The Black Pope: A History of the Jesuits

In Roman Catholic circles, the term “Black Pope” is commonly used to refer to the General of the Jesuits. This is due to the contrast between the Pope, who is always robed in white, and the General, who is robed in black. However, the term is also used by those who have reservations about the Jesuits, suggesting that the Black Pope holds more power than the White Pope. This expression can even be found in the recently published life of Cardinal Manning.

Given the abundance of works on the subject, it was important to find a title that would stand out and accurately represent the content. “The Black Pope: A History of the Jesuits” was chosen for its distinctiveness and its relevance to the topic at hand.

This book, written by M. F. Cusack (formerly the Nun of Kenmare), author of “The Nun of Kenmare: An Autobiography,” “Life Inside the Church of Rome,” and “The Truth about Convent Life,” provides a comprehensive history of the Jesuits. Cusack delves into the origins of the order, its mission, and its impact on the Catholic Church and society as a whole.

By exploring the history of the Jesuits, Cusack sheds light on their role within the Catholic Church and their influence on the papacy. This work is a valuable resource for those interested in understanding the complex dynamics of the Catholic Church and the significance of the Jesuits within it.

Whether one is a Roman Catholic or not, “The Black Pope: A History of the Jesuits” offers a fascinating exploration of an influential religious order and its impact on the world.