Black Robes in Paraguay

SKU: 8467  |  ISBN: 0001933794046

The Success of the Guarani Missions Hastened the Abolition of the Jesuits

This historical saga of love, savage violence, and betrayal chronicles the Jesuit mission work among the Guarani people of South America. Written for armchair historians it is the story of the Jesuit defense of the Guarani in the mission communities as the Portuguese and Spanish slavers descended on Paraguay. The Jesuits resistance efforts to protect the Indians in their missions added to political problems for the Church with certain monarchs back in Europe. Under pressure from the monarchs a presurred Pope abolished the Jesuit order.

In the long, tortured history of European colonization of the Americas, these Jesuit Black Robes in Paraguay stood out as a breed apart, even from their fellow Jesuits elsewhere. Even certain leaders of the anti-Catholic Enlightenment, such as Voltaire and Raynal, rallied to the side of these extraordinary Paraguay missionaries. Raynal wrote that never has so much good been done for mankind with so little evil.

Ironically, the monarchs of Russia and Prussia invited hundreds of the former Jesuits to run their colleges. In doing so, they inadvertently saved these outcasts to become the nucleus around which a reinvigorated papacy would re-establish the Jesuits forty years after its abolition.

320 pp. Softcover.




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