Some three years ago, I posted Ten Things You Didn’t Know (About The Jesuits). Here are 10 more (in no special order):
10. The first Congressman who moved to impeach President Nixon was Robert Drinan, S.J.
9. At the same time, another Jesuit, John McLaughlin, worked in the White House as a speechwriter for the President.
8. Some claim that the Japanese dish of Tempura (deep-fried battered fish & vegetables) was introduced to the country by Jesuits (who were keeping the Lenten fast).
7. The camellia (flower) is named for Georg Josef Kamel, S.J.
6. The Jesuits were banned in Norway until 1956 and in Switzerland until 1973.
5. 14 Jesuits are listed as “Righteous Among The Nations,” in Jeruslam’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.
4. On 10 April 1910, Frank Browne, S.J. boarded the SS Titanic for its maiden voyage. His Superior ordered him off the ship in Cobh, Ireland, saving his life and leaving us with the last photographs of the ship and its passengers.
3. Pope Clement XIV, who suppressed the Jesuit Order, is reputed to have blamed his death on the Jesuits: “Alas, I knew they would poison me, but I did not expect to die in so slow and cruel a manner.”
2. According to Walter Shellenberg, a prominent Nazi, “The SS had been organized by Heinrich Himmler according to the principles of the Jesuit Order. The rules of service and spiritual exercises prescribed by Ignatius de Loyola constituted a model which Heinrich Himmler strove carefully to copy.”
1. Shimon Perez, the President of Israel, was educated at a Jesuit school in Poland.