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Ignatius Press was founded by Father Joseph Fessio SJ, a conservative Jesuit priest and former pupil of Pope Benedict XVI, in 1978. Ignatius Press, named for Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit Order, is a Catholic publishing house headquartered in San Francisco, California. In an interview in 1998, Fatherr Fessio said, "Our objective is to support the teachings of the Church" 
It is one the key orthodox Catholic institutions which have arisen in the United States in the last 35 years in response to a perceived drift in parts of the Church from the traditional tenets of the Catholic faith. The press has had a major role in strengthening the conservative forces in the American Catholic Church. In this respect it should be seen alongside such institutions as The Franciscan University of Steubenville, founded by Father Michael Scanlan, Crisis Magazine , the intellectual journal, First Things, founded by Father Richard John Neuhaus and Ave Maria College, founded and funded by the Catholic philanthropist, Tom Monaghan. Other groups involved in the orthodox revival within the US Catholic Church include the two lay movements, Opus Dei and Regnum Christi, an affiliate of the Legion of Christ, an order of priests founded in Mexico.
The Press issues periodicals such as Catholic World Report , Catholic Dossier and Homiletic and Pastoral Review .
Ignatius Press has a full list of publications with a number of new offerings each spring and fall. Among the reprints it has issued are works by G.K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc. In addition to publishing the works of Pope John Paul II, Ignatius Press has published newer works by Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI), Scott Hahn, and Joseph Pearce.
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