An historico-juridical consideration of the Jesuit fourth vow: Special obedience to the Pope with regard to missions.

Michael J. Doiron
This dissertation addresses the question: what is the matter of strict juridical obligation incurred by one who professes the fourth vow in the Society of Jesus. Only one "grade" or group of Jesuits profess the Society's "fourth vow" which promises "special obedience to the Sovereign Pontiff with regard to the missions." Since the investigation concerns a vow of obedience, Chapter One considers the emergence of the phenomenon of religious obedience as it was understood and...
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