—John W. Padberg, S.J., director, Institute of Jesuit Sources
—Joann Wolski Conn, associate professor of religious studies, Neumann College
—Leonard Swidler, professor of Catholic thought and inter-religious dialogue, Temple University
The towering achievements of the Jesuits are made tangible by Modras’s vivid portraits of Ignatius and five of his successors: Matteo Ricci, the first Westerner at the court of the Chinese emperor; Friederich Spee, who defended women accused of witchcraft; Karl Rahner, the greatest Catholic theologian of the twentieth century; Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the scientist-mystic; and Pedro Arrupe, the charismatic leader of the Jesuits in the years following Vatican II.
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