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JESUITICA: A vigorous response

penal_laws_01.jpgA hundred and eighty years ago, the Unionists who framed the Catholic Emancipation Act put in a clause ordering the Jesuits to take no more novices, to undertake no public work; told us, in other words, to die out. The Jesuits, recently recovered from suppression by the Pope, did not lie down. The Provincial wrote : “No man should stir an inch from his post till our existence is consolidated” – so they opened a noviciate, built Gardiner Street church, and founded Belvedere College.