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pretence of expediency, which gave security to sinners, and
a kind of recognized status to degraded women. We
find, wherever Masonry could effect it, these bad influences
brought to bear upon the universities, the army, the navy, the
training schools, the civil service, and upon the whole
population. " Make corrupt hearts and you will have no more
Catholics," said Vindex, and faithfully, and with effect, the secret
societies of. Europe have followed that advice. Hence, in Finance
under the Empire, Paris, bad enough before, became a very
pandemonium of vice ; and Italy just in proportion to the con-
quests of the Revolution, became systematic^ally corrupted on
the very lines laid down by the Alta Yendita.

Next, laws subversive of Christian morality were caused
to be passed in every State, on, of course, the most plausible
pretexts. These laws were, first, that of divorce, then, the abolition
of impediments to marriage, such as consanguinity, order, and
relationship, union with a deceased wife's sister, etc. Well the
infidels knew that in proportion as nations fell away from
the holy restraints of the Church, and as the sanctity and
inviolability of the marriage bond became weakened, the more
Atheism would enter into the human family.

Moreover, the few institutions of a public, Christian nature
yet remaining in Christian States were to be removed one after
another on some skilfully devised, plausible plea. The Sabbath
.which in the Old as well as in the New Dispensation, proved so
great an advantage to religion and to man — to nations as well as
to individuals — was marked out for desecration. The leniency of
the Church which permitted certain necessary works on Sunday,
was taken advantage of, and the day adroitly turned into
one of common trading in all the great towns of Catholic Conti-
nental Europe. The Infidels, owing to a previous determination
arrived at in the lodges, clamoured for permission to open museums
and places of public amusement on the days sacred to the services
of religion, in order to distract the population from the hearing
of Mass and the worship of God. Not that they cared for the


unfortunate working man. If tlie Sabbath ceased to-morrow, he
would be the slave on Sunday that they leave him to be during
the rest of the week. The one day of rest would be torn from the
labouring population, and their lot drawn nearer than before
to that absolute slavery which always did exist, and would
exist again, under every form of Idolatry and Infidelity. Pending
the reduction of men to Socialism, the secret conclave directing
the whole mass of organized Atheism has therefore taken
care that in order to withdraw the working man from
attending divine worship and the hearing of the Word of God,
theatres, cafes, pleasure gardens, drinking saloons, and other
still worse means of popular enjoyment shall ])e made to exert
the utmost influence on him upon that day. This sad influence
is beginning to be felt amongst ourselves. Then, besides the
suppression of State recognition to religion, chaplains to the
army, the navy, the hospitals, the prisons, etc., were to be with-
drawn on the plea of expense or of being unnecessary. Courts
of justice, and public assemblies were to be deprived of every
Christian symbol. This was to be done on the plea of religion
being too sacred to be permitted to enter into such places. In
courts, in society, at dinners, etc., Christian habits, like that of
grace before meals, etc., or any social recognition of God's
presence, were to be scouted -as not in good taste. The company
of ecclesiastics was to be shunned, and a hundred other able
means were devised to efface the Christian aspect of the nations
until they presented an appearance more devoid of religion
than that of the very pagans.

But of all the attacks made by Infidels during the reign
of Palmerston, that upon primary, middle-class, and superior
education was the most marked, the most - determined, and
decidedly, when successful, the most disastrous.

We must remember that from the commencement of the
war of Atheism on Christianity, under Voltaire and the Encyclo-
paedists, this means of doing mischief was the one most advocated
by the chief leaders. They then accumulated immense sums to


diffuse their own bad literature amongst every class. Under
the Empire, the most disastrous blow struck by the Arch-Mason
1 alleyrand was the formation of a monopoly of education for
Infidelity in the foundation of the Paris University. But it
was left for the Atheistic plotters of this century to perfect
the plan of wresting the education of every class and sex of the
coming generations of men from out of the hands of the Church,
and the influence of Christianity.

