Ken writes: My friend Niall told me of an interesting word yesterday: ‘Bejesuit’, which is a verb meaning ‘To initiate in Jesuitism; to work upon by, or subject to, Jesuits.’ (OED). He and his girlfriend were bejesuited recently because they want to get married, but not in a Catholic ceremony, which would involve pledging loyalty to the Catholic church. They were having a meeting with a Jesuit priest to find out if there was any way their marriage would be recognised by the Catholic church. His mother is a committed Catholic, who would worry about them ‘living in sin’ so they have to be married in a way recognised as marriage by the Catholic church. Unfortunately, it turns out that, because he is a baptised Catholic, he has to be married in a Catholic ceremony (or else renounce the church -not a mother-pleasing option). Interestingly, the Catholic church would recognise Dot’s and my Church of England marriage, even though the Church of England is merely an ‘ecclesial community’ according to Benedict the 16th (I’ve also heard that it is possible to be a married Roman Catholic priest, if you were married first as an Anglican priest and subsequently convert to Catholicism).
Catholicism is like the Apple Computer company. They both sell a complete package and you have to buy the in-house options and can’t customise. And they both have their passionate adherents!