The Black Pope
by M. F. Cusack
The Black Pope
by M. F. Cusack
The Infamous Jesuits
What shall we say of a religious order which prides itself on being called by the name of the Savior of mankind, and yet has made the practice of untruth a fine art, and reduced the practice of lying to a science?
…the chief points of complaint against the Society have been the same at all times, and in all countries. They have been accused of scandalous political intrigues which they have carried on for the advancement of the Order.
The dogma of the Immaculate Conception was admittedly their work, the new doctrine of the infallibility of the Pope, which has been the cause of so much secret revolt in the Church of Rome, is credited to them, assisted no doubt by the spiritual ambition of Pius IX.
Johannes Reuchlin and Desiderius Erasmus
Were the leaders of the new Humanism and the new Renaissance.
After the Reformation
Land was no longer the sole source of capital, and, therefore, was no longer, as it had been practically for the greater part, in the hands of the clergy…When the acquisition of land ceased to be a paramount object to the Church the acquisition of money took its place.
It should never be forgotten that the power of the priest rests solely on the credence of the people. The people cry out for a savior, for certainty of heaven, for an exemption from the terrors of hell. Hence Priestcraft can neither do without hell nor purgatory. Take away both, or either, and its power is gone.
The Society of Jesuits was practically founded in Paris
On the 1th of August, 1, Ignatius, with his seven followers, met in the crypts of a sanctuary at Montmarte, and took their vows without the permission of a priest or prelate.
Spain having always been under the rule of the priesthood has always been the country of darkness, social and religious…but France, always in the advanced guard of information, if not knowledge, resounded with the clash of opinions, and was fully alive, whatever side individuals might take, as to the tremendous importance of this first serious blow to the spiritual power of the Papacy. Ignatius had already intended to devote his Order in some manner to the advancement and support of the Papal power, and here was a new, and to him all powerful motive for renewed fealty and effort. Hence, when taking his vows, he declared it to be his special mission to offer himself, and his followers, for the advancement and protection of the Church of Rome.
The day which he chose for the commencement of his Order was the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary…The legend of the Assumption of the Mary has not even the least historical foundation; but this matters very little to an infallible Church, whose dictates must be accepted at the peril of the eternal salvation of the unbeliever.
Claiming Worldly Power
Rome has always claimed temporal power, and desired to rule over kings and princes of the earth. In order to accomplish this end she has left no means unused to obtain wealth, and to influence politicians –
Corruption of Rome
Rome being the chief ecclesiastical city, the corruption was greatest at the fountain head. Priests and people were alike sunk in the deepest debauchery. Women of nameless character made even the churches their haunt, and the place where they exhibited their meretricious charms.
On September 10, the Pope Paul III, issued a special Bull…in which he established the Order, henceforth known as the Jesuits. There were two reasons why the Order was established with so little difficulty. IN the first place the German Reformers were already winning souls from the forms and ceremonies of the Church, to the eternal freedom of the Gospel. The cardinals, and Roman theologians, were not without fear lest the whole fabric should fall to the ground.
Brutality of the Inquisition
The severities of the Inquisition had made men callous and brutal to each other. If the Church considered cruelty a virtue, why should the populace resent the infliction of pain? The tyrannies of the nobles had also their evil effect on human life, and on the formation of character.
Popes Under Rule
…the Popes actually placed themselves under the feet of the Jesuit. The name given in reproach to this Society, or rather to the head of the Society, of the Black Pope, is singularly appropriate, and the complications which such arrangements involve is unique in the history of the world’s religions.
In Roman Catholic circles so well is the power of the Jesuit recognized, that the General of the Jesuits is called the “Black Pope”, in contrast to the White Pope who, wearing white always, is called the White Pope. And it is implied that the Black Pope rules the White Pope, even while the former is obliged to make, at least, a show of submission to the latter.
All persons whatsoever were commanded to refrain from hindering, harassing, or disturbing his Society, under penalty of excommunication, and the Jesuits were empowered to call in the aid of the secular power to support them in opposing and silencing such of their Roman Catholic brethren as might interfere with their plans.
