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Posted May 17, 2008
Awesome study in how the Jesuit Order was taken over by radical, New Age/Communist forces and philosophy of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin's Noosphere or Mind-Space that all creation is 'consciousness'. Humanism and Vedantism - healing materialism with spirituality etc. All couched in political activism. Like being a fly on the wall at the Vatican and in the Jesuit meetings. Well documented and plenty of footnotes to do more research for yourself. A MUST READ for anyone doing a study on Jesuits.
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Posted September 20, 2007
Truly insightful book with verifiable content. An ¿eye-opening¿ exposé depicting the influence on the Catholic Church of Liberation-Theology's Marxist/Leninist principles. For verification of the book's accuracy, simply research the Nicaraguan revolution and the role of some ¿liberation theology¿ Jesuits who served in the Sandinista government. For examples, research the revolutionary role of Ernesto Cardenal & other Jesuit priests who fought for the Sandinistas. Also, further verify the content by researching the changes in the mission of the Jesuit Order shortly before and subsequent to Vatican II.
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Posted January 6, 2010
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That it got good reviews from the Wall Street Journal and the National Review says it all. I'm a conservative Catholic and rank amateur historian (of the Church, the Saints, the US and Latin America), but this book is too much. I gave the book three stars in some categories because I am sure someone with preconceived negative notions of anyone with a progressive agenda will find this book effective, enjoyable and motivating for their own tastes. I found it disappointing, sensational and cynical.
The biggest problem with this book is context. Basically there is no deep understanding of historical circumstances (especially in Latin America). The research is based off media and government documents. The latter (especially during the cold war) can be expected to be as one track minded as you can get of anything not acceptable to American foreign policy. While I do not like the idea of priests taking positions in anyone's government, I can't vilify the entire order and slander Pedro Arrupe. But misled priests were the minority and some statements are just plain out of context with no elaboration or attempt at understanding. Instead we get a conspiracy and an impression of a militant anti-american brotherhood. Just great. The Jesuits continue to be the second largest order next to the Franciscans and are still going (much to the chagrin of the author i would imagine). If genuinely interested in the Jesuits there are other newer books out that you might want to look into. If you just want a reinforcement of how your way of life and political views are under siege, this book is probably for you...
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Posted January 17, 2005
This book is not a scholarly work. It is full of quotes that are rarely favored with a decent footnote. The publicist deserves great credit for making this book a best seller.
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Posted February 20, 2010
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