Well over a decade ago, while researching my first book on the Society of Jesus, I happened to be sitting in an office at Jesuit headquarters in Rome. The occupant of the office was visibly agitated. Malachi Martin’s book about the Jesuits had just appeared, and alarms were sounding up and down the curia. "No one," I said airily, "believes that crap." The regional assistant was not reassured. At stake was the damage that such propaganda...
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