A long time ago I would debate the local Jesuits over scotch, when I was still a Christian theology student. I learned two things: 1. those guys could really hold their liquor (I drank much more sparingly); and 2. Jesuits are really really smart.
But as a theolog, I also read Pascal’s Provincial Letters, which, up until letter X, is a biting satire of the casuistry of the Jesuits in supporting whatever they wanted to for political reason. Of course, it is not the 17th century any more, and things have moved on.