"When a Jesuit of the minor rank is to be elevated to command, he is conducted into the
Chapel of the Convent of the Order, where there are only three others present, the principal
or Superior standing in front of the altar. On either side stands a monk, one of whom holds a
banner of yellow and white, which are the Papal colors, and the other a black banner with a
dagger and red cross above a skull and crossbones, with the word INRI, and below them the
words IUSTUM, NECAR, REGES, IMPIOUS. The meaning of which is: It is just to
exterminate or annihilate impious or heretical Kings, Governments, or Rulers. Upon the
floor is a red cross at which the postulant or candidate kneels. The Superior hands him a
small black crucifix, which he takes in his left hand and presses to his heart, and the Superior
at the same time presents to him a dagger, which he grasps by the blade and holds the point
against his heart, the Superior still holding it by the hilt, and thus addresses the postulant:"
My son, heretofore you have been taught to act the dissembler: among Roman Catholics to
be a Roman Catholic, and to be a spy even among your own brethren; to believe no man, to
trust no man. Among the Reformers, to be a reformer; among the Huguenots, to be a
Huguenot; among the Calvinists, to be a Calvinist; among other Protestants, generally to be a
Protestant, and obtaining their confidence, to seek even to preach from their pulpits, and to
denounce with all the vehemence in your nature our Holy Religion and the Pope; and even to
descend so low as to become a Jew among Jews, that you might be enabled to gather
together all information for the benefit of your Order as a faithful soldier of the Pope.
You have been taught to insidiously plant the seeds of jealousy and hatred between
communities, provinces, states that were at peace, and incite them to deeds of blood,
involving them in war with each other, and to create revolutions and civil wars in countries
that were independent and prosperous, cultivating the arts and the sciences and enjoying the
blessings of peace. To take sides with the combatants and to act secretly with your brother
Jesuit, who might be engaged on the other side, but openly opposed to that with which you
might be connected, only that the Church might be the gainer in the end, in the conditions
fixed in the treaties for peace and that the end justifies the means.
You have been taught your duty as a spy, to gather all statistics, facts and information in
your power from every source; to ingratiate yourself into the confidence of the family circle
of Protestants and heretics of every class and character, as well as that of the merchant, the
banker, the lawyer, among the schools and universities, in parliaments and legislatures, and
the judiciaries and councils of state, and to be all things to all men, for the Pope's sake,
whose servants we are unto death.
You have received all your instructions heretofore as a novice, a neophyte, and have served
as co-adjurer, confessor and priest, but you have not yet been invested with all that is
necessary to command in the Army of Loyola in the service of the Pope. You must serve the
proper time as the instrument and executioner as directed by your superiors; for none can
command here who has not consecrated his labors with the blood of the heretic; for "without
the shedding of blood no man can be saved." Therefore, to fit yourself for your work and
make your own salvation sure, you will, in addition to your former oath of obedience to your
order and allegiance to the Pope, repeat after me---
The Extreme Oath of the Jesuits:
"1, _ now, in the presence of Almighty God, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the blessed Michael
the Archangel, the blessed St. John the Baptist, the holy Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul and
all the saints and sacred hosts of heaven, and to you, my ghostly father, the Superior General
of the Society of Jesus, founded by St. Ignatius Loyola in the Pontificate of Paul the Third,
and continued to the present, do by the womb of the virgin, the matrix of God, and the rod of
Jesus Christ, declare and swear, that his holiness the Pope is Christ's Vice-regent and is the
true and only head of the Catholic or Universal Church throughout the earth; and that by
virtue of the keys of binding and loosing, given to his Holiness by my Savior, Jesus Christ,
he hath power to depose heretical kings, princes, states, commonwealths and governments,
all being illegal without his sacred confirmation and that they may safely be destroyed.
Therefore, to the utmost of my power I shall and will defend this doctrine of his Holiness'
right and custom against all usurpers of the heretical or Protestant authority whatever,
especially the Lutheran of Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and the now
pretended authority and churches of England and Scotland, and branches of the same now
established in Ireland and on the Continent of America and elsewhere; and all adherents in
regard that they be usurped and heretical, opposing the sacred Mother Church of Rome. I do
now renounce and disown any allegiance as due to any heretical king, prince or state named
Protestants or Liberals, or obedience to any of the laws, magistrates or officers.
I do further declare that the doctrine of the churches of England and Scotland, of the
Calvinists, Huguenots and others of the name Protestants or Liberals to be damnable and
they themselves damned who will not forsake the same.
I do further declare, that I will help, assist, and advise all or any of his Holiness' agents in
any place wherever I shall be, in Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden,
Norway, England, Ireland or America, or in any other Kingdom or territory I shall come to,
and do my uttermost to extirpate the heretical Protestants or Liberals' doctrines and to
destroy all their pretended powers, regal or otherwise.
