 Ben B rated it 3 of 5 stars
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A remarkable insight into the history and intrigues of the society. Eye-opening.
Michael Tien
Fascinating account, interesting insights to politics and a period of church history.
Interesting, informative and insightful.
The other face of catholicism.
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