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*' Instruct the people as to the artifices used bij societies of this kind in seducing men and enticing
them into their ranks, and as to the depravity of their opinions and the wickedness of their acts."—
Encyclical Humanum Genus of Leo XIII.








Censor Theologus Veipufafus.
Die 3 Mensis Mail, 1885 •



Vic. Cap. Dublin,

Die 4 Mensia Mail, 1885.




Preface ... ... ... ... ... ... vii

I. — Introduction, 1

Reasons for selecting the Subject — "Catholic Institute," a Society such as those
commended by Leo XIII., in the Bull, Humanum Genus. — Necessity of keeping
Youth from bad Associations — Necessity of unmasting Secret Societies — Words
of Leo XIII! — Freemasonry and Secret Societies with us — On the Continent —
All _ Secret Associations Atheistic, and intensely hostile to the Chui-ch,
Christianity, and Social order — Union of all Secret Societies — AU knowingly,
or otherwise, under a central direction and control — Fraud and Force — Review
of Atheistic Organization since the first French Revolution — Features of its

II. — The Rise of Atheism in Europe. 5

The Spirit of Private Judgment advocated by Protestants ends in doubt — Disbelief in
the Divinity of Christ — Bayle, Spinosa — Deism, Pantheism, Atheism — Atheism
Absolute — Infidelity in England and Germany — Supreme in Prance through

III. — Voltaire. 6

His efforts to advance Atheism — His Parentage, Education and Early Life — Corruption
of the Age — European Courts, Nobles, and People — Gallicanism, Jansenism, and
finally Infidelity welcomed in France — Voltaire in Society — His banishment to
England and its Consequences — His return as a confirmed Disbeliever and Free-
mason — His power as a Writer — His attacks upon Religion, Morality and
Honour — His watchword, " Crush the Wretch" — His detei-mination to destroy
Chi-istianity — His Conceit — His part in the Suppression of the Jesuits — In-
dustry — Disciples — Frederick II. — Policy planned for the Destruction of
Catholicity^His advocacy of Lying — Hypocrisy — Impure, adidterous Life —
Every form of Christianity doomed by him — Proofs — Faith shown in sickness —
Pinal impenitence and terrible Death — Voltaire perpetuated in Freemasonry
and Secret Societies.

Notes. — Correspondence between Frederick II. and Voltaire - - . l"

Letter of Voltaire to Damilaville - - - - - . i2

IV. — Freemasonry. 16

Coincidence of the spread of Freemasonry with that of Atheism in Europe — Its
Origin from Lffilius and Faustus Socinus^The Conspiracy of Vicenza — Doctrines
and migi-ations of the Socinians — Oliver Cromwell a Sociuian and Free-
mason — Judaism in Masonry— Ancient Catholic Giiilds of real Masons— Papal
Charters — Degeneracy consequent on the Reformation— Charter of Cologne —
Freemasonry in Scotland — Obscurity of its history, until the time of Elias
Ashmole, its real Modern Founder^Use of English and Scotch Freemasonry,
by the Stuart partisans — Reason of its adoption by Atheism.

Note. — Connection of the Jews with Masonry ... 20

V. — The Union and "Illuminism" of Masonry. 26

Different "Obediences" in Masonry— Philip Egalite, Grand Master of the Scotch
Obedience in France, unites it with the English and French to form the Grand
Orient of France — Formation of Lodges, "Androgyne" or "Adoption" for
women — Consequences — "Illuminism" of Saint Martin — Horrible corruption
and assassination — Various afiiliations of "Illuminated" Lodges — Designs —
Suppression of the Jesuits before "Illuminism."

VI. — The Illuminism of Adam Weishaupt. 29

History and Character of Weishaupt — Weishaupt and the School of Voltaire — His
use of Masonry for the eradication of Christianity — Manipulation of Masons by his
lUumiuati — The Novices, the Minervals and other degrees of Illu.minati — Method
of forming and pei'fecting Minervals — The Art of bringing Religion into ridicule —
Instructions given to the perfected Minerval on attaining the degree of Scotch
Knight, or Epopte or Priest.




Vn. — The Convent of Wilhelmsbad. 35

Masonry a dark parody on the Church — Its general Councils or "Convents" —
Convent of the Gauls in the " Holy City"— More general convent projected by
Weishaupt— It is held in Wilhelmsbad— Weishaupt causes his own " lUuminism"
to be adopted, through Barons Knigg and Dittfort— The French Revolution
there determined on.