This plan was elaborated as early, I think, as 1826, by
intellectual Masonry, About that time appeared a dialogue
between Quinet and Eugene Sue, in which after the manner of the
letter of Vindex to Nubius the whole programme of the now
progressing education war was sketched out. In this the
hopes which Masonry had from Protestantism in countries where
the population was mixed, were clearly expressed. The jealousy
of rival sects was to be excited, and when they could not agree,
then the State was to be induced to do away with all kinds of
religion "just for peace sake," and establish schools on a purely
secular basis, entirely removed from " clerical control," and handed
over to lay teachers, whom in time Atheism could find means to
" control " most surely. But in purely Catholic countries, where
such an argument as the differences of sects could not be adduced,
then the cry was to be against clerical versus lay teaching.
Eeligious teachers were to be banished by the strong hand, as
at present in France, and afterwards it could be said that lay
teachers were not competent or willing to give religious
instruction, and so that, too, in time, could be made to disappear.^

^ The late celebrated MonsignorDupanloup published, in 1875, an invaluable
little treatise, in which he gave, from the expressions of the most eminent
Masons in France and elsewhere, from the resolutions taken in principal lodges,
and from the opinions of their chief literary organs, proofs that what i? here
stated is correct. The following extracts regarding education wiU show what
Masonry has been doing in regard to that most vital question. Monsignor
Dupanloup says: — " In the great lodge called the " Rose of Perfect Silence," it
was proposed at one time for the consideration of the brethren : — " Ought religious
education be suppressed?" This was answered as follows : — " Without any doubt
" the principle of supernatural authority, that is faith in God, takes from a man
" his dignity ; is useless for the discipline of children, and there is also in it, the
" danger of tlae abandonment of all morality " . , " The respect, specially due


We may here call to mind the fact that it was while Lord
Palmerston directed Masomy as Monarch, and English policy as
Minister, that secularism was insidiously attempted to be intro-
duced into higher education in Ireland by Queen's Colleges, and
into primary education by certain acts of the Board of National
Education. The fidelity of the Irish Episcopacy and the ever
vigilant watchfulness of the Holy See, disconcerted both plans,
or neutralized them to a great extent. Attempts of a like kind
are being made in England, There, by degrees, board schools with
almost unlimited assistance from taxes have been first made legal,

" to the child, prohibits the teaching to him of doctrines, which distiirb his
" reason."

To show the reason of the activity of the Masons, all the world over, for
the diffusion of irreligioi;s education, it will be sufficient to quote the view of the
the Monde Ma^onniqtie on tlie subject. It says, in its issue of May 1st, 1865,
"An immense field is open to our acti-^ity. Ignorance and superstition weigh
" upon the world. Let us seek to create schools, professorial chairs, libraries."
Impelled by the general movement thus infused into the body, the Masonic
(French) Convention of 1870, came unanimously to the following decision : —
" The Masonry of France associates itself to the forces at work in the country
" to render education gratuitous, obligatory, and laic."

We have all heard how far Belgium has gone in pursuit of these Masonic
aims at Infidel education. At one of the principal festivals of the Belgian
Freemasons a certain brother Boulard exclaimed, amidst miiversal applause,
"When ministers shall come to announce to the country that they intend to
regulate the education of the people I will cry aloud, " to me a Mason, to me
alone the question of education must be left ; to me the teaching ; to me the
examination ; to me the solution."

Monsgr. Dupanloup also attacked the Masonic project of having professional
schools for young girls, such as are now advocated in the Australian colonies and
elsewhere in English-speaking comitries. At the time, the movement was but
just being initiated in France, but it could not deceive him. In a pamphlet, to
which all the Bishops of France adhered, and which was therefore called the Alarm
of the Episcopate, he showed clearly that these schools had two faces : — on one of
which was written " Professional Instruction for Girls," and on the otlier,
" Away with Christianity in life and death." "Without woman," said Brother
Albert Leroy, at an International Congress of Masons, at Paris, in 1867, " all the
men united can do nothing " — nothing to effectually de-Christianize the world.

