WOMAN BEAST and the Americas #5


Continuing with Professor  Eakin's lecture:


UNLIKE  THE  OTHER  MAJOR  RELIGIOUS  ORDERS  THAT  I'VE  TALKED  ABOUT,  THE  JESUITS  ARE  NEW;  THE  JESUITS  ARE  CREATED  IN  THE  HEAT  OF  THE  REFORMATION  AND  COUNTER-REFORMATION.  A  SPANISH  SOLDIER  -  IGNATIUS  LOYOLA 91491-1556)  FORMS  A  GROUP  AROUND  HIM  IN  THE  1530s WHILE  RECOVERING  FROM  VERY  VERY  SEVERE  WOUNDS.  HE  HAS  A  RELIGIOUS  VISION  AND  HE  DEDICATES  HIS  LIFE  TO  SAVING  SOULS  FOR  CHRIST.  HE  ORGANIZES  HIS  GROUP  IN  MILITARY  FASHION.  SO  WHAT  THEY  FORM  IS  A  COMPANY  FOR  JESUS.  THESE  DEVOUT  DISCIPLES  GO  TO  ROME  AND  ASK  THE  POPE  FOR  APPROVAL,  AND  THE  POPE  CREATES  IN  1540  WHAT  IS  CALLED  ORIGINALLY  "THE  COMPANY  OF  JESUS"  BUT  EVENTUALLY  BECOMES  KNOWN  AS  "THE  SOCIETY  OF  JESUS"  OR  THE  JESUITS.


BY  THE  TIME  IGNATIUS  LOYOLA  DIES  IN  1556,  THE  ORDER  HAS  1,000 MEMBERS, BY  THE  EARLY  17TH  CENTURY  IT  HAS  15, OOO. 


THE  JESUITS  ARE  THE  SHOCK  TROOPS  IN  THE  COUNTER-REFORMATION.  THEY  HAVE  THREE  OBJECTS;  TO  BRING  THE  WORD  OF  GOD  TO  PEOPLE  WHO  HAVE NOT  BEEN  EXPOSED  TO  IT;  TO  FIGHT  PROTESTANT  HERESY;  AND  TO  EDUCATE.

THE  JESUITS  BECOME  THE  GREAT  EDUCATORS  OF  THE  ROMAN  CATHOLIC  CHURCH.


I  WANT  TO  FOCUS  ON  ONE  EXAMPLE.  AN  EXAMPLE  FROM  BRAZIL  -  THE  EXAMPLE  OF  ANTONIO  VIERA (1608-1697),  WHO  IN  THE  17TH  CENTURY  IS  IN  MANY  WAYS  THE  MOST  STRIKING  OF  ALL  THE  MISSIONARIES  IN  THE  AMERICAS.


VIERA  IS  BORN  IN  LISBON,  IN  1608  FROM  A  VERY  HUMBLE  BACKGROUND.  AT  THE  AGE  OF  6  HIS  FAMILY  GOES  TO  BRAZIL.  HE  RUNS  AWAY  AS  A  YOUNG  TEENAGER  TO  THE  JESUIT  COLLEGE,  TO  ENTER  AND  TO  STUDY.  HE'S  ORDAINED  AS  A  JESUIT  PRIEST  IN  1634.  HE  COMES  KNOWN  AS  A  MAGNIFICENT  ORATOR.  IN  THE  16TH  AND  17TH  CENTURY  THE  GREATEST  LITERATURE  IN  PORTUGUESE  IS  THE  EPIC  POEM  "THE  LUCIADS"  BY  COMOYST.

VIERA  IS  CONSIDERED  SECOND  IN  HIS  WRITINGS  AND  ELOQUENCE  ONLY  TO 

COMOYST. 


AS  A  YOUNG  MAN,  TO  DO  HIS  WORK,  HE  LEARNS  THE  MAIN  LANGUAGE  OF  THE  INDIANS  IN  BRAZIL.  HE  LEARNS  KIMBUNDO,  THE  AFRICAN  LANGUAGE  FROM  ANGOLA,  SO  HE  CAN  SPEAK  WITH  THE  SLAVES  AND  CONVERT  THEM.


