After centuries of conniving, the Society of Jesus has become the most powerful priestly order in the Church of Rome. In the nineteenth century, the Jesuits used the First Vatican Council to insert their most important doctrine, papal infallibility, into the Code of Canon Law. Under the entry for “Ultramontanism,” the Encyclopedia Britannica (1911) notes:
The hierophants of this Ultramontane system are to be found in the Society of Jesus. In fact, the terms jesuitical and ultramontane may, in numerous cases, be regarded as equivalent. . . . The growth of the Jesuitical influence at Rome – more especially after the return of Pius IX. from exile – implied a more definite protection of Ultramontanism by the papacy. The proclamation of the dogma of the immaculate conception [of Mary] in 1854 was more than the decision of an old and vexed theological problem; it was an act of conformity to a pietistic type especially represented by the Jesuits. The Syllabus of 1864, however, carried with it a recognition of the Ultramontane condemnation of all modern culture. Finally, in the [First] Vatican Council, the Jesuits saw another of their favourite theories – that of papal infallibility – elevated to the status of a dogma of the Church.
Nearly a century later, the Jesuits reached out “in love” to the “separated brethren” (once burned at the stake as “heretics”) with the Second Vatican Council. Yesterday, the Jesuits manipulated the College of Cardinals into electing one of their own from Argentina, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, to become the new bishop of Rome, or official head of the Catholic Church. This Jesuit triumph, though, represents only the tip of the iceberg in the Vatican’s confusing political drama.
In an unprecedented development, Benjamin XVI, who resigned on February 28, is to be called “Pope Emeritus” and continue living in the Vatican. The Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Adolfo Nicolas, is also resident in Rome. For centuries, the Jesuit general has been known derisively as the “Black Pope,” due to his influence and the color of his garb. Thus, like the medieval Western Schism, three men are effectively “pope” of the Roman Church.
All of this presents an intriguing scenario wherein the Jesuit general and his subordinates are required to render absolute obedience to the bishop of Rome (“White Pope”), while the bishop of Rome, a Jesuit, must render absolute obdience to the Jesuit general. For Bible prophecy enthusiasts, one is inclined to ask whether the “beast from the sea” and the “beast from the earth,” two ominous and closely allied personages mentioned in chapter 13 of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, might not arise from among this power trio.
Incidentally, the new Pope Francis I has been denounced for betraying, while a provincial in the Society of Jesus, two fellow priests to Argentina’s military junta during the “Dirty War” that saw thousands of leftists “disappeared” (kidnapped and murdered). This skeleton in the closet, however, is nothing compared to the latest Vatican scandal, breaking only one day before Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope, in which the Holy See purchased a €23 million share of a Rome apartment block that houses Europe’s biggest gay sauna, Europa Multiclub.
It just so happens that 76-year-old Cardinal Ivan Dias, head of the Congregation for Evangelisation of Peoples, enjoys a 12-room apartment on the first floor of the imposing 2 Via Carducci, just yards from the entrance to the “steamy flesh pot.” There are 18 other Vatican apartments in the block, many of which house priests.