“Francis has repeatedly praised the Jesuit trait of ‘holy cunning’ — that Christians should be ‘wise as serpents but innocent as doves,’ as Jesus put it. ” — Huffington Post
Before beginning to analyze the strategies of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, A.K.A. Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope, it might be useful to give a clear operational illustration of that order’s version of “holy cunning.”
In my opinion the example most relevant to what Francis is doing now in the arena of progressive politics would be the order’s nearly successful attempt to convert the imperial court of China, and all China with it, to Catholicism led by the legendary Father Matteo Ricci, S.J.
Imagine Mao Tse Tung as an altar boy.