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Friends on the WayJesuits Encounter Contemporary Judaism$
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Thomas S.J. Michel

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228119

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823228119.001.0001

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

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

(p.8) From Windfall to Fall: The Conversos in the Society of Jesus
Friends on the Way

Marc Rastoin, S.J.

Fordham University Press

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

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