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(RNS) "Let us follow in the footsteps of Jesus when he said, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these,'" Jesuit leader Thomas H. Smolich admonished House members who graduated from Jesuit schools and colleges.


  1. Unfortunately, Fr. Smolich, is speaking to heads with deaf ears when he attempts to be humanely reasonable with the likes of John Boehner. Boehner is too busy joking about communing on his Merlot wine and appeasing his do-nothing majority in order to retain his position as Speaker of the do-nothing House of Representatives to listen to Smolich any more than he listens to any Democrats.

    It doesn’t matter whether they are graduates of any Jesuit institutions, the only thing that matters to the vast majority of politicians is to solidify their “base” so they can become wealthy in their public job.

    It is these Republicans who have the nerve to complain about our public safety net for those in real need while they are living supremely luxuriously off the public in their public positions–in addition to all the wealth they obtain by selling themselves to the highest bidders like the Koch brothers once their fool constituents have elected and reelected them.

    • Ha ha. The order is in the throes of a catastrophic demographic implosion. In the United States, there were about 9,500 Jesuit fathers in 1965. There were about 3,500 last I checked and their rate of recruitment is such that it’s a reasonable wager that they’re census will sink to 900 fathers eventually. They have long been a teaching order and if I am not mistaken their charitable activities were undertaken in the course of mission work. As is, they can no longer hold the institutions they founded because there are too few of them and the order is shot through with heretics and sexual deviants.

  2. If Jesuits are so involved in American politics in that they feel they can whisper their political beliefs into the ears of Congress, then why are they tax exempt? They are misquoting the Bible here. The last thing anyone should do is to let the Jesuits be the moral authority when it comes to children, if you know what I mean….

  3. Somewhat familiar with the assorted Catholic orders, I would characterize the Jesuits as the ‘CIA’ of the Roman Catholic Church, and rather not to be trusted.

  4. Once again Catholics demonstrate they believe they are above the law as they advocate for lawless immigration.

  5. The gate crashers down in Texas are not ‘refugees’. There have been no natural disasters or political shocks in Central America of late. They are merely poor countries with high crime rates, and they were in worse condition on both scales twenty years ago. They are economic migrants responding to political signaling.

    This isn’t that difficult, but it has fried the circuits of the church-o-cracy (either because they’re thick or they’re disingenuous).