Historiography of the Society of Jesus: The Case of France after the Order's Restoration in 1814
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Dominique Avon and Philippe Rocher
Last modified: March 2017

For a long time, the histories of the Jesuits and of anti-Jesuitism remained intertwined.1 In 1640, one century after the foundation of the order, its members in the Low Countries published the Imago primi sæculi Societatis Jesu a provincia Flandro-Belgica ejusdem Societatis repræsentata. The book, an in-folio volume in praise of the Jesuits, illustrated with over a hundred engravings and printed by Antwerp’s Officina Plantiniana, was censured by Superior General Muzio Vitelleschi (in office 1615–45), but extensively used by the Jesuits’ detractors. Practiced in the daily logging of its activities,2 the Society of Jesus was wasting no time in writing its golden legend,3 not least that of its foreign missions,4 even as its opponents were busy publishing its Black Legend. While one side went about extolling its diverse apostolic works, whether preaching, confession, education and pedagogy, or spiritual direction, the other heaped up blame for seductive indoctrination, for hubris, for a potentially regicidal love of power, for lax morals and an authoritarian form of education begetting lies and denunciation.

The general historiography of the New Society, both in France and more broadly in French-speaking territories, labored under the influences of that polarity, at least until the Jesuits’ exile from metropolitan France in 1901 or even until their return in the context of WWI. Then positions shifted. The internal strife between “secular” and “Catholic” France would find a broad resolution between 1925 and 1945. Some Jesuits were actively involved in this process. Thereafter, the historiographical currents studying religions, Catholicism first among them, flow more smoothly. As the position of the institution and its members became less of a sociological irritant, the anti-Jesuit current diminished; at the same time the Jesuits in charge of recording the order’s inner life connected with academia and eventually joined it. This heralded a third historiographical moment marked by three trends: a weakening of the order’s societal role; a dispassionate perception of the Society, whose post-council positioning was even sometimes favorably received; an internal history that offers a novel blend of autobiographical accounts and commemorative compendia.


Part One: Jesuit Apologetics versus Anti-Jesuitism (1820–1920)

This period witnessed the confrontation between two irreconcilable historiographies that, grounded in the conflictual aftermath of the French Revolution, mirrored each other. The Jesuits embodied the will to re-establish an earlier regime, complete with its philosophy and politics. They retained a quasi-monopoly on the writing of their recent history, which, when delegated, remained firmly under their close supervision. Among historiographers favorable to them, two authors, Louis de Bonald (1754–1840)5 and Jacques Crétineau-Joly (1803–75), stand out for being secular. Indeed the latter, “soldier in the intellectual realm,”6 was originally commissioned by the leadership of the Society of Jesus to address only the period of the early Society,7 but he ventured to touch on recent events. The sixth volume of his history “built, as per its title, on unpublished and authentic documents,” opens with the expulsion of the Jesuits from Russia, and goes on to address the congregation—that much maligned group of devout followers—the missions, the schools, and more specifically their methods in “public education.” The opposite camp included Gallican Catholics, such as Abbé Marcet de la Roche-Arnaud (1801–60),8 and such advocates of constitutional liberalism as Alexis Dumesnil (1783–1858)9 who saw in the—as yet not officially authorized—New Society’s extensive activities the harbingers of a recapture of France.

The apologetic drive expressed itself in certain chronological choices and in the strength of its focus on the re-foundation period. In connection with the New Society, the development of two societies of priests inspired by the Jesuits after their suppression was the subject of several papers. The Belgian born Abbé Louis-Marie-Joseph comte de Robiano (1793–1858), a prolific author, wrote approvingly: “So many people speak of the Jesuits without knowing them that it is worth showing by what means and in what spirit they re-established themselves.”10 Indeed, the very priests of the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Society of the Faith of Jesus, the former having merged with the latter, did re-join the Jesuits when they were reinstated in Naples by Pius VII in 1804. It is alongside the same Count Robiano that Jean-Louis de Leissegues de Rozaven (1772–1851) defended the Jesuit order to which he belonged so as to enable his readers to “arrive at a justified and sound judgment.”11

As the debate around freedom of education heated up, the Jesuits sought to answer their detractors, at whose forefront could be found Edgar Quinet (1803–75) and Jules Michelet (1798–1874), two professors at the Collège de France. Their lectures had been collected in a single book, which claimed: “one thousand men have accomplished in twelve years a prodigious feat […]. Destroyed in 1830, smitten and thrashed, they rose again without anybody noticing. They did not merely rise: while the question of whether there were Jesuits hung, they effortlessly won over our thirty or forty thousand priests, bamboozled them and are leading them Heaven knows where!”12 Arsène Cahour (1806–71) rejected a way of writing history, which, far from seeking to pinpoint “personal or general crimes” owned that “vice” lies in “religious or literary school books.” In response, the Jesuit composed a “Full Apologia of the Society of Jesus” whose case rested upon “the scrutiny of the incriminated texts in its code” and “the scrutiny of facts pertaining to its nature, to the body’s temperament rather than to the fortuitous disposition of one or other of its organs.”13 The following year, Adolphe Boucher composed his hefty history taking his text from Jules Michelet’s course, even though he dedicated only one chapter to the order’s “modern history,” enlarging on the activity of the Fathers of the Faith and the relations of the Jesuits with the university. In his view, King Charles X (r.1824–30), entirely in thrall to the “black congregation,” emboldened the new Jesuits who indulged in wholesale “Protestant baiting,” “pious spying and priggish activity,” answering to the “general in Rome” to the detriment of their “submission to the bishops.”14

Some revolutionary fraternization in the spring of 1848 broke off the hostilities but the truce was short lived. The questions of freedom of the press on the one hand and of faith-based schooling on the other led to a fresh anti-Jesuit outcry, as from Victor Hugo (1802–85) at the Assemblée nationale:

And I am not confusing you, the clerical party, with the Church, anymore than I would confuse the mistletoe with the oak. You are the parasites of the Church, the disease of the Church [laughter]. Ignatius is Jesus’s enemy [hearty approbation from the Left]. You are not the believers but the sectarians of a faith you do not understand. You are sainthood’s impresarios. Don’t involve the Church in your business, your manipulations, your strategies, your doctrines, your ambitions. Don’t call it your mother so as to turn it into your servant [deep stir].15

Under the Second Empire nothing significant was published about the Society of Jesus. However when, upon defeat at the hands of a coalition of soon-to-be unified German States, the Republic was proclaimed anew, polemics concerning the Jesuits’ patriotism fed into the debate on the secularization of education. In his address to the Chambre (lower house) in July, Paul Bert (1833–86) castigated various aspects of “Jesuit morality”16—they were expelled by decree the following year. Despite being officially banned, the Society continued to be hounded. Edmond de Pressensé (1824–91), a Protestant churchman and member of the Sénat (upper house) has them as the very incarnation of a “theocratic ultramontanism” that taught “the young generation to hate the date of 1789 as if it were the Beast of Revelation”: “The Jesuits are past masters at such persecution [the oppression of souls] that no rack exposes since it operates by stealth.”17 Stanislas du Lac (1835–1909) published an essay intended as an endorsement.18Joseph Burnichon (1847–68),19 a member of the editorial team of the French Jesuits’ periodical Études, countered academia’s anti-Jesuitism with a thesis on Louis Lallemant (1578–1635) focusing on the order of the Oratory’s education: “It was to be expected that the high figures of the University would seize the opportunity to malign the Jesuit and the Society of Jesus—in which they did not disappoint.”20 He also authored articles deploring the state’s monopoly on education in France21 or criticizing its programs for “classical studies.”22 The history of education is weighed down by “potent polemical burden”;23 dispensed by the Jesuits it became a prime target, equated by its opponents with clericalism, ignorance, and political conservatism:

The Society of Jesus maintains with our society no social, familial, proprietary or patriotic bonds since the world is its home and the world is its exile. It is encamped on our land much as might an occupation army […] and it would even sometimes treat us as a dependency, for it has subdivided France into Provinces for its own purpose. To sum up, the Jesuit is neither our contemporary nor our compatriot. He is not our contemporary because he thinks three hundred years backwards! Or our compatriot because he rejects the very essence of fatherland.24

To counter these accusations, Antoine Sengler (1835–87) pieced together what amounted in his view to the proof of Jesuit teachers’ attachment to French patriotic values.25  After discussing the July Monarchy’s education struggles and establishing the biography of the “martyrs” of the Paris Commune,26 Charles Daniel (1818–93) parried the accusations listed by Gabriel Compayré (1843–1913) in his Histoire critique des doctrines de l'éducation.27 Another refutation can be found in a paper by Camille de Rochemonteix (1834–1923) about the Collège at La Flèche, near Le Mans, set forth as an original study about a Jesuit college in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.28 The next monograph on a Jesuit institution, dedicated to the College of Clermont—renamed in Paris Lycée Louis le Grand—29 would not appear before the interwar period. With a view to making the document that structures Jesuit education and teaching practices accessible to his contemporaries, Henri Ferté (1821–1903) published in 1892 his—sometimes inaccurate—translation of the Ratio studiorum.30 It would remain for a century the non-Latinists’ reference.

Against the background of the Dreyfus Affair, the laws of July 1901 on associations and of July 1904 against congregations forced 30,000 members of religious congregations out of the country. In 1910, there appeared the translation of a German synoptic essay authored by Heinrich Boehmer (1869–1927), with an introduction and notes by Protestant-raised historian Gabriel Monod (1844–1912).31 In response to “Jesuit phobia,” Alexandre Brou (1862–1947) published two books: one proposed a gallery of portraits featuring the Society’s saints and exceptional destinies; the other, a collection of papers by anti-Jesuit authors,32 reaped from a major research initiative begun some years earlier. After the twenty-fourth general congregation of 1892, the Society of Jesus had created in Madrid an historical institute tasked with editing and publishing original documents from the order’s first century.33 The bibliographies by Auguste Carayon (1813–74), Augustin de Backer (1809–73), Aloïs de Backer, (1823–83) and Carlos Sommervogel (1834–1902), amounted to twelve volumes published in the last decade of the century.34 They subscribe to a more scholarly approach but remain apologetic. As the centenary of the restoration of the order in France approached, a specific study was undertaken: Joseph Burnichon brought forth his Histoire d’un siècle: La Compagnie de Jésus en France with the support of Edouard Fine (1847–1927) in Rome.35 The publication of a fifth and ultimate tome considered over-controversial was postponed at the onset of the First World War. Although it remains unpublished, its typescript can be consulted at the Society’s archives in Vanves.

The Society of Jesus’s external missions were singled out for special treatment. Voltaire (1694–1778) had, in his time, praised the missionaries’ action in Latin America even as he did them no favors in Europe.36 One century later, in a context of nationalist tensions, their accounts remained beyond the reach of the Society of Jesus’s opponents. Indeed, its missionary work was respected, if not admired, as complementary to the colonial order insofar as more than a quarter of French Jesuits were missionaries in 1880, a percentage that would remain static until 1960.37 Except for one scholarly work that would not be emulated in a long time,38 Jesuit treatments of the missions of the time rarely eschewed apologetics, as attested by Joseph Bertrand (1801–84) writings about the Maduré (India).39 A compendium of missionary work was produced under the direction of Jean-Baptiste Piolet (1855–1930),40 a missionary in Madagascar. A laureate of the silver medal of the Société de Géographie for the bulk of his geographical and ethnological work, he was entrusted with drafting a report on the missions for the 1900 Exposition Universelle. Together with its general introduction signed by the Republican Catholic Étienne Lamy (1845–1919), it celebrated France’s civilizing genius and the discipline and zeal of the priests of the Society of Jesus. In 1904, the same Piolet pointed out that seventy-five percent of the 6,106 missionaries in the world were French.41 At the beginning of the twentieth century, the Chinese mission was treated in monographs, the first by a Jesuit who had taught at the seminary of Zi-ka-wei from 1909 to 1917 and specialized on Charles Porée (1676–1741).42 In this exercise compounded by the fascination exercised by Chinese culture, objectivity sometimes yielded to admiration.43 And Georges Soulié de Morant (1878–1955), a French consul in China from 1903 to 1909, erudite Sinologist and acupuncturist, promised in his title an epic saga sweeping down the centuries.44 Alongside such broad surveys, the biographies of missionaries dying from their labors yielded edifying stories. The man of God—not necessarily a Jesuit—recognizes grace in the spiritual consolation visited upon him in his travails.45 Cathary’s biographer declares without any further ado that, for all that he relied on authentic documents, he has “foregone his historian’s role.”46 Each and every high figure exemplified the same idea: a mission even one interrupted by the missionary’s death is an irreversible move forward.47

On August 2, 1914, a notification from the French Home Office lifted the bans imposed on religious orders and the Jesuits joined in the “Union sacrée” effort. During and after the war, cracks soon materialized though the framing of internal criticism represented a novelty.48 Superior General Włodzimierz Ledóchowski (1866–1942) expressed concerns about the “intellectual independence” evinced by some members of the order. His letter to provincial superiors On the Formation of Scholastics, summarizes his apprehensions and recommendations: “The Society needs men dead to themselves, completely detached, ready for any collaboration, radiating, so to speak, a supernatural spirit, in one word: men of God.”49 An essay by Jesuit Joseph de Brucker (1845–1926), who taught church history and scripture, and also edited Études as well as directing it from 1895 to 1898, was a timely reminder of the order’s fundamentals. Its publication was delayed as the manuscript was confiscated by the German police occupying Enghien during the war.50 His colleague Henri Fouqueray (1860–1927) pursued the publication of L’histoire de la Compagnie de Jésus en France: Des origines à la suppression.51

The last utterance of anti-Jesuit Gallicanism came from Roger Duguet (1875–1933)52 and the journalist Henri Merlier (1869–1952); the pair signed the polemical pamphlets Vérités they published from 1927 to 1939, by the name of Luc Vérus. These authors saw in military chaplain Paul Doncoeur (1880–1961) the very incarnation of “Jesuitism,” namely, the determined pursuit of one’s ends by covert and disloyal means combined with demonstrations of false candor:

For the Order is ruled by so monstrous an esprit de corps that its members, for the most part decent and disinterested individuals, deliberately disregard even the most elementary feelings of common morality and faith when it comes to the “good of the Society.” […] Over the centuries, they have sophisticated morality, rationalized theology and bastardized mysticism. Ultramontane in Rome, Gallican in Versailles, they authorize in China highly superstitious practices […]. Because of the affection and veneration they inspire, good Jesuits stop most Catholics from seeing what the others are up to. They serve to shroud their dubious maneuvers and thus work equally for the good of the Society […]. Father Doncœur, for instance, lavishes his eloquent encouragements both on the last flickers of post-war patriotism and the early efforts of international pacifism […]. The Society wants to rule the rulers of the day, whoever they may be, ready to prostitute itself to their whims if needs be.53

Having fought off the Cartel des gauches’ policy and its failed attempt to force the Religious orders out of France again, the same Doncœur completed that very year his small volume on the “Society’s secret” where he showcased spiritual masters such as his mentor Léonce de Grandmaison (1868–1927), alongside one hundred and sixty young Jesuits who died for their country:

There we have our brothers of yesteryear, religious who were no Saints, and here the cohort of martyrs, on whose countenance I wish to close for being those whom Saint Ignatius recognizes the most authentic Jesuits. We may well see a sign in the fact that the catalogue of 907 Jesuits who, in one way or another, suffered a violent death had been compiled by a young Jesuit, Father Henri Dugout, who concluded his preface on these words: “Such is the list of our martyrs, which will undoubtedly get longer in a future made beautiful with dedication, beautiful with suffering, fulfilling the wishes of our Blessed Father and the promises of Him for whom every Jesuit wishes to die.” For this same Jesuit, become a missionary, achieved, during the 1926 massacres in China the fulfillment of his novitiate dream, whether it was by chance or by God’s choice to fulfill a man’s heart’s desire.54

The centuries-long conflict ended on this ultimate bout. Thereafter, Jesuits would only exceptionally be suspected of enmity towards the French nation or the democratic republican institutions. In academia, the anticlerical block had lost interest in the “Society of Jesus” topic.


