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Mass of Thanksgiving at the Gesu

Some lovely photos of the new Father General of the Society of Jesus in the rooms of Saint Ignatius and at the Church of the Gesu:"A simple homily from a fellow Christian" to be posted later on the Creighton site.

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Rev. Robert P. Imbelli, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, is Associate Professor of Theology Emeritus at Boston College.



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A very happy day. Nicolas is a sane man who inspires trust.I was wondering if anyone can give me the authentic text of the Fourth Vow made by Jesuits, which apparently contains the expression "perinde ac cadaver". The internet is crawling with alleged texts of the Vow propagated by anti-Jesuit groups, who characterize it as a blood oath of papal assassins.

I have the jesuit constitution only in french: " En outre, je promets une obissance spciale au Souverain Pontife en ce qui regarde les missions, selon le contenu desdites Lettres apostoliques et Constitutions."And this simple text I heard once when I attended a final profession.The Fourth Vow don't contain the expression " perinde ac cadaver"

I, too, would like to know where the phrase comes from. It is cited, as if well known to Jesuits, in the Pope's letter to the General Congregation.

I do not pretend any expertise in the matter, but one might consult "The Constitutions" of the Society of Jesus, Part VI, chapter 1: "What Pertains to Obedience." In the "Classics of Western Spirituality" volume on Ignatius of Loyola, it is found on pp.303 and 304.

I suggest also "contemplatives in action"- the jesuit way by W. Barry SJ and Robert Doherty, SJpag. 51-60The jesuit obedience don't work so simple as the pope would like.

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