On this day in history, May 1, 1776... The Jewish-born Adam Weishaupt, who later converted to Catholicism and was taught by the Jesuits, established the Bavarian Order of Illuminati in Ingolstadt, Bavaria. After Pope Clement XIV had suppressed the Society of Jesus in 1773, Weishaupt became a professor of canon law. The society's goals were to oppose superstition, obscurantism, religious influence over public life and abuses of state power. Weishaupt wished to keep the existence of the order secret from the Rosicrucians, because the initiates of the Rosy Cross held views that conflicted with the Illuminati vision of a rationalist state run by philosophers and scientists. After the plans of the Illuminati were exposed, it was outlawed in Bavaria, which ultimately led to its decline. It remains unclear whether or not the principles and tenets of the Bavarian Illuminati have completely disappeared or that it simply went underground. Several mystery traditions include "Illuminati-grade" degrees, but illuminati, meaning "enlightened," might not necessarily link the Bavarian Illuminati, which was a specific sect, to other enlightenment-era groups and orders. The Illuminati has given rise to countless conspiracy theories.