VIII. — Cabalistic Masonry or Masonic Spiritism. 37

Cabalistic character of Freemasonry from its earliest stages — Development of that
character prior to the French Revolution — Cagliostro, his real name and
character — Weishaupt knowing him to be an impostor employs him to spread
Illuminated Masonry — His Success — His Women-Lodges — His rite of Masraim —
Impostures all over Europe— The "Diamond Necklace "—His Prophecy, knowing
the determination at Wilhelmsbad regarding the French Revolution — His end —
Antichrist essentially a Cagliostro.

IX — The French Revolution. 39

Knowledge of the designs of the Freemasons by various Courts of Europe — Reason of
inaction — Warnings from Rome unheeded — Resources of Masonry— Its Propa-
ganda amongst the masses— Union with Weishaupt — Perseverance — Testimony of
Robison on the connection of Masonry with the Revolution — Rise of a Dictator.

Note. — Testimony of Louis Blanc and Monsgi-. Segur regarding the effects of

Freemasonry on the Revolution. - - - - - .4:1

X. — ^Napoleon and Freehiasonrt. 44

Napoleon's desire to seem separated fi-om the Revolution — In reality, and in his
conduct to the Church, a Freemason from beginning to end — His use of the
Church political and hypocritical — Testimony of Father Deschamps — Reasons of
his being sent to Egypt, Masonic — His Proclamations to the Egyptians and
French professing his Mahommedanism — His indifference to every Religion mani-
fested to the last — Testimonies from St. Helena — From Napoleon III. — His
selection as Ruler of France made to exclude the Bourbons — His encouragement
of Masonry — Fidelity of liis Ministers to Illuminism — The cause— The persecu-
tions of the Church — End of Pius VII. — Freemasons betray Napoleon.

Note. — Progress of Freemasonry during the reign of Napoleon - - . ■*

The Templars "resuscitated." Napoleon's Fall - - - .51

XI. — Freemasonry after the Fall of Napoleon. 52

Weishaupt still living, Continental Masonry changes front to meet the Christian
reaction in Europe — lUuminati, Ministers in every Court of Europe, and faithful
to him — The Tugenbund — Masonry hypocritically worlring in France — Talleyrand
and other Illuminati seek a Protestant King for France — Failing, they succeed
in governing Louis XVIII. — They gain Freedom for Atheistic literature — They
overthrow the elder Bourbons for the Son of their Grand Master, Egalite.

Note. — Valuable Speech of Baron Haugwitz on the connection of Freemasonry

with the Revolution - . - - - . - .54

XII. — Kindred Secret Societies in Europe. 56

Use made of Freemasonry by Atheists — Its Construction — Objects of Atheism —
Various forms of Illuminated Masonry encouraged, and Masonry made more
elastic and hypocritical at Wilhelmsbad — Permitted to insinuate itself as a
Religious Society, provided its secrecy and hierarchical secret government be
preserved — The hidden Chiefs thus always able to bend any Secret Society to
Atheistic ends — Willingness of the French Illuminati to help Catholics in
Ireland — Reasons — Attempts of the Illuminati upon Catholic Italy — Temporal
Power of the Pope, the first thing to be destroyed— State of the Italian popula-
tion — Active Faction of Revolutionists left by the French in Italy — Formation
of the Carbonari.

XIII. — The Carbonari. 63

Original Carbonari, similar to United Irishmen — Intense Catholicity and loyalty of
the first Carbonari — They fall under the government of the Illuminati — Are made
wholly Infidel — The Supreme Directory, or Alta Vendita, governs all the Secret
Societies of the World — Its special action against the Pope.




Value of Italy for piu-poses of the Revolution — Necessity of overcoming the Papacy —
"Our end, that of Voltaire and the French Revolution" — Hypocrisy of Garboii-
arisiu— Hope of a Revolutionist Pope — Ganganelli and Borgia — ITow to make a
faithful Cardinal or Prelate unpopular — ' ' Crush the enemy by lies and calumny ' ' —
How to corrupt Schools, Youths and Families — Intervention of Austria — How
to deceive the Clergy by patriotism — Nubius and other leaders of the Alta
Vendita— Piccolo Tigre-^His instructions to the Piedmontese Carbonari.