HE  RETURNS  TO  LISBON  IN  1641.  AND  WHEN  HE  RETURNS  IT  IS  THE  FIRST  TIME  SINCE  CHILDHOOD.  HE  DAZZLES  THE  COURT  WITH  HIS  KNOWLEDGE,  HIS  ELOQUENCE,  AND  VERY  QUICKLY  BECOMES  A  CLOSE  PERSONAL  CONFIDENT  OF  THE  KING,   JOHN 4TH.  HE  BECOMES  HIS  PERSONAL  CONFESSOR.  BUT  DESPITE  THIS  LIFE,  POWER  AND  INFLUENCE  IN  THE  COURT,  IN  1653,  VIERA  DECIDES  TO  ENGAGE  IN  MISSIONARY  WORK  AND  RETURNS  TO  BRAZIL,  TO  THE  AMAZON,  AND  HE  IS  APPALLED  BY  WHAT  HE  SEES  THERE.

IN  FACT  HE  LOOKS  AT  THE  EXPLOITATION  OF  THE  INDIANS  AND  HIS  REACTION  IS  SIMILAR  TO  LASCASIS;  IN  ONE  OF  HIS  CLASSIC  QUOTES  HE  SAYS,  ABOUT  WHAT'S  TAKING  PLACE  IN  THE  AMAZON,  "THE  PURPOSE  OF  THE  COLONISTS  IS  TO  CAPTURE  INDIANS,  TO  DRAW  FROM  THEIR  VEINS  THE  RED  GOLD  WHICH  HAS  ALWAYS  BEEN  THE  MINE  OF  THE  PROVINCE."  


WITH  OTHER  JESUITS  HE  WILL  CONSTRUCT  VILLAGES,  THAT  ARE  CALLED  "REDUCTIONS"  -  BRINGING  INDIANS  TOGETHER  IN  CHRISTIAN  COMMUNITIES,  IN  ORDER  TO  EDUCATE  THEM  AND  MAKE  THEM  PRODUCTIVE  CITIZENS;  IN  FACT  TO  PROTECT  THEM  FROM  THE  PORTUGUESE  COLONISTS.


EVENTUALLY  MORE  THAN  50  OF  THESE  VILLAGES  EXIST,  WITH  MORE  THAN  200,000  INDIANS  LINKED  TO  THESE  VILLAGES.


VIERA,  IN  HIS  LATER  LIFE,  WHEN  HE  RETURNS  TO  PORTUGAL  AGAIN,  WRITES  SOME  PROPHETIC,  WELL....AS  SEEN  BY  THE  INQUISITION  AS  HERETICAL  BOOKS.   AND  SO  BETWEEN  1663-1667  HE'S  UNDER  HOUSE  ARREST  BY  THE  INQUISITION.


HE  EVENTUALLY  FREES  HIMSELF  FROM  THE  CHARGES,  AND  WILL  RETURN  TO  BRAZIL  AND  RESIDES  IN  SALVADOR  FROM  1681  TO  HIS  DEATH  IN  1697,  ALMOST  90  YEARS  OLD.


VIERA  IS  JUST  A  CLASSIC  EXAMPLE  OF  ONE  OF  THESE  VISIONARIES  -  JESUIT  MISSIONARIES,  WORKING  IN  LATIN  AMERICA  IN  THE  17TH  CENTURY.  BUT  THEY  ARE  EVERYWHERE  IN  THE  PORTUGUESE  EMPIRE.


FRANCIS  XAVIER (1506-1552)  AN  EARLY  JESUIT,  ONE  OF  THE  EARLIEST,  GOES  OFF  AND  DOES  MISSIONARY  WORK  IN  INDIA,  IN  THE  FAR  EAST,  IN  THE  1540s.

THE  JESUITS  ARE  OPERATING  IN  CHINA  AND  JAPAN.  THE  JESUITS  BECOME  THE  INTER-MEDIATORS  IN  THE  TRADE  BETWEEN  CHINA  AND  JAPAN.  THE  SO-CALLED  "BLACK  ROBES"  -  THE  JESUITS  -  ARE  VISIBLE  AND  POWERFUL,  EVERYWHERE  IN  THE  PORTUGUESE  EMPIRE  IN  THE  16TH  AND  17TH  CENTURIES.  THEY  ARRIVE  IN  CANADA  IN  1611,  AND  AT  THE  SAME  TIME,  THEY  ALSO  BECOME  THE  GREAT  EDUCATORS  IN  THE  CATHOLIC  WORLD.   THEY  ESTABLISH  COLLEGES  IN  MEXICO  CITY,  IN  LEMAR,  IN  CORDOVA  IN  ARGENTINE,  IN  SALVADOR  IN  BRAZIL.


