This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ... the ruins of that Church of whose unchanging spirit it is the genuine type and representative. In prosecuting the ends of ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ... the ruins of that Church of whose unchanging spirit it is the genuine type and representative. In prosecuting the ends of their institution, the Jesuits have adhered with singular fidelity to its distinguishing spirit. As the instructors of youth, their solicitude has ever been less to enlarge the sphere of human knowledge than to bar out what might prove dangerous to clerical domination; they have confined their pupils to mere literary studies, which might amuse without awakening their minds, and make them subtle dialecticians without disturbing a single prejudice of the dark ages. As missionaries, they have been much more industrious and successful in the manual labor of baptizing all nations than in teaching them the Gospel.f As theologians, they have uniformly preferred the views of Molina; regarding these, if not as more agreeable to Scripture and right reason, at least (to use the language of a late writer) as "more consonant with the common sense and natural feelings of mankind."; As controversialists, they were the decided foes of all reform and all reformers, from within or without the Church. As moralists, they cultivated, as might be expected, the loosest system of casuistry, to qualify themselves for directing the consciences of high and low, and becoming, through the confessional, the virtual governors of. mankind. In all these departments they have, doubtless, produced men of abilities; but the very means which they employed to ag Balde, whom the Jesuits honor in their schools as a modern Horace, thus celebrates the longevity of the Society, in his Carmen Secutare de Societate Jem, 1640: --"Profuit quisquis voluit nocere. Cuncta subsident sociis; ubique Exules vivunt, et ubique cives! Sternimus victi, supreamus imi, ...Read Less
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