"They could all have become high-up people in the world if they had not become Jesuits."

The Jesuits, or Society of Jesus, are a Catholic religious order of men dedicated to evangelical work, promoting the Roman Catholic Church. The Jesuits were formed by St Ignatius of Loyola in 1539 as part of the Counter-Reformation. This saw the Catholic Church attempting to repair the damage done by the Reformation, during which Protestant and other breakaway Churches were formed, hugely damaging the power and reputation of the Vatican.