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himself. Nearly every matter he had to speak about had
been already very frequently handled ably and exhaustively
in our Catholic reviews, magazines and newspapers. But
notwithstanding this fact, very few, if any, attempts have
been made in our language to treat the subject as a whole.
Many articles which he has seen, proposed to treat some
one feature only of the Atheistic conspiracy — for example,
Preemasonry ; or the Infidel war upon Christian education
and Christian institutions ; or the Kevolution in Italy ; or
the efforts of sectaries against the Temporal Power of
the Pope, and against the welfare of Christian States
generally. Several writers appeared to assume as known
that wdiich w^as really unknown to very many ; and few
touched at all .upon the fact — a fact, no doubt, difficult
to prove from the strict and ably guarded secrecy wdiich
protects it — of th^e supreme direction given to the univer-
sality of secret societies from a guiding, governing, and — •
even to the rank and file of the members of the secret


societies themselves — unknown and invisible junta cease-
lessly sitting in dark conclave and guiding the whole mass
of the secret societies of the world.

If it be difficult at this moment to point out the
place of meeting and the members of that powerful body
its existence can be proved from past discoveries of the
secret workings of the Order, and from present unity of
action in numberless occurring circumstances amongst a
vast multitude of men, whose essential organization con-
sists in bUnd obedience to orders coming down through
many degrees from an unknown source which thinks and
orders for the purposes of the whole conspiracy. The
great object, in order to understand the nature of such a
conspiracy, is to find out the ends for which those who
framed or adopted it, took it up. Por instance, Infidelity,
as it is now known in the world, never, it may be said,
existed to any appreciable extent before the time of
Yoltaire. Voltaire devoted his whole life to spread
Infidelity and destroy Christianity. When we see Yoltaire
and his disciples eagerly seize upon Treemasonry, and
zealously propagate it, as a means to their ends, we may
reasonably infer, it was because they judged Masonry
fitting for their Infidel and anti-Christian purposes. This
is further confirmed when we see Masonry adopted by all
men of their principles without exception. And it
becomes proved to demonstration when we see its organ-
ization seized upon as the basis of further and more
complex planning for the avowed purposes of ruining
Christianity and placing Atheism in its stead. Erench


Atheism using Masonry thus perfected, produced what it
aimed at during the Eeign of Terror in France, which, as
we shall see, is only a prelude to what it means one
day to accomplish throughout the entire world.

In order to make these facts clear, the writer, so far
as the form of a single lecture would allow, has given as
much of the history and character of both Voltaire and
Freemasonry, as might serve to show the adaptability of
the latter to the designs of the former. He has spoken of
the union and illuminism of Masonry through the instru-
mentality of Weishaupt, and has shown the immediate
consequences of the organization and influence of that
arch-conspirator in the first French Eevolution and its
outcome, the Consulate and the Empire. He deemed it
a duty to dispel the glamour of false glory which many
Christian writers have aided in throwing over Napoleon I.,
a real child of Freemasonry and Eevolution, and to re-
present him in his true colours. For though it cannot be
denied that Napoleon restored the Church, it is equally true
that his half-hearted measures in favour of religion tended
to deaden that strong reaction against Atheism which
even Eobespierre's attempts could not control ; while the
encouragement he gave to Freemasonry caused that
organization to so powerfully permeate Europe that it
has since controlled the civilized world with a subtle,
powerful force which nothing has been able to stay
save the Catholic Church alone.

