Quote of the day – Michael de Semlyen


“According to the French writer Adolphe Michel, Voltaire estimated the number of books written about the Jesuits over the years to be around 6000 at the end of the 18th century. In the 19th century books and sermons countering the Jesuits and their activities were published in profusion. Nowadays they are few and far between. It seems that innumerable such works have gone out of print and disappeared from the bookshelves. In theological colleges and public libraries, it is now hard to find any history of the Jesuits beyond the beginning of the 17th century. Most books on the counter-reformation are written by Roman Catholics, many by the Jesuits themselves. Given that the Society of Jesus, today possibly more than ever, is the leading wing of the Roman Church, all of this needs explanation and attention. Protestant watchmen believe that the Jesuits have accomplished a remarkable feat in a relatively short time span in ridding schools, universities and theological colleges of almost all historical literature written from a Protestant viewpoint…

“Many Protestant ‘watchmen’ see the Jesuits as just as powerful and active as ever today. Writing in 1965 Avro Manhattan, an authority on Roman Catholicism in politics, described them as ‘the ecclesiastical storm-troopers of the Catholic Church’ and remarked that ‘it is most significant that in two traditionally English speaking Protestant countries, Great Britain and the USA, they have their largest contingents.'” (Vatican Imperialism in the Twentieth Century: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan.)

Michael de Semlyen

All Roads Lead to Rome? The Ecumenical Movement, Dorchester House Publications, 1993, pp. 130, 135

Books referenced in quote:

I cannot find a link to an English language version of Adolphe Michel’s book on the Jesuits, and it doesn’t appear on a list of suppressed books about the Jesuits. Here is the original version:

Les Jésuites: par Adolphe Michel

Vatican Imperialism in the Twentieth Century by Avro Manhattan – Archive.org


Ignatius of Loyola with his foot on the back of a ‘heretic’ .