THEY  WILL  DO  THIS  EVERYWHERE  THEY  GO.  IN  THE  UNITED  STATES  ALONE  THERE  ARE  TWO  DOZEN  JESUIT  UNIVERSITIES.  THEY  ARE  THE  GREAT  EDUCATORS  OF  THE  CATHOLIC  WORLD.

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TO  BE  CONTINUED


HERE  WE  SEE  THE  ZEAL,  DEDICATION,  OF  THIS  ORDER  OF  THE  ROMAN  CATHOLIC  CHURCH.  THEY  ARE  THE  SCHOLASTIC  EDUCATORS  IN  THE  ROMAN  CHURCH.  WE  MUST  NEVER  FORGET  THE  ROMAN  CATHOLIC  CHURCH  HAS  ITS  PhD  PEOPLE.  THE  WORLD  OF  DECEPTION  IN  CHRISTIAN  RELIGION  IS  VAST  AND  POWERFUL;  ALSO  IN  THE  PROTESTANT  WORLD  WE  HAVE  THE  PhD  PEOPLE.  THEY  ARE  WORLDLY  WISE  AND  EDUCATED;  THEIR  WORDS  AND  BOOKS  SOUND  VERY  "RELIGIOUS"  AND  SO  DECEPTIVE  THAT  ABOUT  ONE  AND  A  HALF  BILLION  PEOPLE  AROUND  THE  WORLD  ARE  DECEIVED  BY  THEM.  


YES  AS  JESUS  SAID  IN  THE  GOSPELS  HIS  TRUE  DISCIPLES  ARE  THE  "LITTLE  FLOCK" [THE  GREEK  MEANS  "LITTLE, LITTLE"  OR  VERY  LITTLE],  AND  THE  SALT  OF  THE  EARTH.  TRUE  CHRISTIANS  ARE  JUST  SCATTERED  HERE  AND  THERE  LIKE  SALT  OVER  A  MEAL.


THE  ADVERSARY  IS  NOT  DUMB,  HE  IS  CUNNING,  CRAFTY,  WELL  VERSED  AS  WE  SAY;  HE  IS  ZEALOUS,  AND  DEDICATED,  TO  BRING  MORE  AND  MORE  INTO  HIS  DECEPTIVE  WORLD  OF  POPULAR  CHRISTIANITY.  HE  HAS  MANY  WHO  NIGHT  AND  DAY  DEVOTE  THEMSELVES  WITH  EARNESTNESS  AND  PASSION,  TO  BRING  MORE  CONVERTS  INTO  THEIR  POPULAR  BRANDS  OF  CHRISTIANITY.  AS  JESUS  SAID,  MANY  WOULD  COME  IN  THE  LAST  DAYS,  IN  HIS  NAME,  AND  DECEIVE  THE  MANY.....NOT  THE  FEW  BUT  THE  MANY!


FOR  YOU  TO  NOT  BE  DECEIVED  YOU  WILL  NEED  TO  DO  WHAT  THE  APOSTLE  PAUL  WAS  INSPIRED  TO  WRITE:  PROVE  ALL  THINGS,  HOLD  FAST TO  THAT  WHICH  IS  GOOD.  YES  IT  TAKES  "STUDY"  OF  THE  SCRIPTURES,  NOT  JUST  A  CASUAL  READING;  IT  TAKES  EFFORT,  TIME,  TO  PROVE  WHAT  IS  THE  TRUTH  OF  GOD.  IT  TAKES  A  MIND-SET  THAT  LOVES  TRUTH,  WANTS  TRUTH;  A  MIND-SET  THAT  HUNGERS  AND  THIRSTS  FOR  RIGHTEOUSNESS,  THAT  WANTS  TO  BE  CORRECTED,  AND  WANTS  TO  GROW  IN  GRACE  AND  KNOWLEDGE  OF  CHRIST  JESUS.


IF  YOU  HAVE  THAT  MIND-SET  JESUS  HAS  PROMISED  THAT  THE  SPIRIT  WILL  LEAD  YOU  INTO  ALL  TRUTH [JOHN  16]...... NOT  ALL  AT  ONCE,  BUT  OVER  TIME,  YOU  WILL  FIND  THE  TRUTHS  OF  GOD  THAT  HE  WANTS  YOU  TO  KNOW  AND  UNDERSTAND.