Under the headings mentioned, the author has given
the salient phases of the action of the whole dread


conspiracy. He has dwelt at considerable length on its
efforts in Italy and in Europe generally. He has given
in extenso documents of the dark directory which rules
all the secret societies of the world. These documents
give the key to that satanic policy which guides the
Eevolution to this day. He adopts the opinion of
Eckert, Deschamps, Segur, and other grave Continental
authorities, as to the fact that Lord Palmerston succeeded
Nubius as Chief of the " Inner Circle," and consequently
Grand Patriarch of all the secret societies of the world ;
and he judges this not only from the testimony of Henry
Misley, one of the Alta Vendita under Nubius and
Palmerston, but much more from the suicidal, revolutionary
policy which Palmerston adopted when Eoreign
Minister of England, and which leaves that country now
without an ally in the world. This policy suited the con-
spirators of Europe ; but no man should have known
better than Palmerston that it could not suit Great
Britain. It was the reversal of all that the best British
statesmen had adopted as safeguards against the recur-
rence of Bonapartism and revolution, after the peace
obtained at Waterloo. But Palmerston was made a
monarch to become a slave to the secret sects, and for
their views he unceasingly laboured, regardless of country
or of any other consideration.

The existence of two parties in secret-society organi-
zation is a fact not generally known ; but it explains
many things in events daily occurring both on the
Continent and at home, which would be otherwise


inexplicable. It explains how ministers like Gavour can
sometimes — in play, of course — imprison generals like
Garibaldi, how Thiers could crush the Commune, and
how Eerry can make show of being adverse to anarchists
in Paris. Nevertheless, the anarchists are the children
of the Sovereign Directory. Their highest leaders are men
of the '-Inner Circle." If policy requires a revolution or
an outraofC, anarchists of the rank and file are led on to
make it ; and are generally left also to their fate — a fate,
in its turn, made use of for the purposes of the general
Kevolution. The Inner Circle of high conspirators, in the
solitude of their dark plottings, manage all and find uses
for all. Politics, with them, are mere playthings. Upon
great social movements, upon discontented populations,
upon corruption, distraction, and contention, they rely to
bring their one redoubted enemy, the Catholic Church,
to what they call the tomb.

There are few people on earth more concerned with
this fact than the Irish people.

The Irish people are now found not only in Ireland,
but outside Ireland in large centres of industry, where the
action of the International Association of Workmen,
and other kindred working men's associations, have
most influence. It must be borne in mind that the
amelioration in the condition of the working-man is never
attempted by the International without coupling with it
the strongest hatred for Christianity. Nothing proves more
clearly its origin and its connection with the Supreme
Directory of the Cosmopolitan Atheistic Conspiracy against


religion and order than this one fact. In 1870, the
society liad on its rolls ten milhons of members. Its
numbers have yearly increased since. At the famous
International Congress, held in Geneva in 1868, it
formulated the following declaration, which has since been
more than once acted on by its members on the Continent :


*' The object of the International Association of
" Workmen, as of every other Socialist Association, is to
" do away with the parasite and the pariah. Now, what
*' parasite can be compared to the priest who takes away
" the pence of the poor and of the widow by means of
*' lying. What outcast more miserable than the Christian
" Pariah.

" God and Christ, these citizen-Providences have
" been at all tioies the armour of Capital and the most
" sanguinary enemies of the working classes. It is owing
" to God and to Christ that we remain to this day in
" slavery. It is by deluding us with lying hopes that
*'the priests have caused us to accept all the sufferiogs
" of this earth.

" It is only after sweeping away all religion, and
" after tearing up even to the last roots every religious
" idea. Christian and every other whatsoever, that we can
" arrive at our political and social ideal.

" Let Jesus look after his heaven. We believe
" only in humanity. It would be but to fail in all our
" duties w^ere we to cease, even for a second, to pursue
" the monsters who have tortured us.


" Down, tlien, with God and with Christ ! Down
" with the despots of heaven and earth ! Death to the
" priests ! Such is the motto of our grand Crusade."

This address gives the true spirit and aim of the
International League, which has emissaries everywhere
striving to decoy working men into secret- society
intrigues. In America it has already led Irish Catholic
labourers into lamentable excesses. It has under its
control some seemingly laudable benefit societies which
it uses as a means to draw Catholics gradually from the
influence of the Church. The necessity therefore of
being prepared for its efforts must be evident to everyone.

Erom the general consideration of secret societies, the
author turns to their action amongst ourselves. He gives
the most salient features of British Freemasonry, its
oaths, passwords, and signs. He shows to what extent
it differs from Continental Masonry, and how it is
essentially unlawful and dangerous. He then passes to
the principal point of his lecture, so far as his auditory
were concerned — Eenianism.