XV. — Letter of Piccolo Tigre. 73

Carbonari ordered to found " Societies" of any kind — Corrupt the Members — Manner
of procedure — Corruption first, and Freemasonry after — Folly of Freemasonry —
Its use for Carbonarism nevertheless — Seduction of Princes — Their use as
decoys — Carbonari recruited from Masonry — Treason punished by death — " The
Revolution in the Church, the Revolution e« permanence" — Resources from
England, &c.— Necessity for cold hatred — Principles of Piccolo Tigi-e actuating
Secret Societies all over the World — Proofs — Letter of Vindex to Nubius advising
Demoralization instead of Assassination^Mazzini, the advocate of Assassination-
Plan of tlie Alta Vendita for Demoralization — Legalization and popularization of
Prostitution — Corruption of Literature — Of University Education — Licence for
Blasphemy and Immoral Language — Corruption of Middle Class and Female
Education — Mazzini masters the Alta Vendita — Suspicious death of its Leader,

Note. — Mazzini on Organization - - - - - - . / 4

Rules of Mazzini for the Carbonari - - - - - . o-*

XVI. — The Intellectual and War Party in Masonry. 87

Existence of these departments — Preparation of all Masons to assist War Party in
Distress — Charge of the Venerable to all Apprentices — Examples— Victor Hugo
— Fate of the Alta Vendita.

XVII. — Lord Palmerston. 91

Incredulity natural regarding the role attributed to Palmerston by Father
Deschamps — Proofs from Henry Misley and Louis Blaiic — History of
Palmerston — Change from Conservative to Ultra-Liberal — His policy against
the Pope and Europe, Masonic — Not in the interests of England — Unites Italy
and Germany — Palmerston, Mazzini, and Louis Napoleon — Palmerston defies the
Queen, Cabinet, and Coiintry for Masonic ends — Inutility of his Dismissal for
acting without authority, and interpolatiag Dispatches — Isolation of England
made inevitable by his policy.

NOTES. — Testimony of Eckert - - - - - - ■ - " I

Jewish Illuminated Lodges in London - - - - • . J4

Testimony of Mr. F. Hugh O'Donnell, M.P. 96

XVIII. — War op the Intellectual Party. 97

Diffusion of Atheism and Immorality during the reign of Palmerston — Attacks on
the Christian Marriage Laws — On the Sabbath — On the Christian Customs of
Social and Public Life — On Primary Education — On Religious Instruction-
Queen's Colleges in Ireland — Attacks commenced on Religious Education in
England, successful by the aid of Masonry — Education of Females in purely Secular
and Master Schools — University Education — Contempt for Religion made

Note. — Monsigr. Dupauloup on the Freemason War against Christian Education - ' ''' '

XIX. — The War Party under Palmerston. 105

Mazzini prepares Europe for the Revolutions of 1848 — Napoleon III. obtains influence
with the Chief — War for the weakening of Russia, for the severance of Austria
fi-om Russia, aud for the unification of Italy — War on the Temporalities of the
Pope — Consequences following the Revolutionary action of Masonry under
Palmerston all over the World — Death of Palmerston— Rise of Bismarck— Fall of
Napoleon — France and Napoleon abandoned by the Sectaries— Consequences.



XX. — The International, the Nihilists, the Black Hand, «&;c. Ill

Differences in Masonry between the "Conservative Eepublicans" and the "Logical"
Pai^y — Consequences to the masses from the victories of the Freemasons — State
of the people in Italy after a quarter of a century of Masonic rule— Misery of the
Peasants reduced to semi-starvation and to slavery by taxes and the anti-religious
laws— Denial to the mass of Italians of the Franchise — Exorbitant taxes on
the poor — Happy condition of the peasantry under the Popes — Masons in
power bound to advance the Atheistic Programme against their wiU — The Secret
Directory and their Anarchist War Party — The International and its division into
National and International Brothers— The Black Hand— The Nihilists— The
Anarchists with ourselves — Duty of oiu- Government in the face of Dynamitards, &c.

