It has been within the last week that yet another disturbing example of leftist ideological thuggery has made headlines. Love Saxa, a Catholic Pro-Traditional Marriage and anti-Pornography student group at Jesuit-run Georgetown University, became targets of “PRIDE” and “Queer People of Color” in yet another attempt to demonize those who hold opposing views of their chosen lifestyles.
Where once, in such academic forums, heated intellectual debates were welcomed—we now witness examples of the radical left labeling opposition as “hate”--leaving no room for logical conversation, no freedom to argue. In other words, in utilizing Alinsky’s Rules 5 and 12, American academia is giving way to fascism, and giving away the rights of American students.
In his “Rules for Radicals”, Saul Alinsky makes clear the plan of action to shut down free expression of ideas. First, center in on your target: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.” (Well done, future journalists at The Hoya for exposing yourselves with the smear piece “Defund Intolerance”!) Watch for phase two, from Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” play out in the weeks to come. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.”
So we know their methods and their approach to silence opposition—there is nothing new to this. We’ve been seeing the growth of these tactics since the 1960’s, to as recently as the destructive ANTIFA riots at Berkley. The question lies, however, on why these groups are being permitted, by the Jesuit Order who run Georgetown, to run rampant over groups in line with the Church they serve?
Perhaps a quick synopsis of the foundation of the Society of Jesus, and the eventual bastardization of it by radical leftist “Liberation Theologians” (the original SJWs (Social Justice Warriors), starting in the 1960s, will reveal the underlying motives of these Jesuits at Georgetown? Better still would be a deep-dive into where their funding comes from, especially if the same funding is connected to Leftist Radicals such as George Soros? Let’s leave that for future articles to expose. Suffice it to say, when there is chaos and disorder in institutions (and especially Catholic institutions), always follow the money.
The Society of Jesus (or Jesuits) was founded by Spaniard St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1540, after a lengthy and painful recuperation from wounds sustained in battle—inspired by having read during that time, works and meditations on the life of Jesus and the Saints. Having been a soldier, he was drawn to works of chivalry combined with intellectual stimulation and desire towards an honorable mission of service. He began to formulate such a mission that would be focused on prayer, intellectual/doctrinal instruction, preaching and missionary work. In his own words, from their Constitutions: the society was “instituted for the purpose of perfecting souls in life and in Christian doctrine, for the propagation of the faith through public preaching, ministering the word of God, spiritual macerations, works of charity, and especially through the teaching of the young and uninstructed in the Christian precepts; and lastly for giving consolation to believers in hearing their confessions”. (The reader should note, here, nothing written on propagating or supporting leftist “social justice” movements.) Jesuits would be missionaries, teachers, and preachers. To accomplish this, the pope gave them authority to establish universities: “Let them have the power, however, to have a college or colleges at the Universities, having census returns, revenues, or possessions, to be applied to the use and necessities of the students.” It seems to follow that such colleges would support the life of the student, both spiritually and materially.
While St. Ignatius laid a foundation for his followers in internal mortification and meditation, he insisted that such men would not only vow to Chastity, Poverty and Obedience, but that they would take a fourth vow of obedience to the pope. (The reader should consider this fourth vow in relation to a pattern of modern Jesuitical disobedience and dissension). Moreover—and possibly most important--St Ignatius, from the very beginning of the foundation of his order—forbade his “Society” from taking on any ecclesiastical positions—such as a bishopric (or the pontificate)—without leaving the Order. In fact, up until the elevation of Jorge Bergoglio (now Pope Francis), no Jesuit has been pope. The reasoning behind St. Ignatius’ thought process was simple: due to the mission they had, the tendency towards intellectual pride and the desire for power would be too tempting, and such would lead to the eventual destruction of the order. Best leave such duties to others, all together, rather than provide an opportunity for his members to fail. In fact, according to the Jesuit Province of North West Africa, today, “the Constitution of the Society of Jesus discourages Jesuits from nursing any desire to become bishops and even urges novice masters to close the door against any candidate with such ambition”.
