By John T. McGreevy
At the beginning of the 19th century, the Jesuits appeared fated for oblivion. Dissolved as a non secular order in 1773 by means of one pope, they have been restored in 1814 by way of one other, yet with in basic terms 600 elderly individuals. but a century later, the Jesuits numbered seventeen thousand males and have been on the forefront of the Catholic Church's growth all over the world. within the usa specifically, foreign-born Jesuits outfitted universities and colleges, aided Catholic immigrants, and served as missionaries. This publication strains this nineteenth-century resurgence, exhibiting how Jesuits nurtured a Catholic modernity via a disciplined counterculture of parishes, faculties, and associations.
Drawing on archival fabrics from 3 continents, American Jesuits and the World tracks Jesuits who left Europe for the USA and Jesuits who left the USA for missionary ventures around the Pacific. each one bankruptcy tells the tale of a revealing or debatable occasion, together with the tarring and feathering of an exiled Swiss Jesuit in Maine, the efforts of French Jesuits in Louisiana to procure Vatican approval of a astounding therapeutic, and the academic efforts of yankee Jesuits in Manila. those tales position the Jesuits on the middle of the global conflict among Catholics and liberal nationalists, and demonstrate how the Jesuits not just revived their very own order yet made sleek Catholicism extra global.
The result's an important contribution to trendy worldwide background and a useful exam of the which means of spiritual liberty in a pluralistic age.
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