In part one we address the claim that St. Ignatius of Loyola was actually a crypto-Alumbrado converso subverter of Christianity, along with the Jesuit Order being a “Synágogue” rather than a Christian order. We also dispute the claims that the book by Robert Aleksander Maryks somehow proves this to be the case, when in fact it’s the exact opposite. Despite the battles between different factions of Jesuits such as the Italian ones vs. the Memorialistas in Spain, or a vast changing of the guard (i.e. infiltration) within the order in the 20th century, what’s often repeated by Alt-Media circles and Protestant propaganda about the foundation of the Society of Jesus is rather untenable considering the actual provided evidence for such claims.
Part 2 for Members: We take the focus away from Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, to the Society of Jesuits as a whole. After his death the battles heated up which culminated in 1593, where the institution of the limpieza de sangre policy won out and kept conversos out of the Jesuits for roughly 15 years, until the were allowed re-admittance albeit under close watch and reservation. We also go into controversial converso Memorialistas such as Juan de Mariana, who was infamous for his regicide tracts, and primitive liberalism, contrasted with the society’s Superior General Acquaviva’s battles against Spanish Jesuits like Mariana. It was certainly a complicated situation; the ultimate takeaway is that it takes two to tango and these controversies were not a one way street.
Maryks Jesuit Order as a Synágogue of Jéws: https://brill.com/view/title/15652
Maryks A Companion to Ignatius of Loyola: https://tinyurl.com/tg775pl
Ingram Converso Non-Conformism in Early Modern Spain: https://tinyurl.com/rg6bsf7
McMichael & Myers Friars and Jéws in the Middle Ages and Renaissance: https://tinyurl.com/v8no28e
Meissner Ignatius of Loyola: The Psychology of a Saint: https://tinyurl.com/t4raqht