What did Bergman mean by “ because you must … know the histoy of the Church and especially of the society of Jesus?” (page from book with "Rabbi Bergoglio" quote)
Wiki says this about the “Society of Jesus and Jews”:
Although in the first 30 years of the existence of the Society of Jesus there were many Jesuit conversos (Catholic-convert Jews), an anti-converso faction led to the Decree de genere (1593) which proclaimed that either Jewish or Muslim ancestry, no matter how distant, was an insurmountable impediment for admission to the Society of Jesus. The 16th-century Decree de genere remained in exclusive force until the 20th century, when it was repealed in 1946.
Jesuit scholar John Padberg in For matters of greater moment: the first thirty Jesuit General Councils (Institute of Jesuit Sources, 1994), p, 204, quotes the text of the 1593–1594 council decree and states that the restriction on Jewish/Muslim converts was limited only to the degree of parentage. Fourteen years later this was extended back to the fifth degree. Over time the restriction relating to Muslim ancestry was dropped. In 1923, the 27th Jesuit General Congregation specified that "The impediment of origin extends to all who are descended from the Jewish race, unless it is clear that their father, grandfather, and great grandfather have belonged to the Catholic Church." In 1946, the 29th General Congregation dropped the requirement but still called for "cautions to be exercised before admitting a candidate about whom there is some doubt as to the character of his hereditary background." Robert A. Maryks in his book The Jesuit Order as a Synagogue of Jews:Jesuits of Jewish Ancestry and Purity-of-Blood Laws in the Early Society of Jesus (Brill, 2009), p. xxviii, interprets the 1593 "Decree de genere" as preventing, despite Ignatius' desires, any Jewish or Muslim conversos and, by extension, any person with Jewish or Muslim ancestry, no matter how distant, from admission to the Society of Jesus.
Read what a Jesuit told the author of “The Jesuit Order as a Synagogue of Jews:Jesuits of Jewish Ancestry and Purity-of-Blood Laws in the Early Society of Jesus” in 2007 about his Jewish lineage and his grandparents who settled in Italy (!) and pretended to be Catholics "in order to survive" while they still remained Jewish.http://books.google.de/books?id=dMTnlQwBJbwC&q=introduction#v=snippet&q=introduction&f=false
Why did the Catholic (?) parents of J. Bergoglio leave Italy under Mussolini?http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/the-pope/9936408/Pope-Franciss-family-fled-Italy-to-escape-Mussolini.html
I always thought only Communists and Jews left back then.