Above all, he should always support those who, through thick and thin, have been labouring hard and sacrificially in the vineyard of the Lord to defend human life and marriage - particularly at this time when same-sex marriage is being pressed upon legislators the world over.
He has unfortunately allowed himself to be quoted minimising the great work that these tireless apostles are doing.
That should never have been allowed to happen.
The suppression of the Jesuit Order, among other things, was whatcaused, in part, the French Revolution and the consequences of that Revolution has been the gradual de-Christianisation of the entire world ever since.
1. They discovered quinine (called “Jesuit bark” in the 16th century) that is used today for anti-malarial drugs and also in tonic water. Without the Jesuits, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy your gin and tonic.
2. Their dictionaries and lexicons of the native languages in North America in the 17th century were the first resources Europeans used to understand these ancient tongues, and they still provide modern scholars with the earliest transcriptions of the languages.
3. They located the source of the Blue Nile and charted large stretches of the Amazon and Mississippi Rivers.
4. They educated Descartes, Voltaire, Moliere, James Joyce, Peter Paul Rubens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Fidel Castro, Alfred Hitchcock, and Bill Clinton—not to mention Bing Crosby.
5. They founded the city of Sao Paolo, Brazil.
6. There are 35 craters on the moon named for Jesuit scientists. And Athanasius Kircher, a 17th-century Jesuit scientist, called “master of a hundred arts” and “the last man to know everything”, was a geologist, biologist, linguist, decipherer of hieroglyphics, and inventor of the megaphone.
7. They count 40 saints and dozens of beati among their members, including the globe-trotting missionary St Francis Xavier.
[Source: James Martin, SJ, The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything]
Father Ferdinand Verbiest SJ, Jesuit Astronomer in China
But in the 18th century popes, prelates and bishops all over Christendom had betrayed the faith. The result was a catastrophe, beginning in France, from which Europe has never quite recovered.
Heterodox prelates and their secularist allieswere seeking the suppression of the Jesuit Order and the imposition of a false, un-Catholic society upon all Europe, posing deceitfully as “true” Christianity.
St Joseph worked patiently and tirelessly. He managed to persuade the very same Grand Duke of Tuscany who had earlier so violently expelled the Jesuits from Tuscany, to restore them to the Grand Duchy, which, in 1797, he did.
Pope Pius VI, in 1798, having considered the idea of restoring the Jesuits many times before as a bulwark against French Revolutionary ideas, eventually, when he was already a prisoner of the French revolutionaries, authorised St Joseph to receive novices at Parma.
The French revolutionary General Berthier had entered Rome unopposed in the same year and, proclaiming a secular Roman republic, demanded of Pius the renunciation of his temporal authority. Upon the Pope's refusal, he was taken prisoner and moved to Siena, then Certosa, and then, upon the French revolutionary forces declaration of war against Tuscany, to Valence, in France, by way of Parma, Piacenza, Turin and Grenoble. The harried pope then died 6 weeks after arrival in Valence.
Pope Pius VI, who, when he refused to declare Rome a secular republic at the demand of the French Revolutionary army, was exiled to France where he died, after a long and harassing series of journeys, a prisoner of the bloody and violent Revolution. He allowed St Joseph to take novices at Parma
This was the pope who had written the papal letter, Pourquoi Notre Voix, condemning the French Revolution and in which he called monarchy "the best of all governments".