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American Jesuits and the World: How an Embattled Religious by John T. McGreevy

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 means of one other, yet with in simple terms 600 elderly individuals. but a century later, the Jesuits numbered seventeen thousand males and have been on the leading edge of the Catholic Church's enlargement all over the world. within the usa specially, foreign-born Jesuits outfitted universities and faculties, aided Catholic immigrants, and served as missionaries. This ebook lines this nineteenth-century resurgence, displaying 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 United States and Jesuits who left the U.S. 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 acquire Vatican approval of a amazing therapeutic, and the academic efforts of yankee Jesuits in Manila. those tales position the Jesuits on the heart of the global conflict among Catholics and liberal nationalists, and show how the Jesuits not just revived their very own order yet made glossy Catholicism extra global.

The result's an incredible contribution to trendy international background and a useful exam of the that means of spiritual liberty in a pluralistic age.

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