Jesuit Or Dominican?

Throughout much of its history the Catholic church has relied heavily upon its religious orders. The orders fulfilled varied missions and duties for the mother church that were not best performed by the clerks regular.


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This has, not surprisingly caused some friction and competition between the various religious orders. It’s natural that they compete for funding, prestige, and postulants.

Two young men considering a religious vocation were having a conversation. What is similar about the Jesuit and Dominican Orders? the one asked.

The second replied, Well, they were both founded by Spaniards St. Dominic for the Dominicans, and St. Ignatius of Loyola for the Jesuits. They were also both founded to combat heresy the Dominicans to fight the Albigensians, and the Jesuits to fight the Protestants.

What is different about the Jesuit and Dominican Orders? The first asked.

Met any Albigensians lately?

That about sums that one up. The Dominicans ensured that the Catholic church’s “catharsis” was complete. The Jesuits, on the other hand, weren’t nearly so effective. 😆

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