All that he had stated before, here becomes of use as
explanatory of the nature of that mischievous conspiracy,
which had its rise, development, and ending — if, indeed, it
has ended — while the author was engaged upon the
Australian mission. But he has given ample proof of
its designs from admitted authorities. The history of its
founders he has taken from a source that cannot be
impugned, the works of the late Mr. A. M. Sullivan, of
the Nation. The other articles, on the sad ending of


conspirators, and the wonderful indestructibility of Irisli
Taith rest upon tlieir own merits.

A discourse which aimed at illustrating the words
of our Holy Father Leo XIII. could not be complete
without a reference to such societies as the wisdom of the
great Pontiff has pointed out as fitted for Christian men.
The author, therefore, speaks in favour of the excellent
Temperance Society he found already in action, con-
nected with the Catliolic Institute, as a sovereign antidote
against secret societies of every description, and as the
best remedy for those ills he could not help witnessing
when passing through Edinburgh, and other great centres
of population in England and Scotland. He plainly refers
to the evil which certain idle agitators brinsf in those
cities amongst poor, good-natured, but credulous, Irish
Catholic working men. He believes that nine-tenths of the
pabulum which keeps such pernicious seducers in employ-
ment would be destroyed if Irish working men could
be removed from the influence of persons who make
profit out of their unfortunate drinking habits ; and that
misfortune of nearly every temporal kind would cease for
them, if they became temperate aiid continued to practise
ttiose virtues which Cathohc confraternities with strict
sobriety as a first rule, foster. He has therefore given
his aid in advocacy of such societies as are calculated to
keep the Irish in England and in Scotland, and indeed
everywhere, sober, — a quality which, with habits of
industry, economy, and thrift, enables them to live happily,
and to bring up famihes educated, fairly provided for, and


a credit, instead of a shame, to the country and the
religion of their parents.

The necessity of compressing a large amount of
matter into the small space at his disposal, has caused
many of the topics touched upon to be treated very in-
adequately considering their claims to attention. He has,
however, given as much fact and matter as he could, even
at the risk of occasionallv sacrificins: smoothness and ease
in writing. His desire was to give within the shortest
limits, as full, complete, and consecutive a view as
possible of the whole subject he undertook to treat.
Under any one of the headings given, a volume, and
in some cases, a very large and interesting volume,
could be written. Pacts, however, tell for themselves, and
in most instances he has left to the intelligent reader the
task of drawing the inferences.

Indeed, his principal object in printing these lectures
at all, and his chief hope, has been to direct the attention
of those whom it most concerns to the question of secret
organization as a wJwle ; to point out the fact that there
exists an able, vigilant body of men, trained for years
in the work of conspiracy, who never cease to plot for
the destruction of Christianity, and of Christian social
order amongst mankind ; and that the success of these men
has hitherto arisen mainly from tliek astute and ceaseless
efforts to remain concealed. The world in all its past
history has never been accustomed to deal with such
a body. The sworn secret society anywhere, is, what
Mr. A. M. Sullivan tells us it is, in his admirable descrip-


tion of its action in Dublin in liis time. Its policy, then, was
to stifle every form of Irish public opinion except
that which supported its own views. Every other expression
was to be prevented by emissaries, who found their way
into every popular gathering, and by secret concert,
known to themselves alone, and not even so much as
suspected by others, were able to make "pubhc opinion "
seem to be in favour of the policy of their chiefs. If
these emissaries failed, others of the secret brotherhood
menaced the adverse popular leaders with loss of busiuess
and character, with violence, and even death. With
every one of these evils the secret-society men of the
time threatened Mr. Sullivan. He, however, foiled their
astuteness, and braved their menaces. He succeeded
in escaping ; but it was much more owing to the con-
science remaining amongst some of the Irish Fenians
than to the mercy of the organization itself.