Part Two: A Strictly Catholic Concern (1930–70)

Time had come for the Society of Jesus to spread its wings with some of its members devoting themselves to scientific and academic research.55 Moved from Madrid to Rome, on the site of the Curia Generalis, the Historical Institute includes the archive proper, a library and a publishing house, which, from 1932 onwards, brought out the biannual journal Archivum historicum Societatis Iesu (AHSI) as well as monographs about the Society in the Bibliotheca Instituti Historici Societatis Iesu. That same year, the first volume of the Dictionnaire de spiritualité was published.56 Part and parcel of Jesuit historiography, it extends the Revue d’ascétique et de mystique, founded and directed between 1920 and 1928 by Joseph de Guibert (1877–1942), whose key work came out in 1953, prefaced with an introduction highlighting the sensitive nature of mysticism.57

The pro-Jesuit editorial effort was extensive but its quality uneven. In a mighty essay on the Jesuits published in 1933, René Fulöp-Miller (1891–1963) proposed to uncover the “secret of their power,”58 comparing Ignatius of Loyola (c.1491–1556) to Vladimir Lenin (1870–1924). Some months later, Gaëtan Bernoville (1889–1960), a writer active in Catholic intellectual circles, offered a systematic exposition in ten chapters spread over four topics: the Society’s founder, the Constitutions, apostolic action and “the secret of action.”59 Its appendices presented an outline of the Exercises in one section and, in another, the “Society’s missions to the heathen” on the basis of the 1932 statutes. An admirer of the order, the author acknowledged his full sympathy with Ignatian spirituality, confessing that the book was “written with  one of the best loved and revered masters of Catholic thought, Father de Grandmaison S.J., in mind”60 The impending four-hundredth anniversary of the order (1540–1940) prompted special preparations. Pierre Delattre (1876–1961) directed the compendium on Les établissements des jésuites en France, which called on a great many collaborators.61 Each “residence,” “college” or “station” had its own history chronicled up to 1900, and not beyond in order to avoid the vexed subject of the laws against congregations. Brimming with data, the project still evinced an apologetic intent even though by then nothing suggested that an on-going Jesuit presence in France needed any justification.

Works on the history of education lay bare the diverging concepts of two Jesuits. François Charmot (1880–1965) defended a Jesuit pedagogy arising directly from the Spiritual Exercises whilst still borrowing from the “New Education” movement.62 The following generation would yield, with François de Dainville (1909–71), the first major academically approved historical study of Jesuit pedagogy. The author of a treatise on La géographie des humanistes, he addressed, in a second, La naissance de l’humanisme moderne. In the spirit of Jesuit apostolate’s renewal, he had considered titling its second tome Le collège et la cité but gave this up.63 After the Second World War he pursued his research, delving into the staffing of Ancient Régime schools and the social origins of their pupils. With the support of unpublished archives, he made available the contents of the formation on offer, providing details on the modalities of drama work and on the teaching of science, or itemizing the students’ reading materials.64 In 1969, the American Jesuit John W. Padberg (b.1926) turned his attention to French colleges during the period 1814–80 after which the Jesuits’ methodology proper rapidly faded away.65 With these institutions’ strong influence on the children from Legitimist families in mind, he discussed the curricular content in Falloux Laws colleges after the minor seminaries experiment and the updating of the Ratio studiorum in 1832.

In the field of missionary historiography, the previous era’s standard outlook prevailed well into the 1950s with lay writers66 and Jesuits67 alike promoting the coupling of Catholic “mission” with French “colonization” in a face-off with Anglo-Saxon Protestant missions. Riding the wave of the 1931 Colonial Exposition, Alexandre Brou published a history of Jesuit missionaries in the edifying narrative tradition,68 and lay author Paul Lesourd (1897–1981) set forth an overview of the history of missions.69 In connection with the centenary of the Lyon province, several monographs were published, some for internal consumption,70 others for the public at large.71 While Joseph Hajjar showed himself to be more attuned to issues of relationships between Latin Catholicism and Eastern Christianity,72 Jesuit Adrien Boudou (1876–1945) reported on the Madagascar mission.73 Twenty years later Bishop Simon Delacroix would direct in the same spirit the project of an illustrated edition.74

The military defeat of June 1940, the occupation of the country, and the instauration of the Vichy regime rocked French society to its foundations and, within it, a Society of Jesus in full process of normalization. Along with an almost unanimous ecclesiastical hierarchy, the provincials adopted a stance inspired by the principle of guarantee of unity allied to loyalty towards the government in place. The majority of Jesuits followed suit in order to better partake in a re-Christianization drive. However, while carrying out their pastoral duties, a minority opted for clandestine activities of spiritual, intellectual, and political resistance, most notably in the Lyon region. A third group was held captive. The resulting awkwardness manifest at the liberation was never articulated and the leadership roles were passed on under the guise of a generational handover. The “Theology” collection, created in 1944 by Aubier publishers, promptly accrued considerable esteem. However, in the wake of the encyclical Humani generis (1950) and of the extended stay, at the superior general’s request, of Belgian Visitor Clément Plaquet, some rising stars got sidelined. The visitor had the power of control, decisions, and appointment of superiors and rectors in whichever province he was visiting.

Such an atmosphere was not conducive to recording the internal history of the recent past. In 1950, with the two tomes entitled Origines et expansion des jésuites, the public was offered nothing but a translation of a monograph published ten years earlier by an Irish Jesuit.75 A specialist of contemporary history and the “Galileo Affair,” James Brodrick (1891–1973) proposed to correct the mawkish image offered of Ignatius Loyola and the Society’s founding fathers. The book, which does not cover the New Society in France, boasted a foreword by Michel Riquet S.J. (1898–1993), who, having joined the French Resistance from the outset, formed firm friendships with Communists and Freemasons in the concentration camps where he was put  after his arrest; he was also famous for the Lenten lectures he had delivered in the cathedral of Notre Dame since 1946. During that decade, the only attempt at a grand history for the benefit of the lay public was written by Pierre Dominique Lucchini (1889–1973), a journalist who had flirted with the Action Française, been a contributor to the Nouvelles litteraires and run the Vichy government’s news agency between 1941 and 1943. An essayist and a pamphleteer, he intended to show up the Jesuits’ ubiquity in the Catholic Church and within political institutions. He highlighted the sea change World War I had represented for the Society, the supranational nature of which had been denounced throughout the nineteenth century: it numbered 8,400 members on the Allied Powers’ side, 4,000 on the Central Powers’ side and another 4,000 in the neutral states.76 The fourth centenary of Ignatius of Loyola’s death would coincide with the periodical Études’s first centenary, at a time when its director had to resign his position at the request of the Roman authorities. Historiography would be restricted to the re-edition of Bernoville’s treatise published two decades earlier.

More recent events were reported in roundabout ways bypassing ecclesiastical censorship. After Auguste Valensin (1879–1953) had died, his brother Albert edited his spiritual diary,77 and Henri de Lubac (1896–1991) his correspondence with philosopher Maurice Blondel (1861–1949); the book—whose author was at the time prohibited from publishing theology—got reviewed.78 After treating the Jesuit’s papers and conference proceedings, the same de Lubac went on to sketch out a biography of this son of a Jewish father who had converted to the Catholic faith.79 The handling of the case of paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881–1955) was even thornier. A public figure80 with an acknowledged scientific track record, he was marginalized by the Society while his writings circulated in secret. He had, before his death, entrusted his works to a lay friend to publish. The order’s hierarchy sought in vain to pressure Le Seuil publishers. The publication of Teilhard de Chardin’s works began in 1955, along with testimonies published in the press or in book form, shortly to be followed by a first biography.81 Unobtrusively, magisterial pressures faded away and in the early summer of 1961, de Lubac was tasked by the Society’s hierarchy with the defense of Teilhard de Chardin’s orthodoxy. Although a 1962 monitum from the Holy Office demanded that Catholics be protected from “the dangers presented by Fr. Teilhard de Chardin and his acolytes’ works,” the Jesuit was not censured. De Lubac published La pensée religieuse du Père Teilhard de Chardin,82  La prière de Teilhard de Chardin,83 and a book of correspondence between Blondel and Teilhard.84 He accounted for the randomness of his forerunner’s thought system by pointing to the countless humiliations he suffered while also acknowledging the unwieldy passage from a scientific philosophy based in evidence to a spiritually oriented theology. The paleontologist’s appeal spread far beyond France’s borders. Undertaking A History of the Jesuits, Christopher Hollis, proposed to “make known the order that formed Teilhard de Chardin” with a view to showing that the Jesuits never were conservative.85 In his wake, René d’Ouince published two volumes in homage to Teilhard de Chardin, his colleague and friend, in whom he saw a “prophet.”86

The council era offered a generation of Jesuits specialized in the humanities the opportunity to advance a historiographical overhaul. At the review Christus, François Roustang (b.1923) and Michel de Certeau initiated the turnaround in February 1964. No longer should the object be, they asserted, an interpretation of Ignatius of Loyola’s fundamental intuitions: beginning instead with the problems as confronted by their contemporaries they should drive their analysis toward the spiritual meaning that may be found therein. Two years later a further step was taken: since religion was called into question in anthropological terms, they proposed to face up to the problematics with the tools of history, linguistics, psychology, and ethnology: “If no one can be found to replace us at Christus, we suggest that the review be concluded so that we may focus our effort on the foundation of a center for reflexion and action in the field of humanities.”87 The so-called “Third Man” paper led to Roustang’s leaving the Society. De Certeau stayed put but his insertion in academia in the late 60s early 70s placed him in a unique position.88

On the Action Populaire, the Society’s pivotal endeavor in the first half of the twentieth century, Paul Droulers (1903–93) published a vast monograph.89 The Jesuit, a history professor at the Gregorian University, describes the development of this organization inspired by social Catholicism in the face of what he calls an “integrist” opposition and its influence within the Catholic Church until 1942. His first volume drew a twofold criticism from Émile Poulat: as a specialist of the modernist crisis, he deplored a representation of social Catholicism conducted by its own actors. He further disputed their version of a history founded in the full harmony with modernity; he discerned enduring forms of intransigence in its midst.90 In his own defense, the Jesuit pointed out that he had only sought to offer “a first hand documentation on Reims’s Action Populaire and its organizers”;91 twelve years later, he would publish a second volume in which, there again, historian Jean-Marie Mayeur should have wished for “some critical distance, and a less benign presentation of the tensions and conflicts.”92

 As tongues and pens loosened within the Society, publications of highly variable quality came out during the 1970s. Translated from the German, Joseph Stierli’s essay Les jésuites93 is of spiritual rather than historical import. Research by Alain Guillermou (1913–98), a professor of Romanian at the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales, was enhanced by his preferential access to documentation preserved in Jesuit libraries.94 In 1974, he would sign the introduction to the book version of the “Jésuites” article taken from tome VIII of the Dictionnaire de spiritualité,95 jointly published by Beauchesne Publisher and the Centrum Ignatianum Spiritualitatis of the Roman Curia. That same year, surveying over a century and a half of history, the Jesuit André Ravier (1905–99) asked “is there not in the very nature of the Council a call for religious orders—Society of Jesus and others alike—to implement an aggiornamento of their own? An era of research, perplexity, and, let us face it, confrontation has started which is not over by a long shot.” 96 Alain Guichard, a journalist at Le Monde produced an essay on the Freemasons and another on the Jews and then turned his attention to the Jesuits. Under its bland title, Les jésuites spans a four-century history. Yet, the author proves aware of the turning point marked by the 1901 exile while still taking more interest in, on the one hand, Vatican II followed by the post-council crisis, which raises issues of “obedience” and, on the other hand, the challenge of “atheism.” The problematics of the relation to authorities lies at the heart of Jean Roche’s work, which presents Franz-Xavier Wernz (1842–1914), the general of the Society during the Modernist Crisis as a “shining example of courage and of obedience too” in his defense of “his subordinates” against the Roman congregations and Pope Pius X (r.1903–14) himself:

At a time of bitter Franco-German rivalry, he unfailingly stood up for the French Jesuits of Études, the likes of Fathers Lebreton and Grandmaison, and the founders of the Action Populaire, Fathers Leroy and Desbuquois, against the calumnies hurled at them from the integrist camp, whether at La Sapinière or elsewhere. He further defended the right to think, research and teach freely in the Society. Notably, he steadfastly refused to make compulsory in philosophy houses the adoption of the twenty-four Thomist theses, even as some Jesuit or other, then very influential in Rome, pushed for this step to be taken.97

That very question of the relation to magisterial authority in a context of crisis was revisited in 1977 in a book by historian Renée Bédarida (1919–2015) on the occasion of the Cahiers and Courrier du témoignage chrétien published by the Éditions ouvrières.98  This monograph, which provided an annex over a hundred pages with maps of the clandestine publications’ outreach, figures for the print runs, extracts from the articles deemed most significant at a time when historians began to turn their attention to the French Catholics during the Second World War, came about in a context of tension between the Roman Magisterium and a number of French theologians, including some Jesuits. At the end of the 70s and in the early 80s, the Society was in turmoil manifesting behaviors to which Superior General Pedro Arrupe (1907–1991)99 did not take kindly:

An anti-institutional attitude seems to be spreading these days in our societies, which affects the Church as well as the Society. In the latter’s case, some of its members, fortunately in small number, have come to set themselves up as “detached” from the Body. They do not feel a shared identity with the others; they speak of the Society as of something that is external to them, nay: foreign. They declare themselves sometimes Jesuits sometimes detached from the Body at their own convenience […]. How irresponsible! In this, I see one aspect of secularization, a danger recent pontiffs had warned us against.100

In this context, John-Paul II made public his predecessor’s address taking the Society to task over disciplinary and doctrinal issues. While rejecting Superior General Pedro Arrupe’s resignation, he suspended the Constitutions, to appoint two representatives in preparation for a general congregation. Comparing the Society’s structure to that of the Dominican order, Peter-Hans Kolvenbach (1928–2016, in office 1983–2008), is quoted as describing the former as an “absolute monarchy tempered by generalized disobedience.”101


Part Three: A Still Debated but No Longer Contentious Object (1970–2010)

In France the number of entering novices has significantly dropped since the end of the 1950s while the number departing peaked during the 70s: 3100 Jesuits in 1940, close on 1100 in 1982 down to 580 in 2004. The Society has regrouped its four provinces into one, which formed close links with the French-speaking Jesuit province of Southern Belgium and Luxembourg in 2012. It has entrusted lay staff with the management of most of its schools and colleges. Closing the Chantilly center, it has transferred its fonds to La Part-Dieu, in Lyon. In 2002 it vacated the Centre for Slavic Studies in Meudon, which had been opened in 1945 and had grown to include 80000 volumes, including Prince Ivan Gagarine’s collection. Known after his conversion to Catholicism as Jean-Xavier Gagarine (1814–82),102 he became a Jesuit and was the founding editor of the periodical Études.103 As the millennium dawned, the situation seemed to improve, sustained by the Centre Sèvres and the Belgian publishers Lessius. In that latter period, when anti-Jesuitism switched sides, now embraced by the censors of a post Vatican II cum May 68 Jesuit “errancy,” the Society of Jesus’s role in education has been assigned to the field of cultural history. Meanwhile, religious historiography, enriched by major academic research, individual testimonies and commemorative accounts, is the theater of a debate around the alleged advent of a “third Society” born in the aftermath of the Council.

Do we still have Jesuit historians? Undoubtedly. The scientific quality of the “Jesuits” entry of the Dictionnaire de spiritualité, notably in the sections drafted by Michel de Certeau for the eighteenth century,104 and Pierre Vallin (b.1928) for the nineteenth, provides for further scholarship.105 A professor at Centre Sèvres, Vallin has specialized in the history of “intransigent Catholicism,” a current to which the Jesuits were attached a century earlier; he has authored countless dictionary entries and articles in the Society’s collective works or publications such as Études, Projet, Recherches de science religieuse. His colleague Paul Duclos (1917–93) has drafted a history of the Society in France in the nineteenth and twentieth century though this nomenclature work has remained in manuscript form (150 pages long). Nevertheless, he has used it for the introduction to the first volume of the Dictionnaire du monde religieux de la France contemporaine, the publication of which he directed and which is, to a large extent, devoted to the Jesuits. It is chronologically broken down into 20 to 25 year periods from 1814 to 1960, with the Society’s zenith set during the interwar period during which its priests contributed so much to the renewal of French Catholicism: “[…] there can be no doubt that if French people’s religious fervor up to 1940 became more personal, more emotional, it is partly under the influence of Jesuit spiritual directors, chaplains, preachers.”106 The portrayal of the “spiritual Resistance” takes up the best part of the Occupation and Vichy section. The following period denotes on the one hand a social orientation aimed at reaching out to unchurched French strata and, on the other, exegetical and theological research, underscored by the 1950 Roman warnings and sanctions. In 1979 the order decided to equip itself with a reference tool: produced under the direction of Jesuits Charles E. O'Neill (1927–2009) and Joaquín Maria Domínguez, the Society’s historical dictionary proposes “national” entries and the biographies of Jesuits from France, Belgium and Canada.107 In this field of research the most important work is owed to a Pole, Robert Danieluk. Having completed in France his Master of Advanced Studies on the Jesuits under the second Empire, then a thesis on Sommervogel and the nineteenth-century Jesuits bibliographers,108 he took up a post at the Society’s archive offices in Vanves.

The initiative—tentative at the end of the 1950s—of publishing some Jesuit biographies expanded remarkably at the turn of the millennium in the shape of autobiographies or book-length interviews. Among these testimonies, the first, posthumous, came from Cardinal Jean Daniélou (1905–74).109 The Mémoire sur l’occasion de mes écrits, by Henri de Lubac was completed in 1975, then revised and increased by one chapter in 1981.110 François Varillon (1905–78), noted for his conferences, followed suit,111 along with Emile Rideau (1899–1981), who worked into a broader canvas his training then his ministry as a worker priest and later as a university chaplain and collaborator to Études.112 Jacques Sommet (1912–2012) related his concentration camps experience,113 as did Michel Riquet who also outlined his intellectual outreach in Parisian circles and his commitment to interreligious dialogue.114 Jacques Guillet (1910–2001), who escaped from his POW camp in Germany before joining the Free French Forces, recalled his pastoral responsibilities as prefect of the scholasticate at Fourvière and director of the “Théologie” collection after the 1950 Vatican censure,115 Xavier Léon-Dufour (1912–2007) enlarged on the aid he and his colleagues afforded the Jews during the Occupation as well as the controversy raised by the publication of his book Résurrection de Jésus et Message pascal.116 André Manaranche (b.1927) discussed his opposition to the orientations adopted by the Society since th1970s.117 Theologians Joseph Moingt (b.1915)118 and Bernard Sesboüé (b.1929)119 reviewed their activity within Recherches de science religieuse. A specialist of Marxism and social issues, Jean-Yves Calvez (1927–2010) evinced some reservations as to certain orientations taken by his order.120 For all that he was a moving force behind it, Paul Valadier (b.1933) has little to say about matters concerning the order’s formation.121 His elder, Xavier Tilliette (b.1921), also a philosopher, is not so reticent when criticizing the evolutions of the last three decades of the twentieth century:

I did not take kindly to the change or to its grievous consequences, the results of a secularization the effects of which Father de Lubac decried. I had grown convinced that the Jesuits, strengthened by their formation and experience, had the backbone to resist dismantlement. I was wrong and we followed, nay, anticipated the behavior of diocesan clergy and other orders: declericalization, declergification. Though the spirit was mostly rescued, the letter has all but disappeared.122


The publishing phenomenon of the “Grandes voix jésuites” overlaps with that of high circulation non-specialist books.123 Alain Woodrow’s 1984 essay, focuses on the defining moment that was Pedro Arrupe’s election in 1965, and his French-backed policy of a preferential option for the poor sets the tone. The high circulation monthly Lire leaped at the opportunity to quote pages the truncations of which court anachronism. For instance, before the Second World War, French “trail-blazing Jesuits” (Woodrow mentions Teilhard and  Calvez—who does not remotely belong to that generation—or Chaillet) are painted in a conflictual relationship with Rome and the “German Jesuits” in Pope Pius XII’s entourage.124 The book was reprinted in 1990 to mark four hundred and fifty years of the Society jointly with Ignatius of Loyola’s five hundredth birthday. In the French translation of an essay by Malachi Martin (1921–1999), formerly an Irish Jesuit who served in Rome until his rejection of some Council developments, the focus is kept on the struggle twentieth century French Jesuits led against “capitalism” and “Roman centralism.”125 The Jesuit Jean-Claude Dhôtel’s book grants little more than a passing nod to the Society’s history concentrating instead on its current relevance.126 The Founder’s Écrits127 were published. The translation from the Italian of a book-form interview with Superior General Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, was prefaced with an introduction by Jean-Yves Calvez.128 In the same commemorative spirit, Dante Vacchi and Anne Vuylsteke published Les jésuites en liberté, a coffee table book illustrated with numerous photographs and published by Filipacchi. The dedication alludes to the “Arrupe affair” and the book obeys a geographic breakdown: the Americas, Asia, Madagascar, Africa, the Middle East and Europe, where France only gets a mention in the context of the late eighteenth-century condemnation. The French edition is prefaced by André Ravier’s article published fifteen years earlier and printed unchanged. A journalist and a historian teamed up for another photo-rich hardback, titled Les jésuites ou la gloire de Dieu.129 On a broad canvas sketched out with the help of students, the journalist Jean Lacouture (1921–2015) complemented the Old Society’s epic history, given pride of place in John W. O’Malley’s (b.1927)  simultaneously appearing work,130 with a nineteenth- and twentieth-century Jesuit history.131 His admission to being a “bricoleur,”132 a dabbler, has not precluded his insertion in a good few bibliographies. High circulation weeklies joined in the celebrations,133 while the audio-visual media crafted documentaries around the figure of Teilhard for some, and Jesuit Resistance figures for the rest.134 Come the twenty-first century, the “Jesuit myth” becomes the object of historical scrutiny in the academic works of Michel Leroy (b.1948)135, Geoffrey T. Cubitt136 in the UK, and a paper by Philippe Boutry (b.1954).137

The next commemorative wave would address more specifically the history of the Society in France: the centenary of the Action populaire in 2003;138 the fiftieth anniversary of Christus en 2004;139 in 2006, Études’ 150 years140 celebrated with atheist psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva at UNESCO House; Recherches de science Religieuse’s one hundred years in 2010. In the Society’s journals, articles of a historiographical nature written by experts or scholars not involved in academia. On the occasion of the RSR’s centenary, the Carmelite theologian, Jean-Baptiste Lecuit (b.1965) offers a review of the collective publication Théologies et vérité au défi de l’histoire.141 He shows that, mutatis mutandis, the tension between observing the Church’s teachings and complying with scientific methodological requirements as intended by its founder Léonce de Grandmaison, endures. It has lost none of its relevance, even if

the context is no longer the modernist crisis faced then, and if the antagonism between faith and science has lost some of its intensity [….]  [the] requisite integration of historicity is today more pressing than the need to overcome the opposition between faith and reason, or between observance of the Magisterium and epistemological pertinence.142

Academic research throughout these years attests to both a dynamic environment and an extensive freedom. Access to archival material was readily available even for the most recent periods as well as for sensitive dossiers. In the summer of 1999, Robert Bonfils drafted a Guide des archives des jésuites de France à Vanves, located just outside Paris.143 Up until 1987–89, these archives were split between four depositories corresponding to the provinces: the Province of France, aka Paris, the archives of which had been kept in Jersey, then in Chantilly; the Province of Lyon, the archives of which had been kept in Paray-le-Monial then Francheville; the Province of Toulouse, city where they had been kept and the Province of Champagne the archives of which had been moved from Enghien to Lille and finally to a Reims suburb. The breakdown of provinces introduced from 1961 to 1976 added to the complexity of the archiving process. As a rule, distinctions were drawn between matters of government and administration, matters of ministry and missionary formation and “personal files.” Unless destroyed by the persons concerned or intentionally passed on to lay people, these files are systematically classified:

The documents of houses that were allocated to another province in 1961 remain in their original province. For instance, the documents relating to Rouen, in France-Nord from 1961 to 1976, or to Nantes, in the province of France-Atlantique during that 15-year period are to be found in the Paris Province archival collections. However the fathers’ personal files are, barring specified exceptions, to be found in the province to which they belonged when they died. Out of four sub-collections, two, Toulouse and Champagne, came with an inventory, sound in the case of Toulouse, dubious for Champagne. The inventory and classifying for Paris and Lyon has gradually improved since 1991. This explains the disparity between the classification and inventory of the four sub-collections.144

Dominique Julia (b.1940) et Marie-Madeleine Compère (1946–2007), two academics specializing in the history of education in the early modern period continued in the footsteps of François de Dainville.145 In 1985 a symposium146 created the opportunity to arrive at an overview. The speakers included Marc Fumaroli, known for publishing a study on rhetoric where the Jesuits took center stage.147 With Les jésuites à la Renaissance and Les jésuites à l’âge baroque148 Luce Giard, close to Certeau, helped “désenclave149 Jesuit history, after the formula used by the authors of an evaluation of this contribution to historiography in the special issue of the Revue de synthèse.150 Free from the animus still rampant one century earlier, these scholars, investigating Jesuit insertion in the “intellectual,” learned, and scientific spheres as well as in education and in literary and artistic culture, show how the men from the Old Society were party to the advent of modernity.

