Excerpt from The Catholic Biography: Or Lives of Many Persons Eminent for Sanctity in Various States of Life
After labouring some time 1n these several offices, the holy founder, Ignatius, with a view to perpetuate the work of God, assembled them all at Rome, and proposed to them his design of forming themselves into a religious order. After recom mending the matter to God, all acquiesced, and resolved that besides the vows of poverty and chastity already made, they would add that of perpetual obedience to a general chosen from amongst them, whose authority would be absolute, and government perpetual, but, at the same time, entirely dependant on the Pope.
Paul III. Having approved of the new order, erected under the title of the Jesuits, or Fathers of the Society of Jesus, by a bull of the 27th September, 1540, Ignatius was chosen general much against his will, and about the beginning of the next year, all having made their solemn vows, he set himself to write the constitutions.
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