Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Together as a Companionship: A History of the Thirty-First, Thirty-Second, and Thirty-Third General Congregations of the Society of Jesus

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Together as a Companionship: A History of the Thirty-First, Thirty-Second, and Thirty-Third General Congregations of the Society of Jesus

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PADBERG, JOHN W, S. J. Together as a Companionship: A History of the ThirtyFirst, Thirty-Second, and Thirty-Third General Congregations of the Society of Jesus. [Series TV: Studies on Jesuit Topics, Number 15.] (Saint Louis: The Institute of Jesuit Sources. 1994. Pp. viii, 145. $14.95 paperback.)

The general congregation is the ultimate governing body of the Society of Jesus. A proper history of the most recent three congregations (1965 and 1966; 1974-1975;1983) would have been a notable and much anticipated achievement. This is not that "proper" history. John W Padberg. SJ., wrote the valuable brief history of the first thirty general congregations of the Society of Jesus that prefaced the recent edition of the decrees, For Matters of Greater Moment. The First Thirty Jesuit General Congregations: A Brief History and a Translation of the Decrees. In that edition Padberg justified the exclusion of the decrees of the next three congregations on the grounds that they were already available in English translations. In that case the little volume under review is hard to justify because the contents have previously appeared elsewhere. …

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