Lagging slightly behind, the New Society has elicited almost equal interest. In their sweeping surveys on The Histoire religieuse de la France, Gérard Cholvy and Yves-Marie Hilaire stress the part played by the Jesuits notably in Catholic youth movements;151 their analysis is more reticent when dealing with the thinking of some intellectuals they engaged in the 1970s.152 The place of the Society is also significant in the collective historiographical project for a Histoire du christianisme in several volumes. Bernard Plongeron (b.1933) declares the 1773 suppression a “watershed in eighteenth century civilization.”153 Claude Langlois (b.1937), stresses, in tome IV of the Histoire de la France religieuse, how much the New Society was possessed with the mood of the Restoration of the monarchy and the church.154 René Rémond (1918–2007) who directed this project, writing the preface for the reprint of the Journal de la conscience française by Gaston Fessard (1897–1978), shows some reservations towards the author’s analysis.155 A symposium dedicated to Yves de Montcheuil (1900–44)156 draws Jesuit Resistance to public attention. A biography of Pierre Chaillet (1900–72), the founder of the clandestine newssheet Témoignage Chrétien, the mouthpiece of the so-called Spiritual Resistance, is authored by Renée Bédarida (1919–2015)157. In 2001, the 60th anniversary of the title is the occasion for François Bédarida (1926–2001) and Renée Bédarida to publish a collection of extracts from the Cahiers and from the Courriers du Témoignage Chrétien, complete with introductions and notes and an exhaustive list of the headlines of the Cahiers and Courriers between the autumn of 1941 and the summer of 1944.158 Michel Cool chief editor of the restyled Témoignage Chrétien, celebrated “a squadron of young Jesuits […] who were for a whole generation, the honor and the hope of a France who did not want to lose her soul.”159 The journalist and Academician Henri Amouroux (1920–2007), specialist of French everyday life under the Occupation, saluted the “courage” of that handful of Jesuits, at “a time when anti-Semitism was near enough the ‘official religion’.”160 For his part, Bernard Comte (b.1930) proposes a distinction between three types of Resistance: aid and life-saving humanitarian action, the spiritual resistance’s educational effort and moral entreaties, and collaboration with armed resistance organizations.161

What all the above-quoted contemporaneous historians have in common is their personal proximity with Jesuits, notably in the context of the Second World War. Etienne Fouilloux (b.1941) who did not share this experience marks a historiographical milestone. His interest in the Society of Jesus starts in the late sixties, and focuses on the Jesuits who were involved in a range of approaches towards Christian unity.162 This leads him to follow itineraries as diverse as those of Michel d’Herbigny (1880–1957)163 and the Groupe des Dombes164 at both ends of an era that goes from the condemnation of an emerging ecumenical movement to its official recognition by Rome. In a second phase, his interest in Ignatius’s sons turns to their intellectual heft, notably throughout the period preceding Vatican II. His Église en quête de liberté, which builds on L’audace et le soupçon by Pierre Colin (1923–2009), arises from this ongoing research that aims to pinpoint the place of those French theologians—Jesuits and Dominicans foremost among them—who contributed to “the change in intellectual outlook in a Church haunted by the specter of Modernism.”165 A third phase yields monographic research on the collection “Sources chrétiennes”166 or the origins of the review Christus,167 biographical studies,168 and more synoptic analyses in the spirit of symposia. On the strength of his colleagues’ recent research, the historian analyses the shift that, in less than a century, took historiography “from virulent anti-Jesuitism to a measure of philo-Jesuitism” as a result of the four determining experiences represented by “exile,”169 “progressivism,”170 “the war,” and “youth movements”:171

We should of course seek its broader causes in the evolution of outlooks on the Catholic Church, on religious orders or congregations and on the Society of Jesus itself, especially since the 1905 Séparation. We shall be content here to suggest some of the reasons inherent to Ignatius of Loyola’s French descent. The most far-reaching, which are also the least perceptible, probably result from a slow impregnation via education, retreats and preaching through which members of the order less well known than the “great” Jesuits demonstrated to their charges the absurdity of the black legend.172

Under the aegis of Etienne Fouilloux and Bernard Hours (b.1959) a first symposium organized by the Conseil scientifique du “Fonds des Fontaines » is held in Lyon’s municipal library and attended by specialists of modern and contemporary history.173  This encounter marks the beginning of regular meetings addressing questions specific to the history of the Society of Jesus.174 The very latest, in 2014, answered the question “Is there a Jesuit spirituality?” Meanwhile a new generation of historians has cut its teeth approaching the Society of Jesus through the encounter with its high figures, generational groups,175 or intellectual debate.176Les jésuites dans la société française,177 by Dominique Avon (b.1968)178 and Philippe Rocher (b.1966)179 represent a first stab at an overview that challenges the historiographical proposal of a “third Society,” placing the time of a major shift in the inter-war period; this is confirmed by other studies, not least those concerned with issues of anti and philo-Semitism.180 Michel de Certeau’s biography by François Dosse (b.1950), who has had no formation in the field of religious history,181 heralds the de-confessionalization of this field of studies. The Jesuits duly figure in the history of psychoanalysis after Louis Beirnaert (1906–85)182 paved the way thereafter trodden by Michel de Certeau183 and even more so by Denis Vasse (b.1933).184 Among the projects including many researchers from this latest generation see the Dictionnaire des jésuites, by Benoist Pierre (b.1968) for Robert Laffont, in the collection Bouquins.

Now far removed from nineteenth-century controversy, Jesuit education in the late modern period is fully an object of historical scrutiny. The notion of the end of authentic Jesuit colleges, illustrated by John W. Padberg, alludes to the failure to keep alive in letter and spirit the Society of Jesus’s educational ideal. With  the spiritual dimension of the educational apostolate in mind,185 Pierre Vallin discerns the essence of two modes of presence to the world in these institutions: one extolling both the humility of the tasks falling to the “régent” or class assistant and the mutual emulation between educators and teachers, and the other emphasizing the trusting relationship between the fathers and their pupils.186 In his sweeping historical survey,187 Philippe Rocher188 closely observes the college as a unit for life and for Jesuit formation. Further academic research focuses on the “Conférences” the Jesuits facilitated in Paris for the benefit of students,189 whether around marking figures,190 viz. Pierre Lyonnet (1906–49),191 or specialist subjects.192 The singular figure of Marcel Jousse (1886–1961) stands out in this, the field of education; his collaborator’s publications193 have been followed by numerous studies on the educational applications of the Jesuit anthropologist’s findings, not least in the field of religion.194

The history of French Jesuit external missions is examined through a fresh lens. Forty years after the missiology developed by Pierre Charles (1883–1954), Pedro Arrupe officially endorsed the concept of “inculturation” to designate an evangelization adapted to a foreign society or a different culture.195 For a long time the interest in China was limited to the early modern period, the years prior to the missionaries’ expulsions in the wake of the Chinese Rites Controversy,196 years richly documented by the Jesuits themselves.197 While much research has dwelt on early modern China, its late modern period now also attracts academic attention.198 The field is dominated by specialists unimpeded by the language barrier, as with the  Jesuit Benoît Vermander,199 both a historian and a witness. Published testimonies such as that of Jesuit Pierre Leroy (1900–92), one of Teilhard de Chardin’s associates, director of the Institut Géobiologique in Peking (1940–46) and CNRS researcher (1946–70)200 are tantamount to source material. For his part, Jean Lefeuvre (1922–2010), worked with Claude Larre (1919–2001),201 towards the Grand Dictionnaire Ricci de la Langue chinoise published in 2001.202 Yves Raguin (1912–98), a champion of inter-cultural spiritual convergence is the object of a biographical study.203 Meanwhile Pierre Ceyrac (1914–2012), brought to public notice by his interview on Jacques Chancel’s radio talk show in 1981, volunteered answers on his missionary activity in India from 1937, and his life is recorded in a biography.204 Africa has always played host to Jesuit missionaries as Roland Pichon (1937–2002) illustrates for Debi Yomtou:205 his apostolate took him from Chad, to Zambia, to Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), to the Seychelles and, beyond, to Martinique. Some of his colleagues, e.g., Éric de Rosny (1930–2012)206 or Claude Pairault (1923–2002),207 would in the meantime become anthropologists.

More broadly, the history of a culture clash outside Europe benefits from “the recognition of mission as a formal academic pursuit” over the past 50 years.208 In the wake of Jacques Gadille (1927–2013), professor at Lyon University and founder in 1979 of the CREDIC (Centre de Recherches et d’Échanges sur la Diffusion et l’Inculturation du Christianisme), a vast amount of research is being carried out under the direction of Claude Prud’homme.209 Oissila Saaïdia counts some Jesuits in his study of Catholic and Muslim religious actors’ cross-perspectives.210 The nineteenth-century Syrian mission, which embraced Lebanon and Egypt, is at the core of Chantal Verdeil’s211 doctoral thesis while Dominique Avon surveys more broadly the forms and stakes of Jesuit missionary work in the first half of the twentieth century.212 The analysis of the encounter of cultures in the Jesuit mission in Madagascar, conducted first by the anthropologist Françoise Raison-Jourde, was further surveyed by Jesuit Stéphane Nicaise,213 also an anthropologist. As for the Jesuit missions in North America, essentially Canada,214 studies undertaken from the 1990s onwards are the preserve of academics. Following on Sylvie Dussault’s study of the Jesuit mission to the Ojibwa,215 the Belgian Olivier Servais explores four so-called “Indian” missions: Walpole, a Catholic French mission to the Anishinaabek, Wikwemikong on Anglican turf, where the Jesuits set up a method close to the one adopted once in Paraguay’s “reductions,” a mixed mission at Sault and Garden River, peripatetic as well as attending to the “natives” settled around the missionaries’ residence, and Fort-William an originally peripatetic mission. That study concludes that though the Jesuits adapted the better for receiving no instructions, the “natives” were on the whole unreceptive while seeking to make the best of their contact with the fathers.216



After a historiography in two diverging voices, apologetic for one and anti-Jesuit for the other, the writing of the history of the Society of Jesus has benefitted in France from scholarly critical methodology. However, while the “black legend” has almost completely vanished, a part of the “golden legend” has yet to be fully dismissed. Two historiographical schools took shape at the end of the twentieth century: the first places the advent of a “third Society” during the inter-wars period while the other, essentially driven by late modern period historians, including Jesuit Patrick Goujon (b.1969), favors the Second Vatican Council as the time of the birth of a new Society. Stressing “the need to set the 1814 reinstatement in the long term,” “the history of the order,” can, according to Patrick Goujon be split into “three broad periods: from the foundations to the seventeenth century, a long phase stretching from Acquaviva’s generalship to the build up to Vatican II in the 1950s and finally the phase running from the Council to present days.” Framed on the occasion of a symposium217 and in a forceful book,218 this conception is disputed by nineteenth and twentieth century specialists. Claude Langlois among others, refutes this interpretation, also developed by Jesuit John O’Malley,219 on the basis that “placed in such a long timeframe, the 1814 event becomes so diluted as to make one wonder whether it is anything worth remembering.” That historian insists that “the date of re-establishment places the Jesuits in a singular position. The Concordat signed in 1801 between Napoleon and the Holy See had reinstated the Lazarists, Sulpicians and Trappist orders. Meanwhile, the Dominicans and Benedictines would only be reinstated much later, circa 1840, and would thus be much less affected by the political context of their return to France: it is not by chance that Lacordaire, a Dominican, was able to develop a liberal position which finds no echoes in the other orders.”220

For more bibliographical information, consult Boston College Jesuit Bibliography: The New Sommervogel Online (NSO).


^ Back to text1. Pierre-Antoine Fabre and Catherine Maire, ed., Les antijésuites: Discours, figures et lieux de l’antijésuitisme à l’époque moderne (Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2010).

^ Back to text2. In each house of the order, whether residence or college, a member is tasked with recording the “Historia domus” insofar as the running of the Society of Jesus is based on the circulation of regular correspondence between the Jesuits and their superior general in Rome.

^ Back to text3. Marc Fumaroli, “Classicism and the Baroque: The Imago primi sæculi and Its Detractors,” in John W. O'Malley, ed., Art, Controversy, and the Jesuits: The Imago primi sæculi (1640) (Philadelphia: Saint Joseph's University Press, 2015).

^ Back to text4. The Lettres édifiantes et curieuses, written by a few Jesuit missionaries were printed in thirty–four duodecimo volumes (Paris: 1703–76). Further “relations” appeared in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, either in books or periodicals.

^ Back to text5. Louis de Bonald, “Des jésuites,” in Œuvres complètes, tome III, compiled and edited by Abbé Migne (Paris: n.p., 1859): 252 sq.

^ Back to text6. Abbé Ulysse Maynard, “Jacques Crétineau-Joly,” Le Constitutionnel (30 November 1875): 250.

^ Back to text7. Jacques Crétineau-Joly, Histoire religieuse, politique et littéraire de la Compagnie de Jésus, 6 vols. (Paris: Lecoffre et Cie, 1844–46, 1859).

^ Back to text8. Martial Marcet de la Roche-Arnaud, Mémoires d’un jeune jésuite ou conjuration de Mont-Rouge développée par des faits (Paris: Ambroise Dupont, 1828). One year earlier he had published  Les jésuites modernes, pour faire suite au mémoire de M. le comte de Montlosier (Paris: Ambroise Dupont, 1827).

^ Back to text9. Alexis Dumesnil, La nation française et son roi appelés à juger de la conspiration permanente et progressive du parti jésuitique (Paris: Hubert, 1825).

^ Back to text10. “Précis historique, Sur deux associations qui ont servi au rétablissement des jésuites,” in M. l'abbé Comte de Robiano, Continuation de l'Histoire de l'Église, de Bérault–Bercastel, depuis 1721 jusqu'en 1830 (Paris: Gauthier frères, 1836), 2:550.

^ Back to text11. Jean-Louis de Leissègues de Rozaven, La vérité défendue et prouvée par les faits contre les calomnies anciennes et nouvelles (Polock, n.p.: 1817), 7. The book was to be reprinted several times.

^ Back to text12. Jules Michelet and Edgar Quinet, Des jésuites (Paris: Hachette & Paulin, 1843), 3.

^ Back to text13. Arsène Cahour, Des jésuites par un jésuite (Paris: 1844; second revised edition), 1:10.

^ Back to text14. Adolphe Boucher (1847–1934), Histoire dramatique et pittoresque des jésuites depuis la fondation de l'ordre jusqu'à nos jours (Paris: Prin, 1845–46), 369–78. The book includes thirty lithograph plates of drawings by Théophile Fragonard (1806–76). Both volumes would be reprinted in 1851 and taken over by the administration de la Librairie générale illustrée.

