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

By John T. McGreevy

ISBN-10: 0691171629

ISBN-13: 9780691171623

At the beginning of the 19th century, the Jesuits appeared fated for oblivion. Dissolved as a non secular order in 1773 through one pope, they have been restored in 1814 via 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 enlargement all over the world. within the usa particularly, foreign-born Jesuits equipped universities and faculties, aided Catholic immigrants, and served as missionaries. This ebook lines 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 arguable 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 incredible therapeutic, and the tutorial efforts of yankee Jesuits in Manila. those tales position the Jesuits on the heart of the global conflict among Catholics and liberal nationalists, and demonstrate how the Jesuits not just revived their very own order yet made glossy Catholicism extra global.

The result's an immense contribution to fashionable worldwide historical past and a useful exam of the which means of spiritual liberty in a pluralistic age.

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