The French " Education League " had the same object. At the time it was
introduced, the lodges were busy with getting up a statue to Voltaire. And the
Monde Ma(onm(]ue, speaking of both, said in April, 1867 : —

" May the Education League and the statue of Brother Voltaire find in all
" the lodges the most lively sympathy. We could not have two subscriptions
" more in harmony ; Voltaire, that is the destruction of prejudices and supersti-
" tions : the Education League, that is the building up of a new society
'• founded solely upon science and upon instruction. All our brethren imdorstand
" the matter in this manner."

It is needless to remark here that by " superstition " the Monde Ma^onniqiie
means religion, and, by " science and instruction," these acquirements, not only
without, but du'ectly hostile to religion. This newspaper constantly teaches


nnd then encouraged most adroitly. The Church schools have
been systematically discouraged, and hav^e now reached the point
of danger. This has been effected, first, by the Masonry of
Palmerston in the high places, and, secondly, by the Masonry
of England generally, not in actual league and knowingly, with
the dark direction I speak of, but unknowingly influenced by its
well-devised cries for the spread of light, for the diffusion of
education amongst the masses, for the banishment of rehgious
discord, etc. It was, of course, never mentioned, that all the
advantages cried up could be obtained, together with the still
greater advantage of a Christian education, producing a future
Christian population. It was sedulously kept out of sight that
the people who would be certain to use board schools, were those
who never went themselves to any church, and who would never

that all religions are so many darknesses, that Masonry is the light ; that God,
the soul, the life to coine, are nothing but suppositions and fantasies, and that, as
a consequence, a man ought to be reared up independent of every kind of
Christianity. Therefore, it adds, "All masons ought to adhere in mass to tiie league
of instruction, and the lodijcs ought to study in the peace of their temples the best
means to render it efficacious. In fact the Education League and JNlasonry are
declared to be identical by Brother Mace, who, at a general banquet, drank : —
" To the entrance of all Masons into the League. To the entrance into Masonry
of all those who form part of the League." " To the trimuph of the light, the
watchword common to the League and to Masonry."

In fine, the author of a history of Freemasonry, and one evidently well uj) in
its aims, Brother Goffin, writes as follows : —

" Whenever Masonry accords the entrance into its temple to a Hebrew, to a
Mahometan, to a Catholic, or to a Protestant, that is done on the condition that
he becomes a new man, that he abjures all his past errors, that he rejects the super-
stitions in ivhich he ivas cradled from his youth. AVithout all this what has he to do
in our Masonic assemblies?"

But as we have seen the great aim of the Alta Vendita, was to corrupt
woman, " As we cannot suppress her," said Vindex to Nubius, " let us corrupt
her with the Church." The method best adapted for this was to alienate tier from
religion by an infidel education. The Freemasons, no doubt, obtained from tlie
higher grades the word of command, and, accordingly, proceeded to force, every-
where, the establishment of superior schools for young girls where they might
be surely deprived of their religion and their morality. In the " Lodge of Benefi-
" cence and Progress," at Boulogne, on the 19th of July, 1867, "Massol" thus
spoke : " By means of instruction, women will become able to shake off the
" clerical yoke, and to liberate themselves from the superstitions which impede
" them from occupying themselves with an education in harmony with the spirit
" of the age." To give one proof only of this, where is the English, German, or
American woman, who to the two religious questions which her own children
can propose to her: " Who made the world?" "Do we continue to live after
" death ?" would dare to answer that she knew nothing and that no one knew
anything about it. Well, then, this boldness the instructed French woman will


tliink of. giving religious instruction of any kind to their
children. Nothing'can shoAvthe power of Freemasonry in a stronger
light than the stupor it was able cast over the men who make laws
in both Houses of the English Parliament, and who were thus
hoodwinked into training up men fitted to take position,
wealth, and bread itself, from themselves and their children ;
to subject, in another generation, the moneyed classes of Eng-
land to the lot that befell other blinded " moneyed people " in
France during the last century. In England, the Freemasons
had, unfortunately, the Dissenters as allies. Hatred for church
schools caused the latter to make common cause with Atheists
against God, but the destruction of the Church of England — they
do not hope for the destruction of the vigorous Catholic
Church of the country — will never compensate even Socinians
for a spirit of instructed irreligion in England — a spirit which,
in a genei'ation, will be able and only too willing to attempt
Atheistic levelling for its own advantage, and certainly not for
the benefit of wealthy Dissenters, or Dissenters having anything
at all to lose.