^ Back to text15. Victor Hugo’s intervention at the Assemblée legislative July 9, 1850, http://tinyurl.com/hsg5wts (accessed February 10, 2017).

^ Back to text16. Paul Bert (1833–86), La morale des jésuites, avec une dédicace à M. Freppel, évêque d'Angers (Paris: G. Charpentier, 1880). Paul Bert was minister of education and cults in 1881.

^ Back to text17. Edmond de Pressensé, Variétés morales et politiques (Paris: Librairie Fischbacher, 1886), 309.

^ Back to text18. Stanislas du Lac, S.J., Jésuites (Paris: Plon, 1888, 1901).

^ Back to text19. Hugues Beylard, “Joseph Burnichon (1847–1936),” DMRFC, vol. 1.

^ Back to text20. Joseph Burnichon, “Une soutenance de doctorat ès-lettres en Sorbonne,” Études (June 1888): 209–10.

^ Back to text21. Joseph Burnichon, Les manuels d'éducation civique et morale et la condamnation de l'Index (Lyon: Vitte et Perrussel, 1883) (10ème éd.); L'État et ses rivaux dans l'enseignement secondaire (Paris: Poussielgue, 1898), “Alliance des maisons d'éducation chrétienne”; La liberté d'enseignement: Cinquante ans après (Paris: V. Lecoffre, 1900).

^ Back to text22. Several of these articles came out as pamphlets: L’enseignement secondaire et les mécomptes de l'université (Paris: V. Retaux et fils, 1892); Le retour aux champs et l'enseignement agricole dans les collèges catholiques (Paris: V. Retaux et fils, 1894); Les études classiques, discours prononcé à la distribution solennelle des prix de l'externat Saint–Joseph de Lyon, le 1er août 1898 (Lyon: M. Paquet, 1898).

^ Back to text23. Dominique Julia, “Éducation,” in André Burguière, ed., Dictionnaire des sciences historiques (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1986).

^ Back to text24. Eugène Pelletan, Les jésuites (Paris: A. Degorce et Cadot, 1880): 8–10 (quoted by Jacqueline Lalouette, La république anticléricale XIXe–XXe siècles [Paris: Seuil, 2002]: 50).

^ Back to text25. Antoine Sengler, Souvenirs d'académie: Séances littéraires et dramatiques données dans les collèges de la Compagnie de Jésus, en France, de 1815 à 1878 (Paris: Lefort, 1879).

^ Back to text26. Charles Daniel, La liberté d'enseignement: Les jésuites et la cour de Rome en 1845; Lettre à M. Guizot sur un chapitre de ses mémoires (Paris: J. Albanel, 1866); Alexis Clerc, marin, jésuite et otage de la Commune, fusillé à la Roquette, le 24 mai 1871: Simple biographie (Paris: Baltenweck, 1876), 2ème éd.

^ Back to text27. Gabriel Compayré, Histoire critique des doctrines de l'éducation en France depuis le seizième siècle, 2 vols. (Paris: Hachette, 1879). Charles Daniel, Les jésuites instituteurs de la jeunesse française au XVIIe et au XVIIIe siècle (Paris: V. Palmé, 1880). Édouard Pontal, L'université et les jésuites: Deux procès en cour de Parlement au XVIe siècle: Étude historique (Paris: E. Baltenweck, 1887). Aristide Douarche, L'université de Paris et les jésuites (XVIe et XVIIe siècles) (Paris: Hachette, 1888).

^ Back to text28. Camille de Rochemonteix, Un collège de jésuites aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles: Le collège Henri IV de La Flèche, 4 vols. (Le Mans: Leguicheux, 1889). In 1883, Camille de Rochemonteix had already published Souvenirs de Sainte-Croix du Mans, the history of which is, according to him, like all other colleges.

^ Back to text29. Gustave Dupont-Ferrier, La Vie quotidienne d'un collège parisien pendant plus de trois cent cinquante ans: Du collège de Clermont au lycée Louis-le-Grand (1563–1920) (Paris: de Boccard, 1921–25), 3 vols.: 1. Le Collège sous les jésuites, 1563–1762. Le Collège et la Révolution, 1763–1799; 2. Du Prytanée au lycée Louis-le-Grand (l'organisation moderne, 1800–1920); 3. Mémoires justificatifs, appendices, index général.

^ Back to text30. Programme et règlement des études de la Société de Jésus, comprenant les modifications faites en 1832 et 1858; translation by Henri Ferté of the Ratio atque institutio studiorum Societatis Jesu (Paris: Hachette, 1892).

^ Back to text31. Heinrich Boehmer, Jésuites: Traduction, introduction et notes par Gabriel Monod (Paris: Armand Colin, 1910) (There is an English translation: The Jesuits: An Historical Study; translated from the 4th rev. ed. by Paul Zeller Strodach [New York: Gordon Press, 1928, 1975]).

^ Back to text32. Alexandre Brou, Les grands ordres religieux: 1. La Compagnie de Jésus (Paris: Bloud, 1903, “Collection: Science et religion: Études pour le temps présent; 227. Série historique”). Alexandre Brou, Les jésuites de la légende: 1. Les origines jusqu'à Pascal; 2. De Pascal à nos jours (Paris: Victor Retaux, 1906–7).

^ Back to text33. After publishing Ignatius of Loyola’s letters the Institutum Historicum Societatis Iesu published the series Monumenta Historica Societatis Iesu that comprises all the fundamental texts of the Society of Jesus.

^ Back to text34. Augustin et Aloïs de Backer, Bibliothèque des écrivains de la compagnie de Jésus, ou Notices bibliographiques (Liège: Grandmont-Donders, 1854); Carlos Sommervogel, S.J., Bibliothèque de la Compagnie de Jésus, 12 vols. (Paris: Picard, 1890–1932).

^ Back to text35. Joseph Burnichon, La Compagnie de Jésus en France: Histoire d'un siècle, 1814–1914, 4 vols. (Paris: Beauchesne, 1914–22).

^ Back to text36. See Philippe Lécrivain, “Pour une plus grande gloire de Dieu:” Les missions jésuites, Découvertes Gallimard, invention du monde 110 (Paris: Gallimard, 1991).

^ Back to text37. Duclos, DMRFC: 15.

^ Back to text38. Paul Pupat, Essai historique et critique sur les missions des jésuites en Chine:  Mémoire (Paris: Ecole libre des sciences politiques, 1888).

^ Back to text39. Joseph Bertrand, La mission du Maduré d'après des documents inédits, 4 vols. (Paris: 1847–54); Joseph Bertrand, Lettres édifiantes et curieuses de la nouvelle mission du Maduré, 2 vols. (Paris: 1865).

^ Back to text40. Jean–Baptiste Piolet, La France au dehors: Les missions catholiques françaises au XIXe, 6 vols. (Paris: Colin, 1900–2).

^ Back to text41. Jean–Baptiste Piolet, Nos missions et nos missionnaires (Paris: Librairie Bloud, 1904), 5.

^ Back to text42. Joseph de La Servière (1866–1937), Histoire de la mission du Kiang–Nan (Zika–wei: Impr. de l'Orphelinat, 1914–15), vol. 1: Jusqu'à l'établissement d'un vicaire apostolique jésuite (1840–1856), vol. 2: Mgr Borgniet (1856–1862), Mgr Languillat (1864–1878). Zi Ka Wei is a suburb of Shanghai.

^ Back to text43. Pierre Mertens, La légende dorée en Chine: Scènes de la vie de mission au Tche–li sud–est, et plusieurs autres missionnaires jésuites français (Lille: Société Saint–Augustin, Desclée de Brouwer, 1925).

^ Back to text44. Georges Soulié de Morant, L’épopée des jésuites français en Chine (1534–1928) (Paris: Grasset, 1928).

^ Back to text45. Pierre Vallin, “La Nouvelle Compagnie en France: Les missions,” in Les jésuites: Spiritualité et activités; Jalons d’une histoire (Paris: Beauchesne, 1974), 174.

^ Back to text46. J.–M.–S. Daurignac, Vie du R. P. Clément Cathary, de la Compagnie de Jésus, missionnaire de Madagascar, mort en odeur de sainteté à l'île de la Réunion, le 25 mai 1863 (Paris: Bray, 1865).

^ Back to text47. Pierre Suau, S. J., Une âme d'apôtre: Le Père Victor Delpech de la Compagnie de Jésus, missionnaire au Maduré (1835–1887) (Tournai: Casterman, 1909); Un soldat de la Croix: Le P. Marc Barthélemy, de la Compagnie de Jésus, missionnaire dans l'Afrique du Sud, 1857–1913 (Paris: Beauchesne, 1917); G. André, Le R. P. Ferdinand Héraudeau, de la Compagnie de Jésus, missionnaire du Maduré, 1881–1901, et procureur de la Mission, 1901–1916 (Paris: L. Seitz et Cie, 1920).

^ Back to text48. Paul Doncoeur, “Bulletin de littérature hagiographique: Sainte Thérèse et saint François–Xavier, saint Ignace et saint François de Sales,” Études (February 20, 1923): 466.

^ Back to text49. Letter from Very Rev. Ledóchowski to the Fathers Provincial of the French Assistancy, Sur la formation des scolastiques (Roma: Apud curiam praepositi generalis, 1930), 5 and 18.

^ Back to text50. Joseph de Brucker, La Compagnie de Jésus: Esquisse de son institut et de son histoire, 1521–1773 (Paris: Beauchesne, 1919).

^ Back to text51. Henri Fouqueray, Histoire de la Compagnie de Jésus en France: Des origines à la suppression (1528–1762), vol. 3: Époque de progrès (1604–1623) (Paris: A. Picard, 1922).

^ Back to text52. One pseudonym for Paul Boulin, a priest in the diocese of Troyes, AKA I. de Récalde and Pierre Colmet.

^ Back to text53. Luc-Verus, “Ce que c’est qu’un ‘jésuite,’” Vérités XIX (1930): 4–9.

^ Back to text54. Paul Doncoeur, La Compagnie de Jésus (Paris: L’Art Catholique, 1930): 63–64, who also drafted in the same spirit the paper “Pour le quatrième centenaire de la Compagnie de Jésus” in 1940, AFSJ, JDO.

^ Back to text55. Jean–Baptiste Herman, La pédagogie des jésuites au XVIe siècle: Ses sources, ses caractéristiques, Université de Louvain: Recueil de travaux, 36 (Louvain: Bureaux du Recueil, 1914).

^ Back to text56. Marcel Viller s.j., assisted by F. Cavallera, S.J. and J. de Guibert S.J., Dictionnaire de spiritualité: Ascétique et mystique; Doctrine et histoire (Paris: Beauchesne, 1932)

^ Back to text57. Joseph de Guibert, La spiritualité de la Compagnie de Jésus: Esquisse historique (Rome: Institutum historicum SI, 1953). (It exists in translation as The Jesuits: Their Spiritual Doctrine and Practice; A Historical Study, trans. George E. Ganss [St. Louis, MO: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 1972]).

^ Back to text58. René Fulöp-Miller, Les jésuites et le secret de leur puissance: Histoire de la Compagnie de Jésus; Son rôle dans la civilisation, traduit de l’allemand par Jean–Gabriel Guideau (Paris: Plon, 1933), 2 vols. (It has also been translated into English as Power and Secret of The Jesuits, trans. F. S. Flint and D. F. Tait [New York: The Viking Press, 1930]).

^ Back to text59. Gaëtan Bernoville, Les jésuites (Paris: Grasset, 1934). (It has been translated as The Jesuits, trans. Kathleen Balfe [Tunbridge Wells, Burns, Oates & Washbourne, 1937]).

^ Back to text60. The book has been reprinted with the title Saint Ignace de Loyola et les jésuites, Le livre chrétien (Paris: Fayard, 1956).

^ Back to text61. Pierre Delattre, ed., Les établissements des jésuites en France depuis quatre siècles: Répertoire topo-bibliographique publié à l'occasion du 4ème centenaire; La fondation de la Compagnie de Jésus, 1540–1940, par les quatre provinces de l'ordre avec le concours de nombreux collaborateurs, 19 fascicules in 5 vols. (Enghien, Belgium: Institut supérieur de théologie, 1940–57).

^ Back to text62. François Charmot, La pédagogie des jésuites: Ses principes, son actualité (Paris: Spes, 1943, 1951).

^ Back to text63. The text went unpublished and is preserved in the Jesuit archive in Vanves.

^ Back to text64. Most of the texts have been collected in a book: François de Dainville, L'éducation des jésuites XVIe–XVIIIe siècles: Textes réunis et présentés par Marie–Madeleine Compère (Paris: Éditions de Minuit, 1978).

^ Back to text65. John W. Padberg, Colleges in Controversy: The Jesuit Schools in France from Revival to Suppression, 1815–1880, Harvard Historical Studies 83 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1969).

^ Back to text66. To wit: Georges Goyau, Missions et missionnaires (Paris: Bloud & Gay, 1931) and La France missionnaire dans les 5 parties du monde, 2 vols. (Paris: Plon, 1948).

^ Back to text67. Henri Charles, Jésuites missionnaires (Paris: Beauchesne, 1929).

^ Back to text68. Alexandre Brou, Cent ans de missions. 1815–1934: Les jésuites missionnaires au XIXe et au XXe siècle (Paris: Éditions Spes, 1935). Alexandre Brou and Frédéric Gibert, with an epilogue by Georges Goyau, Un missionnaire, le P. Gustave Gibert de la Compagnie de Jésus: 1862–1936: Avec extraits des Notes spirituelles du père Gibert (Paris: Dillen, 1937). Alexandre Brou, Sur les frontières de l’Eglise: Un siècle de missions 1800–1940 (Paris: Pages catholiques, 1942).

^ Back to text69. Paul Lesourd, Histoire des missions catholiques: Lettre-préface de Mgr André Boucher (Bourges; Paris: Librairie de l'Arc, 1937).

^ Back to text70. Claude Chanteur, “La mission de Syrie 1831–1943,” Lettres de Fourvière (1936): 73–91.

^ Back to text71. Louis Jalabert, Syrie et Liban: Réussite française? (Paris: Plon, 1934).