I do further promise and declare, that notwithstanding I am dispensed with, to assume my
religion heretical, for the propaganda of the Mother Church's interest, to keep secret and
private all her agents' counsels from time to time, as they may entrust me and not to divulge,
directly or indirectly, by word, writing or circumstance whatever; but to execute all that shall
be proposed, given in charge or discovered unto me, by you, my ghostly father, or any of this
I do further promise and declare, that I will have no opinion or will of my own, or any
mental reservation whatever, even as a corpse or cadaver (perinde ac cadaver), but will
unhesitatingly obey each and every command that I may receive from my superiors in the
Militia of the Pope and of Jesus Christ.
That I may go to any part of the world withersoever I may be sent, to the frozen regions of
the North, the burning sands of the desert of Africa, or the jungles of India, to the centers of
civilization of Europe, or to the wild haunts of the barbarous savages of America, without
murmuring or repining, and will be submissive in all things whatsoever communicated to
I furthermore promise and declare that I will, when opportunity present, make and
wage relentless war, secretly or openly, against all heretics, Protestants and Liberals, as
I am directed to do, to extirpate and exterminate them from the face of the whole
earth; and that I will spare neither age, sex or condition; and that I will hang, waste,
boil, flay, strangle and bury alive these infamous heretics, rip up the stomachs and
wombs of their women and crush their infants' heads against the walls, in order to
annihilate forever their execrable race. That when the same cannot be done openly, I
will secretly use the poisoned cup, the strangulating cord, the steel of the poniard or the
leaden bullet, regardless of the honor, rank, dignity, or authority of the person or
persons, whatever may be their condition in life, either public or private, as I at any
time may be directed so to do by any agent of the Pope or Superior of the Brotherhood
of the Holy Faith, of the Society of Jesus.
In confirmation of which, I hereby dedicate my life, my soul and all my corporal powers,
and with this dagger which I now receive, I will subscribe my name written in my own
blood, in testimony thereof; and should I prove false or weaken in my determination, may
my brethren and fellow soldiers of the Militia of the Pope cut off my hands and my feet, and
my throat from ear to ear, my belly opened and sulphur burned therein, with all the
punishment that can be inflicted upon me on earth and my soul be tortured by demons in an
eternal hell forever!
All of which, I, _, do swear by the Blessed Trinity and blessed Sacraments, which I am now
to receive, to perform and on my part to keep inviolable; and do call all the heavenly and
glorious host of heaven to witness the blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist, and witness the
same further with my name written and with the point of this dagger dipped in my own
blood and sealed in the face of this holy covenant."
(He receives the wafer from the Superior and writes his name with the point of his dagger
dipped in his own blood taken from over his heart.)
"You will now rise to your feet and I will instruct you in the Catechism necessary to make
yourself known to any member of the Society of Jesus belonging to this rank.
In the first place, you, as a Brother Jesuit, will with another mutually make the ordinary sign
of the cross as any ordinary Roman Catholic would; then one cross his wrists, the palms of
his hands open, and the other in answer crosses his feet, one above the other; the first points
with forefinger of the right hand to the center of the palm of the left, the other with the
forefinger of the left hand points to the center of the palm of the right; the first then with his
right hand makes a circle around his head, touching it; the other then with the forefinger of
his left hand touches the left side of his body just below his heart; the first then with his right
hand draws it across the throat of the other, and the latter then with a dagger down the
stomach and abdomen of the first. The first then says Iustum; and the other answers Necar;
the first Reges. The other answers Impious." (The meaning of which has already been
explained.) "The first will then present a small piece of paper folded in a peculiar manner,
four times, which the other will cut longitudinally and on opening the name Jesu will be
found written upon the head and arms of a cross three times. You will then give and receive
with him the following questions and answers:
Question —From whither do you come? Answer — The Holy faith.
Q. —Whom do you serve?
A. —The Holy Father at Rome, the Pope, and the Roman Catholic Church Universal
throughout the world.
Q. —Who commands you?
A. —The Successor of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus or the Soldiers
of Jesus Christ.
Q. —Who received you? A. —A venerable man in white hair.
A. —With a naked dagger, I kneeling upon the cross beneath the banners of the Pope and of
our sacred order.
Q. —Did you take an oath?
A. —I did, to destroy heretics and their governments and rulers, and to spare neither age, sex
nor condition. To be as a corpse without any opinion or will of my own, but to implicitly
obey my Superiors in all things without hesitation of murmuring.
Q. —Will you do that? A. —I will.
Q. —How do you travel? A. —In the bark of Peter the fisherman.
Q. —Whither do you travel? A. —To the four quarters of the globe.
Q. —For what purpose?
A. —To obey the orders of my general and Superiors and execute the will of the Pope and
faithfully fulfill the conditions of my oaths.
Q. —Go ye, then, into all the world and take possession of all lands in the name of the Pope.
He who will not accept him as the Vicar of Jesus and his Vice-regent on earth, let him be
accursed and exterminated."