Leo Taxil. The tale of the Pope and the Pornographer. It was a practical joke which has gone on to have a ‘life of its own’: Gabriel Jogand-Pag�s, better known. Perhaps no one aspect of anti-Masonic practice has fueled religious zeal greater than the hoax perpetrated by Leo Taxil, shown above right, on Albert Pike. Marie Joseph Gabriel Antoine Jogand-Pagès, aka Leo Taxil. At some point in your Masonic life, you’ll hear anti-Masons prattling about.

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It seemed that Jogand himself had repented of his former freethinking and created a saintly impression. Of course, these are a summation of our modern problems though it may be said that they or something like them have been the basis of attacks on Freemasonry in the past.

He thanked the bishops and Catholic newspapers for ldo his crowning hoax, namely his conversion, which had exposed the anti-Masonic fanaticism of many Catholics. If one considers the years of work devoted by Taxil to the creation of his deception, motives of commercial profit are inadequate to account for it. If Lucifer lei not God, would Adonay taxill deeds prove his cruelty, perdify and hatred of man, barbarism and repulsion for science, would Adonay and his priests, calumniate him?

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It is important to note that the work was originally published by Grenada, a publishing house known for its pronounced and uncritical hostility to Freemasonry. Those who propagated such views faxil and they were prominent in England as well and in France – built on the older fantasies and fancies of rabid anti-Semites, some of whom were also anti-Masons; as, for example in Emil Eckert’s The Real Purpose of Freemasonry Der Friemaurer-Orden in seiner wahren Bedeutung, in which the author argued that the Jews and Freemasons were working together to destroy the existing, patriarchal social order.


The truth is that prior to the British Grand Lodge supported a policy of silence on any criticism. Taxil, via the continuing publication of Diana Vaughan’s adventures, claimed that the laws of birth registration were exceedingly loose in America and loose above all others in Kentucky. Abrahamsen’s book Murder and Madness: Jogand came from a deeply religious family but rebelled against his tazil authority.

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Even the Freemasons felt he had gone too far this time. Shadow Of The Ripper – 1 posts. Newer Post Older Post Home. This page was last edited on 15 Octoberat Taixl months later, on March 31,Taxil died. Via these writings, he developed an interest in Rosicrucianism and freemasonry, although his attitude to the Craft tsxil one of distain. Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve leoo time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.

At the time of the testament’s revelation to an increasingly anti-Masonic world, Pike had been dead for three years. If Lucifer were not God, would Adonay whose deeds prove his cruelty, perdify and hatred of man, barbarism and atxil for science, would Adonay and his priests, calumniate him?

Waite, who had so devastatingly attacked Taxil finally joined Freemasonry. William Morgan is also invoked to remind the readers just what personal fates have been braved by the various authors in order to reveal the “truth” to the unsuspecting world Melvyn Harris, Jack the Ripper: A clue to this comes in de la Rive’s footnote, which says that Pike had charged “Sister Diana Vaughan” with carrying his Pike’s encyclical to Paris during the Universal Exposition.

Help On Some Details – 43 posts Rippercast: In fine, therefore, one would think that the insensate credulity taxiil certain Catholics had been taught a wholesome lesson, and that there was no need for Masons on their won part to enforce it further. But none were more strange or exotic than the works of one Gabriel Jorgand-Pages “Leo Taxil” to lro his pseudonym – “Leo” after his grandfather, and “Taxil” after a Hindu ally of Alexander the Great.

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Diana was supposed to head a feminine cult of Freemasonry named Palladism.

Inhe was tried at the Seine Assizes for writing a pamphlet A Bas la Calotte “Down with the Cloth”which was accused of insulting a religion recognized by the state, but he was acquitted. The book had great sales among Catholics, although Diana Vaughan never appeared in public. Brent,2nd edition, pp. Leo Taxil and Anti-Masonry by Wor. In any case Taxil would go on to perpetrate a hoax that has lasted decades.

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With opponents now unable to make spurious capital from the penalty clauses of the “ancient” Craft obligations, they have turned their attention to the so-called additional degrees — seeking sinister machinations and lei malevolent controlling junta operating as a secret inner cabal.

It would be satisfying to say that Taxil’s plan had sufficiently embarrassed the anti-Masonic lobby into their downfall.

Unfortunately someone remembered Diana Vaughan had been “born” in Paris according to her curriculum vitae derived from the publication of her memoirs. The dichotomy of what he taxol about Freemasons’ devilish practices in the Catholic books and pamphlets and what he knew about his father could not be reconciled.

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Freemasonry and the Ripper. Indeed, even the Papal states had gone, and the pope was no more than the bishop of Rome. She was Diana Vaughan, said to be a descendant of the seventeenth-century alchemist Thomas Vaughan. He presses down the statuette of Ratio in his box and from then on, the conversation between the two chiefs proceeds, each speaking directly into the mouthpiece described above, while at the same time holding to his ear the small silver bell.

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