Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Jesuit Education

FLG was rereading The Prince the other day and stopped at the mention of Girolamo Savonarola.  He wondered how many people would know the name, the Bonfire of the Vanities, and the events with Pico della Mirandola?

And then he realized that FLG knew a lot of Dominicans throughout history because, at least in his experience that at Georgetown, the Dominicans are portrayed as not quite bad guys, as they are still Catholics, but as the Jesuits' foils.  Or perhaps just a misguided portion of the Church.

At the top of the list of bad Dominicans is Tomás de Torquemada.  Savonarola isn't portrayed particularly well. FLG remembers Oliviero Carafa being criticized.  Then there are Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger and their witch hunting - literally.  On the other hand, FLG will say that Bartolomé de las Casas comes out okay.

He was wondering if the this portrayal of the Dominicans is common in Jesuit education or if was just a Georgetown thing.  In any case, FLG is thankful for having at least a passing knowledge of them.

3 comments:

Robbo the Port Swiller said...

Come to the Dark Side, my son. It is your destiny!

The Ancient said...

When you go to Rome -- and if you haven't, you will -- go by the Piazza della Minerva. In the center is a lovely Bernini pastiche with an elephant and an obelisk. It faces the old Jesuit House.

Which means its ass is turned towards the Dominicans -- and their Inquisition Tribunal -- across the square.

FLG said...

Robbo:

By dark side, do you mean the Church or the Dominicans?

Ancient:

That is definitely on my list of things to see in Rome.

 
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