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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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The Confessor and the School

The Confessor and the School

(p.234) 8 The Confessor and the School
The Jesuit Myth

Geoffrey Cubitt

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This chapter focuses on the impact and influence of the Jesuits on families. Seeing the family as a basic and universal unit of the legitimate social organization and the natural solidarity and affection surrounding families, any group determined to dominate society would have to control or undermine families. The Jesuits saw families not as units to despoil of their wealth but as obstacles to, and potential vehicles for, their power over society. The supposed assault of the Jesuits took two forms; firstly, the confessor worked by penetration, engaging in intimate contest for influence within the family itself and secondly, the Jesuit school removed children for a length of time from their families causing alienation among the children and their families and imbuing assumed poisonous doctrines and attitudes.

Keywords:   influence, impact, Jesuits, families, confessor, Jesuit school, children

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