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The Jesuit MythConspiracy Theory and Politics in Nineteenth-Century France$
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Geoffrey Cubitt

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198228684

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198228684.001.0001

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History and Morality

History and Morality

(p.250) 9 History and Morality
The Jesuit Myth

Geoffrey Cubitt

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the anti-Jesuits' historical and ethical attacks surrounding the Jesuit organization. For the anti-Jesuits, the theories and teachings of the Jesuits were instruments of corruption. The influence of the Jesuits themselves and of their affiliates, the confessional and the Jesuit schools were all deemed poisonous corruptions. The Jesuitical notions of Jesuit subversion was also seen as corruption in the most dangerous manner. This chapter focuses on the two dominant Jesuit contamination of the intellect which caught the attention of the anti-Jesuits during the 19th century. These two are the falsification of history primarily in schoolbooks and the propagation of a corrupt and corrupting body of moral discipline through the confessional.

Keywords:   anti-Jesuits, corruption, Jesuit subversion, Jesuit contamination, contamination of intellect, falsification of history, moral discipline, confessional, schoolbooks

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