XXI. — Freemasonry with Ourselves. 121

Union between Continental and British Masonry — Vanguard cries of Atheism
supported by the latter — The Sabbath observance attacked — Granting the
alleged freedom of British Masonry from the dark aims of the Continental, can a
conscientious Christian join it ? — Oaths taken essentially immoral — Oaths, Grips,
and Passwords of the three Degrees of British Masonry— The Apprentice- The
Fellow Craft— The Master. — British Masonry meant to wean Christians to
Atheism in its " higher " developments — Proof from the inauguration of Knights
of the Sun— God, "the Grand Architect," reduced to a Circle— Immorality
fostered by British Masonry— American Masonry murders Morgan for telUng its
Ritualistic secrets — Its practical inconveniences.

Notes. — Names of Delegates from Irish to Continental Lodges preserved in Dublin

Castle 1^1

Masonry in favour of Cremation, &c. ..... i-'4o

XXII.— Fenianism. 136

The Atheistic Directory and Ireland— Attempts in the last Century— Consequences-
Attempts in this — First Fenian leaders go to Paris to study the Secret Society
system on which to found Fenianism— This step taken during Pahnerston's rule
of the Sect— Consequences— Fenianism, perfected in Paris as Black Masonry—
Accordingly, hypocritical like Carbonarism — Its advances among the good.
Catholic Irish—Movements against England supposed to be Catholic — Efforts of
A. M. Svillivan, Smith O'Brien, the Nation and the Clergy to save the Irish
people from the seduction of Fenianism— The Fenian Newspaper permitted
by Palmerstou to talk Treason— Its attacks on the Clergy and the consequences-
Even the Irish Fenian Leaders, at heart Catholic, ten-ibly demoralized by the
Sect— Heartless seduction of Irish youth to certain ruin— History of James
Stephens as given by Mr. A. M. Sullivan- Of the movement, and its insensate
and criminal absui-dity — Traitors, Informers— Seducers amongst working men
in England, Scotland, and America— E\dl consequences to those deceived by them.

XXIII. — Sad Ending of the Conspirators. 147

This compared with the deaths of the faithful Irish people, who perished in the
worst recorded miseries — The martyr's crown in persecution and famine — Proofs —
The Career of the Secret- Society Seducer — Its sad ending.

XXrV. — The Triumph of Irish Faith. 150

Inutility of every attack upon Irish Faith — Testimony of Archbishop Moran—
God Save Ireland from Secret Societies — Counsel needed from God's Virgin
Mother — Advance of Atheism everywhere withstood solely by Ireland — Noble
conduct of the Irish people in every English-speaking country — They win others
to Christ while defeating the machinations of His enemy — Position of Ireland
in the triumph of Christ and His never-ending reign.

XXV. — Catholic Organization. 155

Review of the past — Wlien all human hope is gone God appears — Pius VI., Pius VII.,
Pius IX., and Leo XIII. — Providence in sending us the latter Pontiff — His Acts
and Condition — Bull Hwmanmn Genus — " Tear the mask off Freemasonry" —
"Establish Pious Societies" — Obedience to his commands.

XXVI. — Catholic Total Abstinencr Societies. 160

Condition of the Irish abroad — Drink — Position in Scotland and England — Respect-
ability .of many — The unsuccessful ruined by drink alone — Consequences of
drink in Edinburgh — Can a working man drink and be honest to his family ? —


The following pages contain the substance of two Lectures
given a few months ago in Edinburgh. The selection of
the subjects upon which they treat, and, indeed, the fact
of their being delivered at all, were, it may be said, acci-
dental. The author, a missionary priest, was, after over
twenty years' labour in Austraha, compelled for health
reasons to visit Europe ; and during the past season took
advantage of an opportunity to make a tour through
Scotland. His object in visiting that historic land was first
to gratify his Scotch friends and converts in Australia by
a sojourn, however brief, in a country, and in several special
localities of it, which he knew to be very dear to them ; and
next to satisfy his own desire of seeing the progress of
religion in that as well as in the other portions of the
British Islands which he had already visited. The condi-
tion of the Church in Ireland, and her advance amidst the
adverse influences with which she has to contend in England
and Scotland,are of intense interest to Australian Catholics ;
and an Australian missionary who visits these countries is
supposed to bring back much information regarding the
state of religion in each one of them. Scotland besides
i3 so full of historic reminiscences, and so favoured by
nature with splendid scenery, that a visit to Europe is
incomplete without a look upon its rugged hills, its
romantic lakes and lovely valleys, now made so interesting


