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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Pike reconstruction the American Scottish Rite ceremonies was, in part, inspired by the publication of David Bernard’s Light on Masonry And as 3 is Devil in a red fez – The lie about the Freemasons lives on which explains the infamous Taxil hoax. 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.

In March he had received the degrees 4th to 32nd at Charleston. The story recounted how, on Albert Pike’s death, control of the Palladium and the position as the Supreme Dogmatic Director of Universal Freemasonry had passed to Adriano Lemmi, the first post-revolutionary Italian Grand Master in Rome — which came, no doubt as a surprise to that worthy Brother! Chris Feb 13,9: Leo Taxil and Anti-Masonry by Wor.

Shadow Of The Ripper – 1 posts. We are now giving in this issue a complete list of these articles, taxip can now be considered as not having existed.

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With a missive such as this, you may reasonably expect mass resignations, but these simply did not occur. 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.

He was a man with an extraordinary breadth of knowledge he wished to share. The head is said to be severed after sexual union with the Baphomet. Most of the remainder were preserved, temporarily, by being organised into Rites, some of which in turn became extinct.


Christopher Haffner, in his book Workman Unashamed writes that “like many of the subsequent holders of that office, Pike’s position as Grand Commander of ‘the Mother Supreme Council of the World’ led to a degree of megalomania”. Newer Post Older Post Home. There are wonderful elements of Jules Verne and H. Views Read Edit View history. I thought I’d invented that myself, but this guy is telling me this like it’s an inner secret of Masonry!

The Pope & The Pornographer – Leo Taxil

Just click on “Prince, the Search Dog” to find things on our site. Other individuals were evidently parties to the hoax, including Hacks and someone willing to pose as Diana Vaughan for photographs and for correspondence that was unlikely to have been written by Jogand.

As for his Satanist leanings, Haffner has studied Pike’s work Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite leoo Freemasonry, an page book first published ina copy of which until about was given to every new member. Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article.

In the s, he wrote a series of pamphlets and books denouncing Freemasonrytaxio charging their lodges with worshiping the devil and alleging that Diana Vaughan had written for him her confessions le the Satanic ” Palladist ” cult. His next audacious stroke was to announce that Diana Vaughan had been converted from Satanism to the true Roman Catholic faith.

A record Record of Things Seen and Heard in the Secret Societies According to the Evidence of Initiates Redwing,which was a devastating expose of the whole Palladium affair, d emonstrating conclusively that it was fiction pure and simple – an “extraordinary literary swindle” in his own words – and he took justifiable pride in having “unveiled the mass of fraud, falsehood and forgery contained in their depositions, and placed the position of the Roman Catholic Church in regard to the whole conspiracy in an unenviable light”.


Inhe professed conversion to Catholicism, was solemnly received into the church, taxio renounced his earlier works.

As for Taxil’s creation: But this link of Freemasonry to the Supernatural’s: The work cites the Cyclopedia of Fraternities by Stevens who adds that the Palladium is “little known as the number of its members is strictly limited and the deepest secrecy surrounds all its deliberations” Any wonder, the only information was coming direct from the fertile mind of Taxil and Hacks.

So when you read in one of the old rituals that the opening ceremony was performed “in the Red Cross”, to what is being referred? The “real” Dianna Vaughan continued to diabolise more than ever in the Triangles the Palladium’s name for their Lodges and had made her peace with Lemmi. General Letters or Communications: At least one Frenchman, in particular.

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It was discovered that Hacks had cut himself adrift from the conspiracy, taxol married and set up as a medical practitioner in a handsome suite of rooms in Paris. Waite apologised and withdrew taxul offending text from subsequent editions taixl he joined the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn – a society of would-be magicians founded by Westcott in Mind you, the attacks are not always in the one direction.

Additionally, the artist added another element of the Baphomet mystery. No one was at all interested, I am unhappy to report, in the Dennis Stocks diaries. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. It was not until five years later that the hoax was revealed by Jogand himself. This page was last edited on 15 Octoberat