At present, the order totals about 25,000 members in 50 “provinces”, several of them in the U. Their influence on the hierarchy of the [Roman] Catholic Church has increased continually since about 1860. Only recently did the sentiments of caring for the poor become advertised as the Jesuits' main purpose, and as we can see by the following quotes, the Society of Jesus has a darker and most sinister past.The Jesuit Order is renowned for trickery, cruelty, and disturbance, as the following sources attest: John Adams (1735-1826; 2nd President of the United States): Shall we not have regular swarms of them here, in as many disguises as only a king of the gypsies can assume, dressed as painters, publishers, writers, and schoolmasters?
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gives an overview of the purpose and history of the Jesuit order, as the Order would like us to understand it: "Jesuits, or Society of Jesus: A monastic order of the Roman Catholic Church, founded (1536) in Paris by Ignatius of Loyola.
Originally the special function of the order was to care for the sick and to fortify the position of the Pope within the [Roman Catholic] Church.
Throughout its history, many people have written and spoken about the reputation, history, and political nature of the Jesuit Order.