This incident, which is related at length in
Mr. Sullivan's " New Ireland," gives a true idea
of the action of every secret-society organization,
working, under many apparent public pretences, for the
ends of its chiefs. The rases of a bird to draw
away attention from the nest of its young, is but
a faint resemblance of what every secret society does to
avoid detection, either of itself or of its intentions or
doings. It scruples to commit no crime, not even
murder, to divert suspicion, and to remain concealed.
Concealment is, and has been from the beginning, the
very essence of its inward organism and of its outward


policy. It is vain therefore to suppose that because no
visible manifestation of its presence appears, or because
some evidences — always suspicious when they are shown —
of its (lying out, or becoming ridiculous, impotent, or
dead, appear, that there is no further danger to be
dreaded from its attempts. It has the cunning of the
serpent, and the patience too. It can feign itself dead
to save its head from being crushed. The author of
these pages was assured in Eome, that it was all nonsense
to suppose that secret societies any longer existed in
Ireland; that they were things of the past which Irish
Faith had banished. In a few days after, however, the
world was startled by the deeds of tho Invincibles, led on,
as was subsequently discovered, by a miscreant who had
used the cloak of the most sacred practices of religion
to conceal his real character, and to win confederates,
and then victims, to his infernal designs.

Now, if the following pages prove anything, it is that
over the whole world there exists a formidable conspiracy —
the War of Antichrist — carried on by a secret directory
rulino- every form of secret society on earth, and losing no
chance of seducing men from God by first bringing them,
under some pretence or other, within its ranks. It is
certain that this directory will not lose sight of the Irish
race in the future, any more than in the past ; that most
likely in the future its plans for seducing them from,
or turning them, for political or other reasons, against the
Church, will be laid more astutely and less visibly than
ever. The methods by which these high conspirators


deceive, change continually; and in the constantly
recurring political agitations of Ireland, a wide field
is open which they are certain to cultivate to the best
advantage for the ruin of souls. Unceasing vigilance is
required, therefore, to guard against their machinations
and unceasing diligence in exposing their aims.

The Holy Pather, in his late celebrated Eull,
Humanmn Genus^ has, therefore, manifested his desire
that the bishops, the clergy, and even the laity of
tlie Church should join in exposing Freemasonry and
other such societies. Eut without a proper knowledge of
the conspiracy as a whole that cannot be done. The
author attempts to give such knowledge ; but he hopes
that his efforts may be improved upon by others more able
than himself, and that he may have the happiness before
long of seeing some compendium of the whole subject in
English which might form a text book for seminarists
and others to whom the future fate of the people of
God in dangerous days is co be committed. All he
could do in the time at his disposal was to give a popular
idea of the subject. The works which he has chiefly
used for this purpose are those of Cretineau Joly,
Eckert, Segur, Dupanloup, and Deschamps (as edited
by M. Claude Janet), together with the current
information given in the Civilta CattoUca and other
Catholic reviews and periodicals. He believes moreover,
that, as philosophical studies of the soundest kind
on the basis of St. Thomas have, through the care of the
Holy Father, assumed their proper influence in ecclesi-


astical education, seminarists, and others also, should study
the practical growth of those Pantheistic and immoral
principles to which that philosophy is opposed. The
fundamental basis of rreemasonry, as perverted or
" illuminated," by Weishaupt, is Pantheism ; and
Positivism and all the "isms" which the philosophers
of the sect have since introduced, are meant ultimately to
cause Pantheism and its attendant practical immorality to
dominate over the earth. It is a new form of the oldest
seduction : " eat the forbidden fruit and ye shall be as
gods knowing good from evil," and is always accompanied
with that other lie, of " the liar and the murderer from the
beginning," " No, ye shall not die the death."

