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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

I was right, Chris Matthews is a Jesuit.

I was listening to some of Chris Matthew’s latest pontifications being played and discussed today and I’ve long suspected he was much more than just a partisan hack. He’s part of the ‘bring down America’ cabal, i. e., those behind or in league with the NWO elites.

I wondered to myself if he was a Jesuit, one of the Vatican's assassins. I looked on Wikipedia and saw where he was a catholic but no mention of Jesuits so I did a search on his name and the word ‘Jesuit’ and low and behold the article below answered the question in the affirmative.

Chris Matthews is on a mission. It’s hard to find a more divisive human being on the planet. And that is his mission, to stir up as much distrust, dissent, hatred, vitriol, etc., as he can. His target is every group, anywhere he can create a fracture and get people at each others throats.

He sounds like a raving maniac at times and you just know he can’t really believe what he is saying. So why is he saying it. It’s not to get attention for his low rated TV shows, his ratings testify to that. This is a sign that he is one of them, the Jesuits!

Reilly: Jesuits have their day

If you went to a Jesuit school, as I did, sooner or later you will run into one of your co-religionists who is also a wise guy and who will say, "Oh, too bad you didn't go to a Catholic one."

But at the same time, the Jesuits carry a reputation of a fierce, almost fanatical loyalty to the church and specifically to the Papacy that has led them to be called "God's marines."

Now we have a pope who is also a Jesuit, something unique in the history of the Catholic Church. And Catholics and non-Catholics alike can be forgiven for asking, just what does that mean?

Many people, in and out of the church, mainly know Jesuits from their portrayal in books and movies. Think of "The Mission" or "The Exorcist," the latter of which was both one of the scariest movies ever and a great recruiting film, but hardly a complete guide to an organization with a long and sometimes complicated history.

The Jesuits, formally known as the Society of Jesus, are an order of Roman Catholic priests and brothers, founded by in 1539 by a Basque nobleman, Ignatius of Loyola.

As a young soldier, Ignatius had been badly wounded in battle. During a long and painful recovery he had only two books to read - one about the life of Christ and another about the lives of the saints.

The experience changed Ignatius, but not so much that he forgot all of his training. And the order he founded, initially called the Company of Jesus, has always carried a certain military air. The founding documents of the order declare the members to be "soldiers of God." The head of the order is known as its superior general.

As missionaries and teachers, the Jesuits spread to every part of the globe and nearly everyplace they established schools, and they are still known primarily as teachers and scholars. There are 28 Jesuit universities and colleges around the United States, known for their scholastic rigor and, at least this year, only having one entry in the Sweet Sixteen.

Now, if you are going to run institutions of higher learning, it's going to mean a certain open-mindedness, welcoming to multiple points of view and ideas, even freethinking, right alongside adherence to your church's dogma.

(How else do you explain one particular institution, my alma mater, that can count among its alumni Chris Matthews and Justice Clarence Thomas and Bob Cousy, but I digress.)

The Jesuits also have a commitment to social justice that has earned them more martyrs in the last century.

All this has given the Jesuits a reputation as rebels within the church, even if that doesn't seem to go along with the order's supposed unswerving loyalty. (By the way, if you want to get on a Jesuit's good side, casually mention that it was the Dominicans that were the Inquisition's chief heretic hunters. Apologies to you PC alumni out there.)

It's that clash, that tension, that has helped generate the excitement about the current pope; that while he's a theologian of perfectly orthodox bent, he's also an outsider who is heir to a tradition of rigorous scholarship combined with a deep spirituality.

Years ago, at a conference, I happened to be at the table of the evening's main speaker, who got to talking about his family. One brother, he said, was a Jesuit priest, the other a career U.S. Marine officer. (He was a newspaper executive. Hey, somebody's got to be the black sheep.)

One woman at the table said, "Oh, how interesting that two brothers should choose such different careers."

But of course, they weren't different careers. They were exactly the same. The men who chose them would see them as lives devoted to duty, sacrifice, loyalty even in the face of death and of service to a higher cause.

One of God's marines may be exactly what the 21st century church needs.

TOM REILLY is a Sun Chronicle news editor and a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross.

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