by the works of Sir Walter Scott and other writers. The
land once evangelized by Columba and his bands of
missionary saints, has besides an indescribable charm for
a Catholic missionary. He went, therefore, with great
pleasure to Scotland, and he cannot speak too highly or
too thankfully of the kindness which the Venerable
Archbishop of Glasgow, the Bishops and the Clergy he
happened to meet with showed him. But, with the
exception of a Sunday sermon to oblige the good pastor
of whatever locality he happened to pass through, it
was his fixed intention not to speak publicly during his
rather rapid progress through the country. It happened,
however, that on coming to Edinburgh he found an old
and very dear friend and College companion in charge of
the most populous Catholic district of the metropolis, and
in deference to the earnest solicitations of that friend, he
departed from his resolution and gave during the few days
his stay lasted, first, a lecture on Secret Societies for the
benefit of a large and flourishing Catholic Association
for men ; and secondly, as a sequel to that, a lecture on the
Spohation of the Propaganda. /

Both lectures were delivered extemporaneously ; that
is to say, so far as the language which conveyed their
substance was concerned. The matter, however, had
been made famihar to the speaker by many years of
observation and reading. Very flattering, and, in some
cases, very full reports of them appeared in Catholic
new^spapers. The report of the principal Protestant organ
of public opinion in Edinburgh (the Scotsman) was


very fair, but another paper bitterly resented what it
chose to consider an attack on "Freemasonry and
Freedom." It was not, however, so much in the hope of
diverting Protestants from Freemasonry as in the desire
to show to Cathohcs that all kinds of secret societies were
as bad as, if not worse than, Freemasonry — were, in fact,
united with, and under the rule of the worst form of
Freemasonry — that the lecturer essayed to speak at all
upon the subject. If what he said could influence anyone
outside the Church from joining the worse than folly of
British Masonry, he would rejoice at the result ; but
his principal aim was to save his own co-religionists from
an evil far more pernicious to them than British Masonry
has ever been to Protestants. In this latter design, he
was glad to learn ^hat he had considerable success ; and
amongst those who heard or read hi3 utterances, very
many expressed a desire to see what he happened to
have said in a permanent form. Notwithstanding the
difflculties of doing this with any effect during a vacation
tour, he determined, at whatever cost to himself, to gratify
their wishes, and therefore took advantage of a few weeks'
rest, while spending Christmas in his Alma Mater — All
Hallows' College, Dubhn — to put both lectures into the
shape in which he now presents them to such as may
desire to read them, i

It must, however, be remembeied that these lectures
are nothing more than what they were originally ; that is,
casual discourses, and not formal and exhaustive treatises on
the subjects upon which they touch. For convenience he


has divided each one into separate headings ; and wliere
necessary to illustrate the text, he has added notes. These
are necessary in order to form a clear idea of the whole
matter treated. Notes, however, are not always proofs ;
and proofs however difficult to be obtained against oppo-
nents intent on concealment, must, nevertheless, be
forthcoming in order to convince. He has, therefore,
embodied in the text several documents which were only
referred to, or but partially quoted in the spoken lectures.
Those now occupy many pages of the lecture upon Secret
Societies, and will, he behoves, be read with considerable
interest by such as have not previously been acquainted
with them. " The Permanent Instruction " and the letters
of Vindex and Piccolo Tig re, originally published by
M. Cretineau- Joly from the archives of the Alta Vendita,
after they were fortunately discovered by the Eoman
police, are of this class. Certain extracts are also given
of equal value. Most of those documents have been
translated into English from French translations of the
original Italian and German ; and one passage, that of
Mr. Eiobison on Ereemasonry as the cause of the first
Erench Eevolution, is taken from a translation from the
Englisli into Erench, re-done into English, as it was
impossible to find the original English worK of Mr.
Kobison, which, though extremely valuable, is, he believes,
long out of print. The documents regarding the Spolia-
tion of tlie Propaganda have been translated from the
Latin and Italian originals. He has endeavoured to
translate all such documents as literally as possible, so as
to preserve their value as evidences.\


The first lecture, which he has entitled the war of
Antichrist wdth the Church and Christian Civilization, is
intended to treat, in as brief space as possible, the whole
question of Secret, Atheistic Organization, its origin, its
nature, its history in the last century and in this, and its
unity of satanic purpose in a wonderful diversity of
forms. To do this with effect, it was necessary to go over
a large area of ground, and to touch upon a great variety
of topics. The writer was conscious that much of this
ground and many of these topics would be very much
better known to a large number of Ins readers than to

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