The same influences of Atheism were potent, and for the
same reasons, in all our Australian legislatures. There the influence
of continental Freemasonry is stronger than at home, and con-
servative influences which neutralize Atheistic movements of too
democratic a nature in England and Scotland, are weaker.
Hence, in all our Australian Parliaments, Acts are passed with but
a feeble resistance from the Church party, abolishing religious
education of every kind, and making all the education of the
country ** secular', compulsory, and free." That is, without
religion, enforced upon every class, and at the general expense
of the State. Hence, after paying the taxation in full, the
Catholic and the conscientious Christian of the Church of
England, have to sustain in all those colonies their own system of
education, and this, while paying for the other system, and while
bearing the additional burden of the competition of State
schools, richly and completely endowed with every possible
requisite and luxury out of the general taxes


A filial feature in the education-war of Atheism against the
Church especially, and against Christianity of every kind, is the
attempted higher education without religion of young girls. The
expense which they have induced every legislature to undertake
for this purpose is amazing ; and how the nations tolerate that
expense is equally amazing. It is but carrying out to the letter
the advice of Vindex : — ''If we cannot suppress woman, let us
corrupt her together with the Church." For this purpose those
infamous hot-beds of foul vice, "lodges of adopfion," lodges for
woman, and lodges " androgynes," — lodges for libertine Masons
and women — were established by the lUuminati of France in the
last century. For the same purpose schools for the higher
education of young girls are now devised. This we know by the
open avowal of leading Masons. They were introduced into
France, Belgium, Italy, and Germany for the purpose of
withdrawing young girls of the middle and upper classes
from the blessed, safe control of nuns in convents, and of
leading them to positive Atheism by infidel masters and infidel
associates. This design of the lodges is succeeding in its
mission of terrible mischief ; but, thank God, not amongst the
daughters of respectable Christians of any kind, who value the
chastity, the honour, or the future happiness here and hereafter of
that sex of their children, who need most care and delicacy in

In the extract from the permaneut instruction of the Alta
Vendiia, you have already seen how astutely the Atheists compas-
sed the corruption of youth in Universities. It is since notorious
that in all high schools over which they have been able to obtain
infiuence, the students have been deprived of religion, taught to
mock and hate it, allured to vicious courses, and have been placed
under professors without religion or morality. How can we be
surprised if the Universities of the Continent have become the
hot-beds of vice, revolution, and Atheism ? When Masonry
governs, as in France, Italy, and Germany, moreover, the only
way for youth to obtain a livelihood on entering upon life is by


being affiliated to Masonry ; and the only way to secure advance-
ment is to be devoted to the principles, the intrigues, and the
interests of the sect.

The continuous efforts of Masonry, aided by an immoral and
Atheistic literature, by a corrupt public opinion, by a zealous
Propagandisni of contempt for the Church, for her ministers and
her ministrations, and by a sleepless, able Directory devoted to
the furtherance of every evil end, are enough, in all reason, to
ruin Christianity if that were not Divine, But, in addition to
its intellectual efforts, Masonry has had from the beginning
another powerful means of destroying the existing social and
Christian order of the world in the interests of Atheism. We
shall see what this is by a glance at the action of