Some food for thought, when considering individual Jesuits in political or ecclesiastical power—if such men actively reject their sainted founder’s explicit instructions, what else—or who else--are they willing to give way to?
In 2003, Georgetown University students and staff made international news when they protested a speech made by African Cardinal Francis Arenze. Nearly 70 faculty members signed a letter of protest and a number left the stage where he was being honored, after the Cardinal remarked on pro-life, pro-family issues (in line with then Pope John Paul II’s pontificate, and the tradition held by the Catholic Church). Although left-leaning academics had already rooted itself at Georgetown, this was seen as newsworthy as it provided the world a glimpse of the significant dissension within the rank and file at the Catholic Institution, especially in political and population control issues. Prior to this dissension, in the early 1980’s, John Paul II publicly rebuked Sandinista and “Liberation Theologian”, Ernesto Cardinal—and by extension, his brother (and Jesuit) Fernando Cardinal for their active roles in promoting their form of “Christian” Marxism. In fact, Ernest Cardinal was quoted in saying, "Christians are not only able to be Marxists but, on the contrary, to be authentically Christian, they ought to be Marxist." He, his brother and the Sandinista Liberation Theologians they inspired were condemned by the Vatican shortly thereafter. This is important to note, because after his elevation to the Chair of St Peter, Argentinian Jesuit-turned-Pope Francis Bergoglio personally invited to the Vatican one the founders of this movement, Gustavo Gutierrez. As Steven F Hayward of Forbes would write, in his 2015 Article “How Is “Liberation Theology” Still a Thing?”, Gutierrez is “the radical Peruvian theologian who was a big celebrity of the left in the 1970s and 1980s for his “liberation theology.”
In 2013, Georgetown students and staff involved with an organization titled, “Catholics United”, were reported as organizers of a mass-protest against Rep. Paul Ryan’s scheduled speech at the University. It was quickly discovered by the Washington Free Beacon that theirs was not a “grass-roots” student movement against conservatism, but a radical leftist front group on campus, receiving sizable donations from none other than George Soros’ “Tides Foundation” and “Open Society Institute”. Recent news has reported that Soros has now donated the majority of his wealth to “Open Society Institute”, with the Lepanto Institute’s “International Conference on Population Control” directly linking the Open Society Institute to the funding of population control in African nations-- in direct contradiction to the pro-life, pro-family teachings of Catholic Church. The Soros/Jesuit connection grows even more insidious, when one considers a letter—dated 10 Feb, 2017, from now Pope Francis praising George Soros funded PICO National Network (People Improving Communities through Organizing). It happened that, with the Wikileak emails of Hillary Clinton, another disturbing connection to George Soros and the Jesuit Pope has come to light: “Leaked emails through WikiLeaks reveal that billionaire globalist George Soros — one of Hilary Clinton’s top donors — paid $650,000 to influence Pope Francis’ September 2015 visit to the USA with a view to “shift[ing] national paradigms and priorities in the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign.” The funds were allocated in April 2015 and the report on their effectiveness suggests that successful achievements included, “Buy-in of individual bishops to more publicly voice support of economic and racial justice messages in order to begin to create a critical mass of bishops who are aligned with the Pope.” […] Grantees were PICO, a faith-based community organizing group, and Faith in Public Life (FPL), a progressive group working in media to promote left-leaning ‘social justice’ causes. Soros has funded left-wing causes the world over and was just found to have been funding an effort to eliminate pro-life laws around the globe”. (John-Henry Weston, LifeSite News--Quotes from onepeterfive.com HERE).
I suspect that, if we dig into the funding of these current protests against pro-Family, Catholic, Love Saxa, we will see a wide line of Soros/Marxist social engineering. Could it be that the Jesuits of Georgetown are more than happy to oblige?
Bree A. Dail
Bree A. Dail holds a Masters of Diplomacy, focusing on Conflict Management from Norwich University and a Bachelor of Arts from Christendom College. She is a veteran Naval Surface Warfare Officer, and has published various academic and AP articles on Military Affairs and Policy. She currently works as Consultant for a major DOD Contractor