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Passionate Uncertainty: Inside the American Jesuits

Peter McDonough and Eugene Bianchi


Founded by Ignatius Loyola in 1540, the Society of Jesus remains the largest and most controversial religious order of men in Catholicism. Since the 1960s, however, Jesuits in the United States have lost more than half of their members, and have experienced a massive upheaval in what they believe and how they work and live. This book draws on interviews and statements gathered from more than four hundred Jesuits and former Jesuits to provide an intimate look at turmoil among Catholicism's legendary best-and-brightest. Priests and former priests speak candidly about their reasons for joining (a ... More

Keywords: Society of Jesus, Catholicism, Jesuits, sexual development, sexual orientation, spiritual crises, celibacy, ordination of women, homosexuality, priesthood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780520230552
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520230552.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter McDonough, author

Eugene Bianchi, author