Purthermore, it must be remembered that secret
societies have little dread of mere denunciation. Exposi-
tion, calm and just, is that of which they are most afraid.
The masses in them are nearly always in that sad
condition through deception. The light thrown vividly
upon the real nature of the secret sect; the gentle,
kind indulgence of the Church mournino^ over the ruin
and yearning for the return of her children, put before
tliem, will do wonders to win back Irish victims from
secret societies. Mere abuse does no good. Por the
rest, prevention is better than cure ; and the time
seems to have arrived when in schools, in preparation for
first communion, in constant, well-judged recurrence in
the instructions given to the people, in lectures and
articles in our Catholic newspapers, the evil of secret
societies — too sure to manifest itself in many countries —



should be made known to all classes of the faithful,
who can thus be easily trained in such a way as to treat
the secret society or any emanation from it as their
ancestors treated heresy, and reject, even at the peril of
their lives, the " unclean thing." Sound Catholic asso-
ciations, temperance, and pious confraternities, are the
remedies pointed out by the Holy Father, and these will
preserve the portions of the flock already untainted, and
retain those whom grace and zeal may bring back to the
Eold of Christ.





MoNSiGNOR Smith, Eev. Fathers, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It gives me, indeed, great pleasure to find the Catholic body-
in this great city possessed of such a valuable, 9nd, I may add,
magnificent block of buildings as that which forms this " Catholic
Institute," and to know that over nine hundred of the Catholic
young men of Edinburgh are gathered together by its means for
mutual improvement and for moral and religious aims. I feel
proud of it as the Avork of my friend and fellow-student. Father
Hannan, your respected pastor. I am sure his energies, which
have been in other directions — in the erection and sustenance
of your extensive Parochial Schools, for instance — so well
employed, could not be afterwards put to better purpose than in
forming and watching over such an institution. A Catholic
Society founded on the spiritual lines of this Society, and enjoy-
ing its advantages in a temporal sense, is in fact, now-a-days, a
necessity. It takes up and protects the Catholic boy at the
most perilous and decisive period of his life — that is, when he
leaves the employments and restraints of his school days to learn
some trade or profession. It keeps him until manhood, well
removed from those dangerous and seductive associations, so
common in all large cities. It gives him rational amusement and
the means of self-improvement. It causes him to frequent the
sacraments, to practise prayer, to be provident^ temperate,
industrious, and, above all, religious. It places him in constant
communication with, and therefore under, the special care of his



Pastor. It is, in fact, the special antidote -which our present Holy-
Father — -whom may God long preserve to us — advises the Bishops
of the Catholic Church to employ throughout the -world against the
poisonous influence of those secret societies, -which the demon has
rendered so general and so disastrous in our days. Speaking of
the operative classes, Leo XIII. says, in his celebrated
Encyclical Humanum Genus of this year, '^ Those who sustain
themselves by the labour of their own hands, besides being by
their very condition most worthy above all others of charity
end consolation, are also especially exposed to the allurements of
men whose -ways lie in fraud and deceit. Therefore, they ought
to be helped with the greatest possible kindness, and be invited
to join societies that are good, lest they be drawn away to others
that are evil."

Now, these words of the Holy Father came very forcibly to
my mind when I was shown, on last Saturday, the fine hall in which
we are now assembled — the library and study-rooms, and the
various means for recreation and improvement attached to this
building. I was specially pleased to see so many young men
innocently enjoying themselves, or usefully employed, on a day,
which, of all other days of the week, is the one which most invites
the youth of our cities to dissipation and sin. And so it
happened that when Father Hannan asked me to say " a few
words " — by which, I suppose he meant the lecture advertised
in this morning's papers — on this Monday evening, I could not
well refuse ; and as the time for preparation was very short, I
determined to say ^' the few words" on the conflict which
during this, and the last century, has taken place between the
Church of Christ and Atheism. My reason was, because I
knew, that Atheism, closely masked, and astutely organized, not
only has sought, but still seeks, the destruction of the Church,
and the destruction of the souls which it is her mission to save ;
and as the Catholic Young Men's Society of Edinburgh is one of
those beneficent associations pointed out by the Vicar of Christ
as the special means for defeating the designs of Atheism, I


believe I cannot do a more appropriate, or indeed a greater
service, than by unfolding what these designs really are. In

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