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Why is a Catholic with SJ after his name respected?

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March 07, 2011 5:02PM

A person with the post-nomial S.J. is a member of "The Society of Jesus," more commonly known as the Jesuits. These individuals are ordained clergy who have undergone extensive study in their field, and are academics as well as clergy. Generally a Priest who is a Jesuit has completed at least the equivalent of a Masters degree in his field, if not a doctorate. Respect due to them is probably due both to their status as ordained clergy, but also due to their learning. Much in the same way one would respect an academic who has a Ph.D or a D.Sc.