Apologies for cross-posting.
The Jedi in the Star Wars saga are some of the most popular religious figures in recent culture, so much so, that in the most recent census, many people in the UK (secularised country that it is) gave "Jedi" as their religion. In my view, this wasn't only a flippant answer and nor is it a flippant question to ask why it should be the case. There seems to be something about the Jedi that is attractive to our contemporaries. The Jedi myth, like all myths, is an imperfect reflection, in fiction, of a reality that is truly expressed in the Catholic faith and culture. Let's look at some of the main features of Jedi:
1. They are warriors as well as spiritual/ religious figures
2. They spend a long time in formation and remain celibate
3. Their model of formation is one of apprenticeship to a fully-fledged 'spiritual director'
4. They can do 'mind tricks', such as persuading people to do things through suggestion
5. They have charismatic gifts such as the ability to levitate objects
6. Once they are fully formed they can be deployed effectively in many settings for different sorts of tasks e.g. diplomatic missions, freeing captives etc
7. They wear distinctive clothes
My view is that the Jedi show some features of the monastic tradition, particularly in its earlier, 'desert' phase (2, 1, 5, 7), some features of the medieval military orders such as the Knights Templar (1, 6, 7) and some features of the Jesuits (1, 2, 4, 6) as the Ignatian charism has been expressed historically. What do others think about which form of Catholic life most resembles the Jedi? If Catholic Jedi don't exist, would it be a good idea/ responsive to the Holy Spirit to found them?