Opposition Popes Murdered
In the month of August 10, Sixtus V, intimated officially that the Order would not be allowed to continue if the name by which it had been known hitherto was not promptly changed. But such were the constitutions of the Order, as fully authorized by a previous Pope, that even the Pope himself could not make the change, the General was therefore compelled to act. So determined was the Pope that Acquaviva was prepared to yield. He drafted a document enforcing the required change, but scarcely had it reached the hands of the Pope for approval and inspection, when he suddenly died. Sixtus was succeeded by Cardinal Castagna, who ascended the pontifical throne under the title of Urban VII. It was expected that he would be even more uncompromising than his predecessor but he survived his elevation to the chair of Peter only eleven days. His successor, Gregory XIV, was a warm friend of the Jesuits, and the remarkable death roll was closed. This Pope added notably to the already vast powers of the Order.
Ancient Rites and the Jesuits
The account given in “Rollin’ Ancient History” of the introduction of novices into the Eleusinian discipleship is strangely like the initiatory exercises of a Jesuit novitiate. The principle at least is the same. Spiritual terror is the means used to impress the votary.
To have been educated by the Jesuits is to have a hallmark, which passes in all catholic circles as one of no ordinary value. And since so many of our politicians, and especially of our Press men, are educated by Jesuits, it is very desirable to ascertain the nature and the value of the education which they impart, and what have been the results intellectually and morally of the method of their education.
Spiritual terror was the one and marked feature of the spiritual instruction…We heard of nothing but the hideousness of sin, and the terrible penalties with which God punished those who offended Him.
Hatred of Science
The Jesuits discourage the study of the exact sciences, and not without reason. They fear that a mind trained to accept nothing which cannot be proven to demonstration, may at last turn on the church, and refuse to believe what is not logically proved.
Another and valuable source of information as to the training in Jesuits’ colleges has been given to the public lately in Germany. Count Paul Von Hoensbruck has published his reasons for leaving the Jesuits and his experiences while with them. He notes especially how their system of training destroys the individuality of those who are subject to it, but this is precisely what the training is intended to do. The mechanical routine, never varying from day to day, the perpetual silence, the severe and frequent repression, and the continual introspection soon kills the personal vitality, and the “cadaver” takes the place of the living and sentient being.
Not one action of the day is left to the free will. The Jesuit novice cannot take a drink of water, he cannot use a pen, or paper, he cannot go from one room to another, without first asking and obtaining permission from his immediate superior. How can men who have been an are subjected to this system of intellectual slavery have the nobility of character to educate youth for a world where he must think and act for himself, not only in domestic affairs, but in the most momentous subjects of his day…How can men, who in their youth have been deprived of all that is necessary for the formation of a just judgment on the most important affairs, be able to judge fairly of any subject, literary or religious? - ibid
From a Jesuit Book of Rules
You must not read prohibited books without leave, nor meddle in anything that does not concern you.
You must learn to be very ready in the language of the country were you dwell, or may be ordered to dwell.
While residing in any college, your chests, boxes, and trunks, and your chamber doors, must never be locked; you must not sleep at night with your chamber window open, nor lay naked, not go out of your chamber undressed.
You must not complain of one superior to another.
No brother must go into the office or chamber of another without leave.
While two of the order are in one chamber the door must be open.
When on a journey, you must always lodge at a Jesuit college, if there is one in the place and while there, must pay the same obedience to the superior as you own.
You must divest yourself of all worldly, irregular love towards your parents, relations and friends, and of all worldly affairs.
You must renounce entirely your own will, and embrace and follow the cross of Christ; you must aspire to humility, perfection, and every virtue.
You are diligently to aspire to true obedience, and never contradict whatever your superior commands you.
Rules for Priests
When you confess a female, there must be a third person as an eye witness, though not so near as to hear what is said.
Rules for Preachers
When sent on a mission, or to preach afar off, you must, if able, go on foot, live upon alms, and lodge in religious houses, and also keep a memorandum of the most pious and devout people in each place that you come to .
And there are hundreds more such rules in the books.
“How do we know that the Pope as successor to St. Peter possesses the gift of infallibility?”
The answer is:
“We know it from Christ’s own words; for he told St. Peter that by His prayer to His heavenly Father He had obtained this gift of infallibility for him and for all his successors” (Luke :1)
How is the hapless student to know that Christ never “told” St. Peter anything of the kind?