The War Party under Palmerston.
Father Deschamps, on the authority of Eckert and
Mislay, gives an interesting description of all that Freemasonry,
under the direction of Lord Palmerston, attempted and effected
after the failure of the revolutionary movements, conducted by the
party of action, under Mazzini, in 1848. These were fomented
to a large extent by British diplomacy and secret service money
manipulated by Lord Palmerston. Under his guidance and
assistance, Mazzini had organized all his revolutionary sects.
Young Italy, Young Poland, Young Europe, and the rest sprang
as much from the one as from the other. But after years of
close union, Mazzini, who was probably hated by Palmerston, and
dreaded as the murderer of Nubius, began to wane in influence.
He and his party felt, of course, the inevitable effects of failure ;
and the leader subsided without, however, losing any
of his utility for the sect. Napoleon III. appears to have
supplanted him in the esteem of Palmerston, and would, if he
dared, not follow the Carbonari. Mazzini accordingly hated
Napoleon III. with a deadly hatred, which he lived to be able
to gratify signally w^hen Palmerston was no more. As he was


the principal means of raising Palmerston to power in the
Alta Venclita^ so, after Palmerston had passed away, he intro-
duced another great statesman to the high conductors, if not
into the high conduct itself, of the whole conspiracy ; and caused
a fatal blow to be given to France and to the dynasty of
Napoleon. Meanwhile, from 1849 to the end of the life of
Palmerston, the designs formed by the high council of secret
Atheism, were carried out with a perfection, a vigour, and a
success never previously known in their history. Nothing was
precipitated ; yet everything marched rapidly to realization. The
plan of Palmerston — or the plan of the deadly council which
plotted under him — was to separate the two great conservative
empires of Russia and Austria, while, at the same time, dealing
a deadly blow at both. It was easy for Palmerston to make
England see the utility of weakening Russia, which threatened
her Indian possessions. France could be made join in the fray, by
her ruler, and the powerful Masonic influence at his command :
Therefore, the Russian campaign of 1852. But it was necessary
for this war to keep Prussia and Austria quiet. Prussia was
bribed by a promise to get, in time, the Empire of United
Germany. Austria was frightened by the resolution of
England and France to bring war to the Danube, and so form
a projected Kingdom in Poland and Hungary. The joint
power of England, France, and Turkey could easily, then, with
the aid of the populations interested, form the new kingdom,
and so effectually curb Russia and Austria. But it was of more
importance for the designs of the sect upon the temporal power
of the Pope, and upon Austria herself, to separate the Empires.
Palmerston succeeded with Austria, who withdrew from her
alliance with Russia. The forces, therefore, of England and
France, were ordered from the Danube to the barren Crimea, as
payment for her neutrality. This bribe proved the ruin ot
Austrian influence. As soon as Russia was separated from her,
and weakened beyond the power of assisting her, if she would,
France, countenanced by England, dealt a deadly blow at


Austrian rule in Italy, united Italy, and placed the temporal
power of the Pope in the last stage of decay. On the
other hand, Prussia was permitted to deal a blow soon after
at Austria. This finished the prestige of the latter as the
leading power in Germany, and confined her to her original
territory, with the loss of Venice, her remaining Italian
province. After this war, Palmerston passed away, and Mazzini
came, once more, into authority in the sect. Ke remembered his
grudge against Napoleon, and at once used his influence with the
high direction of Masonry to abandon France and assist Germany ;
and,onthe promise of Bismarck — a promise fulfilled by the May laws
— that Germany should persecute the Church as it Avas persecuted
in Italy, Masonry went over to Germany, and Masons urged on
Napoleon to that insane expedition which ended in placing
Germany as the arbiter of Europe, and France and the
dynasty of Napoleon in ruins. In the authorities I have quoted
for you, there is abundant proof that Masonry, just as it had
assisted the French Eevolution and Napoleon I., now assisted
the Germans. It placed treason on the side of the French, and
sold in fact the unfortunate country and her unscrupulous ruler.
Mazzini forced Italy not to assist Napoleon, and was gratified to
find before his death, that the liar and traitor, who, in the hope
of getting assistance he did not get from Masonry, had dealt his
last blow at the Vicar of Christ, and placed Rome and the
remnant of the States of the Church in the hands of the King of
Italy, had lost the throne and gained the unenviable character of
a coward and a fool.

This is necessarily but a brief glance at the programme, which
Atheism has both planned and carried out since the rule of
Palmerston commenced. Wherever it prevailed, the worst form
of persecution of the Church at once began to rage. In
Sardinia, as soon as it obtained hold of the King and
Government, the designs of the French Revolution were at once

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