Originally Posted by rr1213
Frankly, I see “newspeak” to have more in common with the Thirteenth Rule of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits than with today’s political correctness nonsense…
Thirteenth Rule. To be right in everything, we ought always to hold that the white which I see, is black, if the Hierarchical Church so decides it, believing that between Christ our Lord, the Bridegroom, and the Church, His Bride, there is the same Spirit which governs and directs us for the salvation of our souls. Because
In 1984, if the State decreed that “white” was “black” or that “black” was “white” the people were mandated to use Newspeak to modify their thinking so as to come into line with the new party line. The similarities to Loyola’s Thirteenth Rule are striking in my opinion.
I think this passage is trying to express the absolute loyalty that the Jesuits have to the Catholic Church’s Magisterium, its Teaching Authority. I don’t think it is similar to trying to deliberately erase the annals of history or manipulate information and facts, as the fictional government portrayed in 1984 was doing, if that is what you’re trying to allude to.
I think what Ignatius is trying to express with the white /black analogy is that a Jesuit’s loyalty to the Catholic Church should be so absolute that if a Jesuit has an opinion about something, and the Catholic Church of Jesus Christ holds an opinion different from the Jesuit’s opinion, a Jesuit should follow the Churches teaching, because “by the same Spirit (Holy Spirit) and our Lord Who gave the ten Commandments, our holy Mother the Church is directed and governed.”
For example, “Liberation Theology.” The hierarchy of the Catholic Church including Pope John Paul II, the Vicar of Christ on earth, told some of these Jesuit theologians to tone it down.
That quote does not mean if the Pope said the moon was made of green cheese, but I know its rock, I now have to see green cheese on the moon.
Don’t forget, Jesuits take a vow before God of Obediance for their order. Obediance is extremely important in religious life; Ignatius is talking about matters of faith and morals.
The Catholic Church is part of the Kingdom of God; it is not a modern secular relativist atheistic university where God plays no role in human thought except maybe off-campus.
There are all sorts of strange and sinister theories about the Jesuits out there on the net. Some website I once came across while doing some research on Freemasonry said the current superior of the order rules the world and other nonsense like that.
Catholicism is not based on faith alone, or reason alone, but a blend of both** Faith and Reason**.
Also Contarini, when I say George Orwell is overrated, I’m referring to the ideas expressed in his writings and his status as a thinker. Sorry, I don’t have time to write a 60 page paper, doing in depth literary analysis with hairsplitting analysis…
I’m just trying to say, just because this man was a novelist and essayist, I wouldn’t necessarily agree with everything he wrote just because it was published by Harcourt Brace and Company.