With regard to heretics, two elements are to be considered, one element on their side, and the other on the part of the Church. On their side is the sin whereby they have deserved, not only to be separated from the Church by excommunication, but also to be banished from the world by Death….Hence if coiners or other malefactors are at once handed over by secular princes to a just death, much more may heretics immediately they are convicted of heresy, be not only excommunicated, but also justly done to die…If the man is still found pertinacious, the Church having no hope of his conversion, provides for the safety of others, cutting him off from the Church by sentence of excommunication; and further, she leaves him to the secular power to be exterminated from the world by death. (From Aquinas Ethicus, Translated by Rev. Joseph Rickaby.)
Jesuit Plots in England
When it is remembered that every one of the Popish plots for the deposition of English sovereigns were of Jesuit origin, it is time to ask if such men should be encouraged and supported in this country.
Property of Rome
Rome claims every lawfully baptized person as her own, no matter how strongly the person may object to this appropriation: thus, on her theory of church government she claims the right to dispose of that person’s body and sol at her pleasure. She claims the right to put him to death in this world and to damn him eternally in the next, as she so pleases, no matter whether he has ever given his consent to her usurpation of his immortal soul or not.
The Massacre of St. Bartholomew
The Massacre of St. Bartholomew was carefully and deliberately planned. The object was simply the extermination of the Protestants of France, men who had fought for their country and loved it. The bloody plot was arranged by Catherine de Medici and the Duke of Alva…The Pope wrote to Catherine, “It is only by the entire extermination of Protestants that the Roman Catholic Church can be restored completely.”…The massacre took place at daybreak on Sunday August 1. The unfortunate king, Charles IX, hesitated long before he would consent to the crime, but his mother and the priests were to strong for him…Nor was the massacre confined to Paris. The same bloody deed was enacted all over France, so that it was estimated that some 0,000 persons perished…In Rome great rejoicing took place at the success of this diabolical massacre. The messenger who took the dispatch received a reward of 1000 gold crowns. Cannon was fired…bonfires lighted…and Pope Gregory XIII, went in great state to the church of St. Mark to return thanks to God for so great a blessing to the Roman Catholic Church. Over the portico of the church a cloth was hung on which the Papal share in the guilt of Charles IX was directly acknowledged in letters of gold, stating that the massacre had occurred after “counsels had been given.” Thrice the Pope went in state with all the Cardinals and foreign Ambassadors then in Rome to return thanks to God for the massacre. He caused medals to be struck in commemoration, and the Vatican to be decorated with paintings representing the murder of Coligny and his friends – 0
Bull of Invalidation
“We forbid that this Bull shall be censured, impugned, invalidated, retracted, brought to law or controversy, or taken to the courts of law; and we forbid that there shall be obtained against it any act restoring matters to their original position, and re-trial, any bringing of the case into the courts of law, or any other remedy of law, of fact, of favor, or of justice; and if any such remedy should by any means whatever be conceded or obtained, we forbid anyone to use it, or to avail himself of it, either in a court of justice or out of it; but we ordain that this present Bull shall always and perpetually be, and continue to be, valid, firm, and effective, and shall have and obtain its full and complete results, and shall be inviolably observed by all and every one whom it affects or will in any way affect in the future.”
Pope Clement XIV signed this with his name on July 1. On September 1, he died. He knew that he had literally signed his death warrant.
The Jesuits Restored
The Jesuits were restored to some of their ancient privileges by Pope Pius VIII…On July 1th 1, Pope Leo XIII, reinstated them in the canonical status which they had held previous to the suppression in 1, restoring all the privileges withheld by Pius VII, when he re-established the Order in 11…The Jesuits are by his Brief exempted completely from all jurisdiction, supervision, and control of bishops, archbishops, and ordinaries, they may occupy any pulpit; teach and found professional chairs; hear confessions; read mass; ad administer the sacraments everywhere, without the consent of the local clergy or of the bishop; they have full power given them to act as they wish, uncontrolled by either the secular or ecclesiastical power; their estates and possessions are free from tithes, taxes, or dues whatsoever; and ecclesiastical and secular powers are warned, under penalty of excommunication, not to hinder or disturb them in the exercise of the privileges conferred on them. They have, in fact, full power given to them to act as they please, unrestrained by either ecclesiastical or secular authority.
Backwardness of the Catholic Church
The Church which compelled Galileo to swear to what he knew to be a lie in order to obtain liberty to exist, has not changed. Today, if Rome had the power, all scientific discussion would be banned and barred, and she would find some theological reason for forbidding the investigations of Rontgen, and discover heresy in X-Rays. Rome flourishes best in darkness, and Rome knows it.