From Windfall to Fall: The Conversos in the Society of Jesus

Marc Rastoin, S.J.

in Friends on the Way

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780823228119
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236985 | DOI:

Series: Abrahamic Dialogues

From Windfall to Fall: The Conversos in the Society of Jesus

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This chapter discusses the Society of Jesus' acceptance of recruits from Jewish origin or the so-called conversos prior to 1593. This tolerance ended at the Fifth General Congregation in 1593 due to the combined efforts of the Spanish Crown and the majority of Spanish Jesuits themselves. It reveals that several studies have found that the Society's founder and its first Superior General Ignatius Loyola came from a converso family and that he had wished he had been Jewish to have the honor of being from the same race as Jesus and the Virgin Mary.

Keywords: Society of Jesus; Jews; Jesuits; Ignatius Loyola; conversos

Chapter.  4946 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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