^ Back to text72. Joseph Hajjar, L’apostolat des missionnaires latins dans le Proche-Orient selon les directives romaines (Jerusalem: [the Author], 1956).

^ Back to text73. Adrien Boudou, Les jésuites à Madagascar au XIXe siècle, 2 vols. (Paris: Beauchesne, 1942).

^ Back to text74. Simon Delacroix, ed., Histoire universelle des missions catholiques, 4 vols. (Paris: Gründ, 1956–59).

^ Back to text75. James Broderick, Origines et expansion des jésuites, transl. J. Boulangé (Paris: Sfelt, 1950) (from original The Origin of the Jesuits [Longmans, Green and Co., 1940]).

^ Back to text76. Pierre Dominique, La politique des jésuites (Paris: Grasset, 1955). The book was to be reprinted ten years later.

^ Back to text77. Albert Valensin, La vie intérieure d’un jésuite: Journal spirituel 1873–1944 (Paris: Aubier/Montaigne, 1953).

^ Back to text78. Jean Levie, “La correspondance Blondel-Valensin 1899–1912,” Nouvelle revue théologique 81, no. 10 (1959): 1073–81.

^ Back to text79. Auguste Valensin, La joie dans la foi (Paris: Aubier, 1974, 1954). See also Auguste Valensin, Textes et documents inédits (Paris: Aubier, 1961).

^ Back to text80. “Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,” La table ronde 90 (June 1955).

^ Back to text81. Pierre Leroy, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin tel que je l'ai connu (Paris: Plon, 1958); Claude Cuénot, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: Les grandes étapes de son évolution  (Paris: Plon, 1958). (It exists in translation as Teilhard de Chardin by Claude Cuénot, trans. Vincent Colimore, ed., René Hague [Baltimore: Baltimore Helicon Press, Inc., 1958, 1965]).

^ Back to text82. Henri de Lubac, La pensée religieuse du Père Teilhard de Chardin (Paris: Aubier, 1962). (It exists in translation as The Religion of Teilhard de Chardin, trans. René Hague [London: Collins, 1968]).

^ Back to text83. Henri de Lubac, La prière du Père Teilhard de Chardin (Paris: Fayard, 1968).

^ Back to text84. Henri de Lubac, Blondel et Teilhard de Chardin Correspondance commentée, Bibliothèque des Archives de philosophie (Paris: Beauchesne, 1965).

^ Back to text85. Christopher Hollis, Histoire des jésuites, transl. Claire Poole (Paris: Fayard, 1969) (original: A History of the Jesuits [New York: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1968]).

^ Back to text86. René d’Ouince, Un prophète en procès: Teilhard de Chardin, Intelligence de la foi (Paris: Aubier, 1970). Vol. 1: Dans l'Église de son temps. Vol. 2: Et l’avenir de la pensée chrétienne.

^ Back to text87. Michel de Certeau and François Roustang, “Note sur Christus,” June 10, 1966, typed document, ACSJ, I – Pa 680/5.

^ Back to text88. Denis Pelletier, “Loudun, Certeau et Mandrou: Un jésuite chez les historiens,” in Etienne Fouilloux and Frédéric Gugelot, eds., Jésuites français et sciences humaines (années 1960), Chrétiens et Sociétés: Documents et mémoires, 22 (Lyon: RESEA & LARBRA, 2013), 157–73.

^ Back to text89. Paul Droulers, Le Père Desbuquois et l'Action populaire: Politique sociale et christianisme, vol. 1, Débuts, syndicalisme et intégristes (1903–1918) (Paris: Éditions ouvrières, 1969); vol. 2, Dans la gestation d’un monde nouveau (1919–1946) (Rome: Presses de l’Université grégorienne, 1981).

^ Back to text90. Emile Poulat, “Le catholicisme devant l'ébranlement de son système d'emprise: Étude critique,” Archives de sociologie des religions 28 (1969): 131–47.

^ Back to text91. Paul Droulers, “Réflexions sur une discussion critique,” Archives de sociologie des religions 28 (1969): 149–52.

^ Back to text92. Jean-Marie Mayeur, “Droulers (Paul), Politique sociale et christianisme: Le Père Desbuquois et l'Action populaire, vol. 2:  Dans la gestation d'un monde nouveau (1919–1946),” Archives de sciences sociales des religions 53, no. 2 (1982): 282–83.

^ Back to text93. Joseph Stierli, Les jésuites, transl. Raymond Bréchet, Terre et louange (Paris: Éditions Saint–Paul, 1966).

^ Back to text94. Alain Guillermou, Saint Ignace de Loyola et la Compagnie de Jésus, Maîtres spirituels 23 (Paris: Seuil, 1960, 2007); Les jésuites: Que sais–je? (Paris, PUF, 1961, 1999).

^ Back to text95. Les jésuites: Spiritualité et activités, jalons d’une histoire (Paris: Rome: Beauchesne, Centrum Ignatianum, 1974).

^ Back to text96. Ibid.

^ Back to text97. Jean Roche, Liberté du chrétien, autorité de l’Eglise, “Points chauds” (Paris: Fayard, 1972).

^ Back to text98. Renée Bédarida, Les armes de l’Esprit: Témoignage chrétien 1941–1944 (Paris: Les éditions ouvrières, 1977).

^ Back to text99. Gianni La Bella, ed., Pedro Arrupe, supérieur général des jésuites, 1965–1983: Le gouvernement d'un prophète; Avec les contributions de Manuel Alcalá, Alfonso Álvarez Bolado, Jean–Yves Calvez, Suivi d'un témoignage d'Adolfo Nicolás (Bruxelles: Lessius, 2009). Translation of Pedro Arrupe, general de la Compañía de Jesús: Nuevas aportaciones a su biografía (Bilbao: Ediciones Mensajero; Santander: Sal Terrae, 2007).

^ Back to text100. Pedro Arrupe, Itinéraire d'un jésuite: Entretiens avec Jean-Claude Dietsch, s.j., Les interviews (Paris: Centurion, 1982), 87.

^ Back to text101. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, Faubourg du Saint–Esprit: Entretien avec Jean–Luc Pouthier (Paris: Bayard éditions, 2004), 122.

^ Back to text102. Mireille Chmelewsky, ed., À l'occasion du bicentenaire de la naissance de Jean Gagarine, s.j., 1814–1882: Actes du colloque du 18 octobre 2014, Travaux et conférences du Centre Sèvres (Paris: Médiasèvres, 2016). Paul Pierling (1840–22), Le prince Gagarine et ses amis, 1814–1882 (Paris: Beauchesne, 1996). Robert Danieluk, "Œcuménisme" au XIXe siècle: Jésuites russes et union de églises d'après les Archives romaines de la Compagnie de Jésus, Monumenta Historica Societatis Iesu, Series Nova 4 (Rome: Institutum Historicum Societatis Iesu, 2009), amounting to Jean Gagarine’s correspondence with the Fathers General Beckx and Roothaan.

^ Back to text103. Emmanuel de Roux, “La bibliothèque slave des jésuites de Meudon sur le point de déménager,” Le Monde (May 31, 2002). Laurence Monroe, “La fermeture du Centre russe de Meudon suscite la polémique,” La Croix (May 31, 2002). On the history of the centre, see Antoine Elens and François Rouleau, ed., Sur l’histoire du Centre voir Saint-Georges: Un collège jésuite pour les Russes; De Constantinople à Meudon, 1921–1992, Collection Simvol (Meudon: Bibliothèque slave de Paris, 1993).

^ Back to text104. Besides studies on the works of this Jesuit active in several humanities fields, see Mémorial du Bienheureux Pierre Favre, traduit et commenté par Michel de Certeau, Christus: Textes 4 (Paris: Desclée de Brouwer, 1960); Correspondance de Jean–Joseph Surin, texte établi, présenté et annoté par Michel de Certeau, Bibliothèque européenne (Paris: Desclée, 1966), and his own biography by François Dosse, Michel de Certeau: Le marcheur blessé (Paris: La Découverte, 2007).

^ Back to text105. The text of this entry in tome VIII is published as free standing book: Les jésuites: Spiritualité et activités, jalons d'une histoire, introduction by Alain Guillermou, postface by Karl Rahner, bibliography by André Derville (Paris: Beauchesne, 1974).

^ Back to text106. Paul Duclos, ed., Dictionnaire du monde religieux de la France contemporaine, vol. 1: Les jésuites (Paris: Beauchesne, 1985), 13.

^ Back to text107. Charles E. O'Neill, Joaquín María Domínguez, eds., Diccionario histórico de la Compañía de Jesús: Biográfico–temático, 4 vols. (Roma: Institutum historicum S.I., 2001).

^ Back to text108. Robert Danieluk, “L’écriture de l’histoire de la Compagnie de Jésus: L’œuvre bibliographique de Carlos Sommervogel (1890–1932),” (PhD diss., EPHE, 2004). Robert Danieluk, La Bibliothèque de Carlos Sommervogel: Le sommet de l'œuvre bibliographique de la Compagnie de Jésus (1890–1932) (Rome: Institutum Historicum S.I., 2006).

^ Back to text109. Jean Daniélou, Et qui est mon prochain? (Paris: Stock, “Mémoires,” 1974).

^ Back to text110. Henri de Lubac, Mémoire sur l’occasion de mes écrits (Paris: Cerf, 2006), 506. This third edition, identical to that of 1992, is included in the Œuvres complètes (it exists in translation as At the Service of the Church: Henri de Lubac Reflects on the Circumstances That Occasioned His Writings, trans. Anne Elizabeth Englund, Communio Books [San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1993]).

^ Back to text111. François Varillon, Beauté du monde et souffrance des hommes: Entretiens avec Charles Ehlinger (Paris: le Centurion, 1980, 2005). François Varillon, Journal d'une passion, éd. établie et présentée par Robert Belot, postface de Charles Ehlinger (Paris: le Centurion, 1994).

^ Back to text112. Emile Rideau, “Saint Ignace et la Compagnie de Jésus,” in Gabriel Le Bras, ed., Les ordres religieux, la vie et l'art (Paris: Flammarion, 1979), 530–682.

^ Back to text113. Jacques Sommet, L'Honneur de la liberté: Entretiens avec Charles Ehlinger (Paris: le Centurion, 1987). Jacques Sommet, Passion des hommes et pardon de Dieu, avec la collaboration de Charles Ehlinger (Paris: le Centurion, 1990).

^ Back to text114. Michel Riquet (1898–1993), Le rebelle discipliné: Entretiens avec Alain–Gilles Minella (Paris: Mame, 1993).

^ Back to text115. Jacques Guillet, Habiter les Écritures: Entretiens avec Charles Ehlinger (Paris: le Centurion, 1993).

^ Back to text116. Xavier Léon–Dufour, Dieu se laisse chercher: Dialogue d’un bibliste avec Jean-Maurice de Montrémy (Paris: Plon, 1995).

^ Back to text117. André Manaranche, Prêtre. Genèse d’une réflexion (Paris: Éditions du Sarment-Jubilé, 2009). Some autobiographical elements were already present in Attitudes chrétiennes en politique (Paris: Seuil, 1978).

^ Back to text118. Joseph Moingt, Les trois visiteurs: Entretiens sur la Trinité, propos recueillis par Marc Leboucher (Paris: Desclée de Brouwer, 1999); Croire quand même: Libres entretiens sur le présent et le futur du catholicisme, entretiens menés par Karim Mahmoud-Vintam, en collaboration avec Lucienne Gouguenheim (Paris: Temps présent, 2010, 2013).

^ Back to text119. Bernard Sesboüé, La théologie au XXe siècle et l'avenir de la foi: Entretiens avec Marc Leboucher (Paris: Desclée de Brouwer, 2007).

^ Back to text120. Jean-Yves Calvez, Compagnon de Jésus: Un itinéraire (Paris: Desclée de Brouwer, 2000) and Traversées jésuites: Mémoires de France, de Rome, du monde; 1958–1988 (Paris: Cerf, 2009).

^ Back to text121. Paul Valadier, L'intelligence de croire: Entretiens avec Marc Leboucher (Paris: Salvator, 2014).

^ Back to text122. Xavier Tilliette, “Confession d’un jésuite,” Conférence 21 (Autumn 2005): 415–25.

^ Back to text123. Pierre Antoine, Paul Beauchamp, Louis Beirnaert, et al., 1917–1981: Grandes voix jésuites du XXe siècle (Paris: Bayard, publication by the journal Études, 2002).

^ Back to text124. Alain Woodrow, Les jésuites: Histoire de pouvoirs (Paris: Lattès, 1984). Extract quoted in Lire 102 (March 1984): 74 (in English: The Jesuits: A Story of Power [London: New York, Geoffrey Chapman, 1995]).

^ Back to text125. Malachi Martin, Les jésuites, transl. and ed. Paul Couturiau (Paris: Éditions du Rocher, 1987, 1989). (Drawn from the original in English: The Jesuits: The Society of Jesus and the Betrayal of the Roman Catholic Church [New York: Linden Press/Simon & Schuster, 1987]).

^ Back to text126. Jean-Claude Dhôtel, S.J., Histoire des jésuites en France: Chemins actuels d’une tradition sans rivage, Christus (Paris: Desclée de Brouwer and Bellarmin, 1987).

^ Back to text127. Ignace de Loyola, Écrits, traduits et présentés sous la direction de Maurice Giuliani, S.J., Christus: Textes 76 (Paris: Desclée de Brouwer; Montreal: Bellarmin, 1991).

^ Back to text128. Peter–Hans Kolvenbach, Vous avez dit jésuites?: Entretien avec R. Giacomelli, préface de Jean–Yves Calvez (Paris: Médiaspaul, 1991).

^ Back to text129. Elisabeth Antebi and François Lebrun, Les jésuites ou la gloire de Dieu (Paris: Stock 1990).

^ Back to text130. John W. O'Malley, Les premiers jésuites, 1540–1565, transl. Édouard Boné (Paris: Desclée de Brouwer, 1999) (original in English: The First Jesuits [Cambridge, MA Harvard University Press, 1993]).

