Religion: The Jesuits Come to Rome

After meeting with the Pope, a wary standoff

Since 1542, the Society of Jesus has been the "Pope's light cavalry," serving as front-line educators and missionaries. The most elite Jesuits swear a special vow of fealty to the Pope, which in practice has allowed Roman Catholicism's biggest and most influential men's order to pursue a course throughout the world that is largely independent of local bishops and parishes. But during the past decade the light cavalry has also been somewhat independent of what the Pope would like. John Paul II is not a Pontiff...

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