Excerpt from Constitvtiones: Societatis Iesv
Of the edicts which possessed the force of laws among the Jesuits, there are many, it is believed, which they have never printed r and even the Constitutions, properly so called, they have seldom committed to the press, but in the colleges of the order. Whenever they ventured to print this work elsewhere, they always took precautions to secure the whole impression: It was, however, clearly impossible, that these precautions could be universally suc cessful. The order has at all times had too many enemies to be able, for any long period, to retain the exclusive possession of a volume, numerous copies of which were printed, though not published, and which all the activity of malice was exerted to procure.
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