^ Back to text131. Jean Lacouture, Jésuites: Une multibiographie, 1. Les conquérants, 2. Les revenants, 2 vols. (Paris: Seuil, 1991–92).

^ Back to text132. Pierre Assouline, “Jean Lacouture: Le bricoleur superbe,” L’histoire (September 2015): 98.

^ Back to text133. Among numerous examples, see for instance: François Foucard, “Jésuites de France: Le bruit ne fait pas de bien, le bien ne fait pas de bruit,” Figaro Magazine (October 13, 1990).

^ Back to text134. Gérard Raynal, “J’appellerai le feu: Des jésuites dans les combats du XXe siècle,” documentary realized in 2001 and broadcasted on the Franco-German channel Arte in March 2002.

^ Back to text135. Michel Leroy, Le mythe jésuite: De Béranger à Michelet (Paris: PUF, 1992, 2014). (The book based on a PhD thesis presented in 1991].

^ Back to text136. Geoffrey T. Cubitt, The Jesuit Myth: Conspiracy Theory and Politics in Nineteenth-Century France (Oxford: Clarendon press, 1993).

^ Back to text137. Philippe Boutry, “Edgar Quinet et le mythe jésuite en 1843: Nova et vetera,” in Pierre-Antoine Fabre and Catherine Maire, eds., Lesantijésuites: Discours, figures et lieux de l’antijésuitisme à l’époque moderne (Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2010), 91–135.

^ Back to text138. Martine de Sauto, “Cent ans de réflexion sociale au service de l’Église,” La Croix (October 10, 2003).

^ Back to text139. Nicolas Senèze, “‘Christus’: 50 ans au service de la vie spirituelle,” La Croix  (January 15, 2004).

^ Back to text140. Henri Tincq, “La revue jésuite ‘Études’ fête son 150e anniversaire,” Le Monde (June 14, 2006).

^ Back to text141. Théologies et vérité au défi de l’histoire (Peeters, 2010).

^ Back to text142. Jean–Baptiste Lecuit, “Livre du centenaire des RSR:Théologies et vérité au défi de l’histoire,” Recherches de Science Religieuse 98, no. 3 (2010): 347–48. Bernard Sesboüé insists on his “creativity” and his spirituality in Léonce de Grandmaison 1868–1927: Un intellectuel témoin du Christ et apôtre de l'Esprit, Petite bibliothèque jésuite (Namur: Lessius, 2015).

^ Back to text143. http://www.jesuites.com/2013/09/les–archives–jesuites (accessed February 10, 2017).

^ Back to text144. Robert Bonfils, “Guide des Archives des jésuites de France à Vanves,” summer 1999, typed document, p. 3.

^ Back to text145. Catherine Bousquet–Bressolier, ed., François de Dainville S.J. (1909–1971), pionnier de l'histoire de la cartographie et de l'éducation: Actes du colloque international organisé par l'U.M.R. 8586 PRODIG à Paris, les 6 et 7 juin 2002 (Paris: École des chartes, 2004).

^ Back to text146. Guy et Geneviève Demerson, Bernard Dompnier et Annie Regond, eds., Les jésuites parmi les hommes aux XVIe et XVIIe siècles: Actes du colloque de Clermont–Ferrand, avril 1985, organisé par le Centre de recherches sur la Réforme et la Contre–Réforme de l'Université de Clermont II (Clermont–Ferrand: Association des publications de la Faculté des lettres et sciences humaines de Clermont–Ferrand, 1987).

^ Back to text147. Marc Fumaroli, L'âge de l'éloquence: Rhétorique et res literaria de la Renaissance au seuil de l'époque classique (Genève: Droz, 1980, 2002).

^ Back to text148. Luce Giard, ed., Les jésuites à la Renaissance: Système éducatif et production du savoir, Bibliothèque d'histoire des sciences (Paris: Presses universitaires de France, 1995); Luce Giard et Louis de Vaucelles, Les jésuites à l'âge baroque, 1540–1640 (Grenoble, Jérôme Millon, 1996).

^ Back to text149. “Désenclaver” has been defined as a “new approach of moving beyond the usual limits of Jesuit historiography” by Robert Aleksander Maryks (cf. note 218).

^ Back to text150. This presentation is the work of Pierre-Antoine Fabre and Antonella Romano. Revue de Synthèse 2–3 (November 1999), Les jésuites dans le monde moderne, nouvelles approches. The issue includes articles, the summing up of answers to Louis Châtellier (1935–2016), Luce Giard, Dominique Julia, and John O’Malley, and a bibliographic file comprising reports.

^ Back to text151. Pierre Vallin, “L’invention de la jeunesse militante,” in Gérard Cholvy, Bernard Comte and Vincent Féroldi, ed., Jeunesses chrétiennes au XXe siècle, Eglises/Sociétés (Paris: Éditions ouvrières, 1991), 27–30.

^ Back to text152. Gérard Cholvy and Yves–Marie Hilaire, Histoire religieuse de la France contemporaine, vol. 3: 1930/1988 (Toulouse: “Bibliothèque historique Privat,” 1988), 308.

^ Back to text153. Bernard Plongeron, “Du ‘fanatisme’ de l’Europe catholique: la suppression des jésuites,” in Jean-Marie Mayeur et al., eds., Histoire du christianisme, vol. 10, B. Plongeron, ed., Les défis de la modernité (1750–1840) (Paris: Desclée, 1997), 179–91.

^ Back to text154. Jacques Le Goff and René Rémond, eds., Histoire la France religieuse, vol. 3: Du Roi Très-Chrétien à la laïcité républicaine XVIIIe–XIXe siècle (Paris: Seuil, 1991); vol. 4: Société sécularisée et renouveaux religieux (XXe siècle) (Paris: Seuil, 1992).

^ Back to text155. Gaston Fessard, Journal de la conscience française 1940–1944 followed by Qu’est–ce qu’un gouvernement “légitime”? (Paris: Plon, 2001). Preface by René Rémond.

^ Back to text156. Pierre Bolle and Jean Godel, eds., Spiritualité, théologie et Résistance: Yves de Montcheuil, théologien au maquis du Vercors: Colloque de Biviers, 27–29 septembre 1984 (Grenoble: Presses universitaires de Grenoble, 1987). On Yves de Montcheuil, see Bernard Sesboüé, Yves de Montcheuil (1900–1944): Précurseur en théologie (Paris: Cerf, 2006).

^ Back to text157. Renée Bédarida, Pierre Chaillet: Témoin de la résistance spirituelle (Paris: Fayard, 1988).

^ Back to text158. François et Renée Bédarida, La résistance spirituelle 1941–1944: Les Cahiers clandestins du Témoignage chrétien (Paris: Albin Michel, 2001).

^ Back to text159. Quoted by Bernard Jouanno, “La refondation de Témoignage chrétien,” La Croix (April 12, 2001).

^ Back to text160. Henri Amouroux, “Le militantisme chrétien contre le nazisme,” Le Figaro littéraire (March 1, 2001).

^ Back to text161. Bernard Comte, L’honneur et la conscience: Catholiques français en résistance 1940–1944 (Paris: Éditions de l’Atelier, 1998). and “Jésuites lyonnais résistants,” in Etienne Fouilloux and Bernard Hours, eds., Les jésuites à Lyon, XVIe–XXe siècle (Paris: ENS Éditions, 2005), 189–204.

^ Back to text162. Etienne Fouilloux, Les Catholiques et l’unité chrétienne du XIXe au XXe siècle: Itinéraires européens d’expression française (Paris: Le Centurion, 1982).

^ Back to text163. Etienne Fouilloux, “Vatican et Russie soviétique (1917–1939),” in Au cœur du XXe siècle religieux (Paris, Éditions ouvrières, 1993), 147–66. Laura Pettinaroli, “La politique russe du Saint–Siège (1905–1939)” (PhD diss., Université Lyon 2, 2008).

^ Back to text164. Etienne Fouilloux, Les catholiques et l’unité chrétienne du XIXe au XXe siècle. See also Philippe Rocher, “Le groupe œcuménique des Dombes (1953–1985)” (MA thesis, Université Lyon 2, 1991).

^ Back to text165. Étienne Fouilloux, Une Église en quête de liberté: La pensée catholique française entre modernisme et Vatican II 1914–1962 (Paris: Desclée de Brouwer, 1998), 11.

^ Back to text166. Etienne Fouilloux, La collection “Sources chrétiennes”: Éditer les Pères de l’Église (Paris: Cerf, 2011).

^ Back to text167. Etienne Fouilloux, “Naissance, enfance et adolescence de Christus,” Christus: Témoin de la vie spirituelle de notre temps 1954–2004 (2004): 24–52.

^ Back to text168. Etienne Fouilloux, Yves de Montcheuil: Philosophe et théologien jésuite (Paris: Médiasèvres, 1995). François Varillon: Essai biographique (Paris: Desclée de Brouwer, 2007).

^ Back to text169. Jean-Dominique Durand and Patrick Cabanel, eds., Le grand exil des congrégations religieuses françaises, 1901–1914 (Paris: Le Cerf, 2005). Christian Sorrel, La République contre les congrégations: Histoire d’une passion française. 1899–1904 (Paris: Cerf, 2003).

^ Back to text170. Yvon Tranvouez, Catholiques et communistes: La crise du progressisme chrétien 1950–1955 (Paris: Cerf, 2000), “L’historien, le jésuite et l’archevêque,” 24–30. Martine Sevegrand, Temps Présent: Une aventure chrétienne (Paris: Éditions du Temps Présent), vol. 1: L’hebdomadaire 1937–1947 (Paris: Cerf, 2006); vol. 2 Une avant–garde catholique 1950–1968 (Paris: Cerf, 2011).

^ Back to text171. Alain-René Michel, La JEC (Jeunesse étudiante chrétienne) face au nazisme et à Vichy (1938–1944) (Villeneuve–d'Ascq: Presses universitaires de Lille, 1988); Catholiques en démocratie (Paris: Cerf, 2006). Bernard Giroux, “La jeunesse étudiante chrétienne (J.E.C. et J.E.C.F.) de 1945 aux années soixante–dix” (PhD diss., Institut d'études politiques, 2009), published under the title: La jeunesse étudiante chrétienne: Des origines aux années 1970 (Paris: Cerf, 2013).

^ Back to text172. Etienne Fouilloux, “Les jésuites en France du XIXe au XXe siècle,” in Étienne Fouilloux and Bernard Hours, eds., Les jésuites à Lyon, XVIe–XXe siècle (Lyon, ENS éditions, 2005), 247–64.

^ Back to text173. Étienne Fouilloux and Bernard Hours, eds., Les jésuites à Lyon, XVIe–XXe siècle (Lyon: ENS éditions, 2005).

^ Back to text174. To date, two volumes have been published under the direction of Étienne Fouilloux and Frédéric Gugelot: Jésuites et littérature (XIXe–XXe siècles), Chrétiens et Sociétés: Documents et Mémoires, 13 (Lyon: LARHRA RESEA, 2011); Jésuites français et sciences humaines (années 1960), Chrétiens et Sociétés: Documents et mémoires, 22 (Lyon: LARHRA RESEA, 2014).

^ Back to text175. Marie-Claude Flageat, Les jésuites français dans la Grande Guerre: Témoins, victimes, héros, apôtres, “Histoire religieuse de la France” (Paris: Cerf, 2008).

^ Back to text176. Michel Fourcade, “Controverses sur le sens de l’Histoire: J. Maritain face à G. Fessard,” in Jean-Dominique Durand and René Mougel, eds., Penser la mondialisation avec Jacques Maritain: Enjeux et défis, Chrétiens et sociétés: Documents et mémoires, 21 (Lyon: LARHRA RESEA, 2013), 161–82.

^ Back to text177. Dominique Avon and Philippe Rocher, Les jésuites et la société française, XIXe–XXe siècles, Hommes et communautés (Toulouse: Privat, 2001).

^ Back to text178. Dominique Avon, Paul Doncoeur s.j. (1880–1961): Un croisé dans le siècle (Paris: Cerf, 2001).

^ Back to text179. Philippe Rocher, “Cité nouvelle 1941–1944: Les jésuites entre incarnation et eschatologie,” Chrétiens et sociétés, no. 2 (1995): 7–82; “François Charmot, pédagogue de l'élite chrétienne,” in René Cailleau, ed., Pédagogie chrétienne, pédagogues chrétiens: Colloque international d'Angers, Sciences de l'éducation (Paris: Don Bosco, 1996), 335–66.

^ Back to text180. Laurence Deffayet, “La redécouverte des origines juives du christianisme et l'émergence du dialogue judéo–chrétien dans l'Église catholique 1926–1962” (PhD diss., Université Paris 1, 2006) and “Le Père Joseph Bonsirven: Un parcours fait d'ombres et de lumière,” Archives juives 40, no. 1 (2007): 45–57 (dossier "Philosémites chrétiens”). Frédéric Lunel, “Roger braun s.j. (1910–1981): Engagement philosémite et secours aux étrangers” (PhD diss., Université du Maine, Le Mans, 2013).

^ Back to text181. François Dosse, Michel de Certeau: Le marcheur blessé (Paris: La Découverte, 2002).

^ Back to text182. Agnès Desmazières, “Spiritualité jésuite et psychanalyse lacanienne: Louis Beirnert, lecteur d’Ignace de Loyola,” in Étienne Fouilloux and Frédéric Gugelot, eds., Jésuites français  et sciences humaines (années 1960), Chrétiens et sociétés: Documents et mémoires 22 (Lyon: RESEA–LAHRA, 2014), 135–55; Agnès Desmazières, L'inconscient au paradis: Comment les catholiques ont reçu la psychanalyse, 1920–1965 (Paris: Payot, 2011).

^ Back to text183. Michel de Certeau drafted Louis Beirnaert obituary in the French Jesuit internal publication: Michel de Certeau, “Louis Beirnaert,” Compagnie (December 1985): 192.

