Thomas Southwell (Jesuit)

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Thomas Southwell SJ (1592–1637), born Thomas Bacon, was an English Jesuit priest, theological writer, and teacher.



Son of Thomas Bacon and Elizabeth his wife, and elder brother of Nathanael Southwell, he was born at Sculthorpe, near Walsingham, Norfolk. He studied at King's Lynn, and then took the humanity course in the College of St Omer. [1]

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Walsingham two conjoined villages — Little Walsingham and Great Walsingham — in Norfolk, England

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Southwell was admitted a student of the English College, Rome on 10 November 1610, entered the Society of Jesus in July 1613, and was professed of the four vows on 19 April 1626. For eight years he was professor of theology in the college of his order at Liège, and he was for a time vice-rector of the college. He died at Watten on 11 December 1637. [1]

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Society of Jesus male religious congregation of the Catholic Church

The Society of Jesus is a religious order of the Catholic Church headquartered in Rome. It was founded by Ignatius of Loyola with the approval of Pope Paul III in 1540. The members are called Jesuits. The society is engaged in evangelization and apostolic ministry in 112 nations. Jesuits work in education, research, and cultural pursuits. Jesuits also give retreats, minister in hospitals and parishes, sponsor direct social ministries, and promote ecumenical dialogue.

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Southwell's works were: [1]

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Southwell also wrote a manuscript of case studies in casuistry for "the education of English Catholic missionary priests", focusing "on the problems facing Catholic priests and laymen under persecution in England" during the reign of Charles I, which manuscript has been edited by Peter Holmes and published by the Catholic Record Society as Caroline Casuistry: The Cases of Conscience of Fr Thomas Southwell, SJ. [3]

Casuistry is a process of reasoning that seeks to resolve moral problems by extracting or extending theoretical rules from a particular case, and reapplying those rules to new instances. This method occurs in applied ethics and jurisprudence. The term is also commonly used as a pejorative to criticize the use of clever but unsound reasoning, especially in relation to moral questions. The word casuistry derives from the Latin noun casus.

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Catholic Record Society

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  1. 1 2 3 Lee, Sidney, ed. (1898). "Southwell, Thomas (1592-1637)"  . Dictionary of National Biography . 53. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  2. Clancy, Thomas H. "Bacon, Thomas". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/26067.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. "Caroline Casuistry - Boydell and Brewer". Retrieved 11 July 2018.

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