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The Jesuits, veterans of tense times with Vatican

By By FRANCES D’EMILIO, Associated Press
VATICAN CITY (AP) — While the Vatican has picked the highly disciplined Jesuits as advance men for planning papal pilgrimages and to run its worldwide broadcasting network, the notion of a Jesuit pope is still being absorbed in the Holy See.

Before Pope Francis, no one from the nearly 500-year-old missionary order had been pope.

Previous popes have punished Jesuit theologians for being too progressive in preaching and teaching. The last pontiff, Benedict XVI, sent a polite but firm letter inviting the order’s worldwide members to pledge “total adhesion” to Catholic doctrine, including on divorce, homosexuality and liberation theology.

So, just what is the Society of Jesus, as the Jesuit order is formally called, and what makes it so appreciated yet so feared at times by the Vatican?