^ Back to text184. After his PhD in medical science, “Aperçus sur les rapports entre psychopathologie et vocation religieuse” (Université d'Aix–Marseille, 1960), Denis Vasse published nine years later his first book: Le temps du désir: Essai sur le corps et la parole (Paris: Seuil, 1969). His psychoanalytic formation followed in the trend of Jacques Lacan, Serge Leclaire, and Françoise Dolto, a specialist in childhood; as from 1964 he was a member of the École Freudienne de Paris. The Jesuit Michel Farin (b.1935) has directed three films introducing his work: Michel Farin and Patrice Chagnard, eds., Denis Vasse: Entre violence et douceur; La parole vive (Paris: Le Jour du Seigneur édition, 2012). Denis Vasse’s work is accessible on the Internet via the site of the association “Psychanalyse et Anthropologie”: http://www.denis–vasse.com/ (accessed February 10, 2017).

^ Back to text185. Pierre Vallin, “La nouvelle Compagnie en France,” in Les jésuites: Spiritualité et activités; Jalons d’une histoire (Paris: Beauchesne, 1974), 155–96.

^ Back to text186. Three of his papers cast a light on developments during that period: “Vues sur l’éducation dans la Compagnie de Jésus au moment de sa suppression,” Les Cahiers de Fontenay 49–50; Pédagogie, valeurs, sociétés: Proceedings of the CERIC symposium (Chantilly: ENS Fontenay–Saint–Cloud, 1986): 69–100; “Les jésuites français vers 1848,” Bédouelle Guy, ed., Lacordaire, son pays, ses amis et la liberté des ordres religieux en France (Paris: Cerf, 1991), 303–13 ; “Un projet de société à travers l’éducation,” in Politique et mystique chez les jésuites: Hier et aujourd’hui (Paris: Médiasèvres, 1990), 20, and “Église, société, chrétienté, vers 1930,” in Pierre Colin, ed., Les catholiques français et l'héritage de 1789 (Paris: Beauchesne, 1989), 123–39.

^ Back to text187. Philippe Rocher, Le goût de l’excellence: Quatre siècles d’éducation jésuite en France (Paris: Beauchesne, 2011).

^ Back to text188. Philippe Rocher, “Un collège de la Compagnie de Jésus au XIXe et XXe siècle: Notre-Dame de Mongré à Villefranche-sur-Saône (1851–1951)” (PhD diss., Université du Maine, 2015).

^ Back to text189. Emmanuelle Bastide, “La Conférence Olivaint (1947–1987): Un lieu de formation des élites à la vie civique” (MA thesis, Institut d'études politiques, Paris, 1990). David Colon, “Un cercle d'étudiants catholiques sous la Troisième république: La conférence Olivaint (1875–1940)” (MA thesis, Institut d'études politiques, Paris: 1996). David Colon, “Les jésuites et la jeunesse catholique en France dans l'entre-deux-guerres,” in Histoire@Politique: Politique, culture, société; Revue électronique du Centre d’histoire de Sciences–Po 4 ( January–April 2008); Les jeunes, sujets et enjeux politiques (France, XXe siècle), dossier compiled by Ludivine Bantigny.

^ Back to text190. Philippe Rocher, “Refuser la guerre au temps de la guerre froide: Un chrétien peut-il être objecteur de conscience? by Pierre Lorson (S.J.),” in Jacqueline Lalouette and Séverine Blenner-Michel, eds., Servir Dieu en temps de guerre: Guerre et clergés à l’époque contemporaine (XIXe–XXIe siècles) (Paris, Armand Colin, 2013), 249–64.

^ Back to text191. Philippe Rocher, “Le collège jésuite école de sainteté? Pierre Lyonnet, éducateur et maître spirituel,” in François Raviez, ed., L’image du maître spirituel (an international symposium organized by the Université d’Artois in May 2014; proceedings in preparation).

^ Back to text192. Philippe Rocher, “De l’enseignement à l’éducation jésuite en région lyonnaise (1850–1950),” in Étienne Fouilloux and Bernard Hours, eds., Les jésuites à Lyon XVIe–XXe siècles (Lyon: E.N.S. Éditions, 2005), 113–30; “Face à ‘une forme et une force d’éducation populaire formidable’: L’apostolat cinématographique des jésuites français (1919–1939),” in Jeunesse, éducation et religion au XXe siècle: En mémoire à Alain–René Michel, texts collected by Philippe Guignet and Jean-François Chanet, Revue du Nord 23 (2009): 63–86; “Une reconquête éducative catholique par le livre: Les éditions SPES (1922–1960),” in Jean–François Condette, ed., Éducation, religion, laïcité (XVIe–XXe s.): Continuités, tensions et ruptures dans la formation des élèves et des enseignants (Villeneuve d’Ascq: CEGES – Lille 3, 2010), 479–507; “De la scolarisation des enfants de ‘familles honorables’ aux nouveaux externats jésuites: L’apostolat éducatif de la Compagnie de Jésus et le coût des études secondaires (1850–1960),” in Jean–François Condette, ed., Le coût des études, ses implications scolaires, sociales et politiques (XVIe–XXe siècles) (Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2012), 389–407; “Devenir jésuite au Québec: Piété, lettres et théologie au Canada français (1842–1924),” in Annette Becker, Frédéric Gugelot, Denis Pelletier et Nathalie Viet–Depaule, eds., Écrire l’histoire du christianisme contemporain: Autour de l’œuvre d’Étienne Fouilloux, “Signes des Temps” (Paris, Karthala, 2013).

^ Back to text193. Gabrielle Baron, Marcel Jousse: Introduction à sa vie et à son œuvre; Lettre–préface de S.É. le cardinal Bea (Paris: Casterman, 1965).

^ Back to text194. Marie-Françoise Fromont-Guillon, “L'anthropologie de Marcel Jousse et ses applications à la pédagogie” (PhD diss., Paris 7, 1973), 199–229; Yvonne Langlois, Marcel Jousse: De l'anthropologie du geste à l'éducation générale et religieuse (Paris: Éditions Don Bosco, 2004). (Publication of the PhD in education sciences under the direction of Michel Soëtard, Université Lyon 2, 2002). Besides the Cahiers Marcel Jousse (1987–2002), an association preserves and disseminates Marcel Jousse’s works http://www.marceljousse.com/ (accessed February 10, 2017).

^ Back to text195. Yves Labbé, “Le concept d’inculturation,” Revue des sciences religieuses 80, no. 2 (2006): 205–15.

^ Back to text196. The enquiry opened with a groundbreaking book: René Étiemble (1909–2002), Les jésuites en Chine (1552–1773): La querelle des rites (Paris: Julliard, 1966).

^ Back to text197. Joseph Dehergne, Archives des jésuites de la Province de Paris (ASJP): Inventaire de la Mission de Chine aux XVIe, XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles (Chantilly, 1974) (published on the occasion of the Colloque sur l'influence de la Chine dans l'Europe des lumières, Chantilly, 20–22 septembre 1974; Dehergne, “Lettres annuelles et sources complémentaires des missions jésuites de Chine (suite),” Archivum historicum Societatis Iesu 51 (1982): 247–84.

^ Back to text198. Guillaume Flauraud, “La mission des jésuites français en Chine dans la province du Jiangnan entre 1842 et 1921, bilan historiographique d'un contact culturel” (MA thesis, Université Lumière Lyon 2, 2005).

^ Back to text199. Benoît Vermander , Les jésuites et la Chine: De Matteo Ricci à nos jours (Bruxelles: Lessius, 2012).

^ Back to text200. Pierre Leroy, Un chemin non tracé. Jésuite au XXe siècle (Paris: Desclée de Brouwer, 1992).

^ Back to text201. Founder of the Institut Ricci in 1971 and of the Ecole européenne d’acupuncture in 1976, Claude Larre is the author of, among others Les Chinois, esprit et comportement des Chinois comme ils se révèlent par leurs livres et dans la vie, des origines à la fin de la dynastie Ming, 1644, Histoire ancienne des peuples (Paris: Auzou, 1981, 1998).

^ Back to text202. Jean Lefeuvre, jésuite et sinologue, entretiens recueillis et arrangés par Thierry Meynard (Paris: les Éditions du Cerf, 2007).

^ Back to text203. Isabelle Pommel, Yves Raguin, 1912–1998: L'expérience missionnaire et spirituelle d'un jésuite en Asie, preface by Benoît Vermander (Namur: Lessius, 2015).

^ Back to text204. Pierre Ceyrac, Pèlerin des frontières, propos recueillis par Paul de Sinety, preface by Maurice Joyeux, Paroles pour vivre (Paris: les Éditions du Cerf, 1998. Ceyrac, Tout ce qui n'est pas donné est perdu, Propos recueillis par Paul de Sinety (Paris, Desclée de Brouwer, 2000). Jérôme Cordelier, Une vie pour les autres: L'aventure du père Ceyrac (Paris: Perrin, 2004).

^ Back to text205. Roland Pichon, Un jésuite persona non grata, Églises d'Afrique (Paris: l'Harmattan, 2008).

^ Back to text206. To quote one of many works: Éric de Rosny, Les yeux de ma chèvre: Sur les pas des maîtres de la nuit en pays douala, Cameroun, Terre humaine (Paris: Plon, 1981). About the man and his work, see Gilles Séraphin, ed., Religion, guérison et forces occultes en Afrique, Le regard du jésuite Éric de Rosny, Hommes et sociétés (Paris: Karthala, 2016).

^ Back to text207. Claude Pairault and Jean Benoist, Portrait d'un jésuite en anthropologue: Entretiens, Chrétiens en liberté (Paris: Éditions Karthala, 2001).

^ Back to text208. Claude Prud’homme, “Cinquante ans d’histoire des missions catholiques en France: L’âge universitaire,” Histoire et missions chrétiennes (2007/1): 11–30.

^ Back to text209. Oissila Saaidia and Laurick Zerbini, eds., L'Afrique et la mission: Terrains anciens, questions nouvelles avec Claude Prud'homme, Hommes et sociétés (Paris: Karthala, 2015).

^ Back to text210. Oissila Saaidia, “Catholiques et musulmans sunnites, discours croisés, 1920–1950: Approche historique de l'altérité religieuse” (PhD diss., Université Lyon 2, 2001).

^ Back to text211. Chantal Verdeil, “Les jésuites de Syrie, 1830–1864: Une mission auprès des chrétiens d'Orient au début des réformes ottomanes” (PHd diss., L’Université Paris 4, 2003), published as La mission jésuite du Mont-Liban et de Syrie (1830–1864) (Paris: Les Indes savantes, 2011).

^ Back to text212. Dominique Avon, “Les jésuites, la mission et l’Islam dans la revue Études 1946–1956,” in Jean–François Jacouty, ed., Mélanges en l’honneur du professeur Roland Andréani: Presse, politique, culture et société du XVIIIe au XXe siècle (France–Languedoc) (Montpellier: Presses Universitaires de la Méditerranée, 2006), 185–207; “Une France catholique en ‘terre d’islam’: Les jésuites en mission dans la première moitié du XXe siècle,” in Mikhaïl-V. Dmitriev and Daniel Tollet, eds., Confessiones et nationes: Discours identitaires nationaux dans les cultures chrétiennes: Moyen Âge – XXe siècle (Paris: Honoré Champion, 2014), 313–27.

^ Back to text213. Françoise Raison-Jourde, “Mission LMS et mission jésuite face aux communautés villageoises Merina: Fondation et fonctionnement des paroisses entre 1869 et 1876,” Africa 53, no. 3 (1983): 55–72; Raison-Jourde, Bible et pouvoir à Madagascar au XIXe siècle: Invention d'une identité chrétienne et construction de l’état, 1780–1880, Hommes et sociétés (Paris: Karthala, 1991) (print edition of the thesis, “Construction nationale, identité chrétienne et modernité, le premier XIXe siècle malgache”). Stéphane Nicaise, Les missions jésuites dans l'océan Indien, Madagascar, La Réunion, Maurice, Petite bibliothèque jésuite (Namur: Lessius, 2015). Stéphane Nicaise also wrote a biography of Jean de Puybaudet (1917–1996): Jean de Puybaudet sj: Être jésuite dans les décolonisations de Madagascar et de La Réunion (La Réunion: Océan Éditions, 2006).

^ Back to text214. For the United States, see Tanguy Villerbu, “Missionnaires catholiques français aux États–Unis 1791–1920," Histoire et missions chrétiennes 17 (2011): 5–14.

^ Back to text215. Sylvie Dussault, “L’Homme à chapeau: Le Grand Esprit et l’Anichinabé; Ojibwés et jésuites dans le Canada Ouest, 1843–1852” (MA thesis, Université Laval, 1996). See also “L’homme à chapeau, le Grand–Esprit et l’Anichenabé: Ojibwas et jésuites au Canada-Ouest, 1843–1852,” Recherches amérindiennes au Québec 32, no. 1 (2002), 39–52.

^ Back to text216. Olivier Servais, Des jésuites chez les Amérindiens ojibwas: Histoire et ethnologie d’une rencontre XVIIe–XXe siècles, Mémoire d’Églises (Paris: Karthala, 2005).

^ Back to text217. “Le pouvoir de se réunir en corps’: La Compagnie de Jésus de sa suppression (1773) à son rétablissement (1814),” an international symposium organized at the Pontifical Gregorian University by Pierre-Antoine Fabre, Patrick Goujon, and Martín M. Morales (Rome, November 6–8, 2014.

^ Back to text218. Robert Aleksander Maryks and Jonathan Wright, ed., Jesuit Survival and Restoration: A Global History, 1773–1900 (Leiden: Brill, 2015).

^ Back to text219. John W. O’Malley, Une histoire des jésuites: D’Ignace de Loyola à nos jours, transl. Isabelle Hoorickx-Raucq and Dominique Salin, Petite bibliothèque jésuite (Bruxelles: Lessius, 2014). Original in English: The Jesuits: A History from Ignatius to the Present (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014).

^ Back to text220. “Les jésuites et la sensibilité religieuse en France, Round Table with Luce Giard, Patrick Goujon, Dominique Julia and Claude Langlois” Esprit (June 2015), 46–47.

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Dominique Avon and Philippe Rocher, “Historiography of the Society of Jesus: The Case of France after the Order's Restoration in 1814”, in: Jesuit Historiography Online. Consulted online on 30 May 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-7723_jho_COM_192562>
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