JESUITS AND THE ORIGIN OF THE ILLUMINATI
The Monita Secreta, also known as the “Secret Instructions of the Jesuits” was published in Kraków, 1612, allegedly written by either Claudio Acquaviva, a general in the society, revealed things that the Jesuits would probably have preferred not to come to light. It was a document about the methods to be employed by the Jesuits in order to carry out their sworn duties. They were to acquire greater power and influence for their order and the Roman Catholic Church. There are many who contend that the Secreta is nothing more than mere fabrication and forgery, but things are not helped by the fact that a leading English Jesuit was found complicit in the Guy Fawkes Gunpowder Plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament, therewith assassinating King James I and most of the people of the highest social class, largely of familia nobilia, the highest social class, members of church who openly rejected papal authority (authority of the Pope). The man was Henry Garnet, and he was hanged in 1605 for the crime, while another Jesuit, Oswald Tesimond, was able to make away after being implicated in the same plot.
The plight of the Jesuit Order is not helped much either, by sectarian and anti-semitist trends that have come to light over the course of history. The 1563 edict Decree de Genere proclaimed, for instance, that anyone with Jewish ancestry, however distant or remote, could never be admitted into the order. The same went for Muslims (understandably), but this campaign stayed in force all the way down until just after the end of World War II, in 1946 (then for obvious political reasons). Seriously, for an order trying to promote Jesus, a Jew, this certainly does not speak well now, does it? And then, several other Jesuits over the course of time have come under the scrutiny of criticism for all kinds of actions, choices, and events that the have been linked to, including but not limited to Alberto Rivera, Jack Chick, Malachi Martin, and Avro Manhattan.
Those were the kind of people who raised and trained Illuminati founder Adam Weishaupt, but disillutioned by their modus operandi, he started the then Order of Perfectabilists with the mission to abolish all monarchical governments and state religions in Europe and its colonies. Considering how bad things had gotten with the totalitarianism of governments at the time, this would not seem an unworthy pursuit; but even though the Bavarian Illuminati was disbanded by 1785, barely ten years later, it was their own idealisms and ideologies that would now become the problem.
THE FALL OF THE ILLUMINATI
The Bavarian Illuminati had its own moral system of authority, which it attempted to impose upon the outer world. Worse, patronizing and deceit festered and propsered within the organization, promoting dissidents that were soon to tear the order down from the inside. Weishaupt was attempting to counter the Jesuit propensity for slavish obedience and gentle but effective leadership by means of confession, but ended up using the “Jesuit methods of investigating the conscience in order to emancipate the individual from the intellectual and spiritual domination of the church.” Although the aim was apparently to free mankind ultimately of the despotism of princes and kings, the ranking system and mystical fuss employed by the society was soon its own undoing when it subjected members to unreservedly totalitarian monitoring and psychological techniques, similar to the enthusiastic irrationality of the Rosicrucians.
It was the Era of Enlightenment, a time when intellectuals sought to mobilize the power of reason for societal reform and the advancement knowledge. That was what the Illuminati sought to do too, promoting science and intellectual interchange in its own way, and using it to oppose all forms of superstition, intolerance, and abuses that may have been brought upon b the (then irresponsible) church and (totalitarian) state. Sadly, it fostered treason and rebellion, and gradually grew into what many people have come to think of it today – a cabal of faceless villains who not only seek to rule the world in their own way, but who actually do it.
June 22, 1784, saw Bavarian electoral Prince Charles Theodore released an edict that prohibited any “communities, societies and associations” founded without his sovereign approval, especially noting the activities of the Illuminati which sought to change the traditional order and establish its own “rational state” by infiltrating public offices. Less than one year following this, on 2nd March 1785, the Prince specifically named the Illuminati and its members in another edict, explicitly banning the order and that of the Freemasons – another secret society given to rituals, symbolisms, and what some might refer to as questionable morality or even heresy. House searches produced Illuminati documents with evidence showing radical and questionable objectives; names of members were un earthed and many were found, while the Pope Pius VI the same year declared them all heretics and enemies of the Catholic faith.