War of Anti-Christ with the Church and Christian Civilization

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War of Anti-Christ with the Church and Christian Civilization
Author(s) George F. Dillon
Country Britain and Ireland
Language English
Genre(s) Religion, Politics
Publisher M.H. Gill & Son
Publication year 1885
Pages 173

The War of Anti-Christ with the Church and Christian Civilization is a book written in 1885 by an Irishman, Msgr George F. Dillon, DD. It was republished by Fr Denis Fahey in 1950 as Grand Orient Freemasonry Unmasked as the Secret Power Behind Communism. The central theme of the book alleges that Illuminism, through the infrastructure of Grand Orient freemasonry, driven by the ideology of the philosophes laid the foundations for a large scale, on going war against Christendom in general and the Catholic Church in particular. The document claims that this had been manifested primarily through manipulating the outbreak of various radical liberal republican revolutions. Particularly those which are focused on atheism or religious indifferentism in their anti-Catholicism. The book details revolutionary activity in France, Italy, Germany and Ireland.

Included within the scope of the book is material on the Illuminati, Kabbalism, Jacobinism, the French Revolution, the Carbonari and Fenianism. The Alta Vendita document was given wider exposure in the Anglosphere after being first translated for the book and placed within a historical context. The book was influential to Catholic integralism in Ireland, Britain and the United States, as well as national conservative politics. Fahey who republished the book in the 1950s founded the Maria Duce political movement—critical of Fenianism associating it with Communism, it instead proposed an Irish National Catholicism under the social and spiritual reign of Christ the King. The company who republished it, the Britons Publishing Society, described the book as "of world-wide importance".


Hypothesis on the French Revolution

John Robison authored a similar book in 1797, entitled Proofs of a Conspiracy

Following the French Revolution society and politics across Europe began to change in a very radical way to the end of the 18th century. In an attempt to explain and understand this, several prominent authors and theorists released books on the topic. For instance Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France and Joseph de Maistre's Considerations on France.[1] Some asserted vividly that the French Revolution was the result of a deliberate conspiracy or plot to overthrow the monarchy, the Church and aristocratic society in Europe. Allegedly hatched by a coalition of philosophes, Freemasons and the Order of the Illuminati. The conspirators created a system that was inherited by the Jacobins who operated it to its greatest potential.

The two best known authors of the latter "New World Order" theory are French Jesuit priest Augustin Barruel, who authored the Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism in 1799.[2] As well as John Robison a respected British academic and inventor who was a professor of philosophy at the University of Edinburgh and Secretary to the Royal Society of Edinburgh.[2] Robison's book released in 1797 was called Proofs of a Conspiracy against All the Religions and Governments of Europe, carried on in the Secret Meetings of the Free Masons, Illuminati, and Reading Societies.[2]

Bonaparte and the Revolutions of 1848

Essentially the book published by George F. Dillon is a continuation of the latter tradition, reiterating the points but filling in the gaps of events since. Between the late 1700s and the release of the book in 1885 there had been several more political developments, including the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte out of the French Revolution, creating the First French Empire. There had also been numerous secular liberal nationalist rebellions during the Revolutions of 1848—some of which were successful such as the unification of Germany, while others failed. In some European countries there had also been a rise of radical groups which organised in a clandestine and underground manner, like the Carbonari in the various Italian states and Fenianism in Dillon's native Ireland which was then part of the United Kingdom with Great Britain.

We wish it to be your rule first of all to tear away the mask from Freemasonry, and let it be seen as it really is; and by sermons and Pastoral Letters to instruct the people as to the artifices used by societies of this kind in seducing men and enticing them into their ranks.

Generally most of Dillon's other book releases dealt with religious topics, he wrote a book about the Virgin Mother of Good Counsel, the Sacred Heart of Jesus as well as a short piece on Irish history, specifically centered around Irish monasticism. Dillon was a Doctor of Divinity, an advanced academic degree in divinity, giving him license to teach Christian theology. He is known to have worked as a Catholic missionary in the Australian bush where he founded a mission for the aboriginals at Burragorang, a place about 65 miles away from Sydney.[4]

In recent memory the Papal States had been invaded and annexed by the newly formed Kingdom of Italy—this left the Pope a Prisoner in the Vatican. The Church had become aware of the secret societies such as the Carbonari and warned the public against them in encylicals due to their strongly anti-clerical and anti-social nature. A document was unveiled named the Alta Vendita purportedly produced by the highest lodge of the Carbonari, in which a plan was detailed for a long term subversion of the Catholic Church by political liberalism, with the goal of promoting religious indifferentism, gradually eating away at Catholic dogma from within, to leave the Church a mere shell. Both Pope Pius IX and Pope Leo XIII requested that the document be published to the general public. Indeed Leo XIII called for the faithful to "tear away the mask from Freemasonry" in his encylical Humanum Genus published in 1884.[3] It was that same year that Dillon put together what would become the contents of this book for a lecture in Edinburgh named the Spoliation of Propaganda.[5]


Number Chapter name Number Chapter name
I Good versus Evil XIII The Carbonari
II Atheism in Europe XIV Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita
III Voltaire XV Letter of Piccolo Tigre
IV Freemasonry XVI The Intellectual and the War Party in Masonry
V The Union and "Illuminism" of Freemasonry XVII Lord Palmerston
VI The Illuminism of Adam Weishaupt XVIII War of the Intellectual Party
VII The Convent of Wilhelmsbad XIX A War Party under Palmerston
VIII Cabalistic Masonry or Masonic Spiritism XX The International, the Nihilists, the Black Hand, etc
IX The French Revolution XXI Freemasonry with ourselves
X Napoleon and Freemasonry XXII Fenianism
XI Freemasonry after the Fall of Napoleon XXIII Conclusion
XII Kindred Secret Societies in Europe


Covering the rise and progress of atheism; its extension through Voltaire; its use of Freemasonry and kindred societies for anti-Christian war; Weishaupt and Illuminism; its progress in the First French Revolution, and under Nubius, Palmerston and Mazzini; the control of its hidden "inner circle" over all revolutionary organisations; its influence over British Freemasonry, and its attempts upon Ireland.
—George F. Dillon, 1885.

Rise of Atheism into Illuminism

French Revolution and Bonaparte

Nubius, Palmerston and Mazzini


See also



  1. Davies 2006, p. 9.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Glassman 1998, p. 250.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Catholic Church 1903, p. 102
  4. Kenny 1886, p. 238
  5. Veranu 1981, p. 260


  • Kenny, RC (1886). A History of the Commencement and Progress of Catholicity in Australia, Up to the Year 1840. F. Cunninghame & Co. 
  • Catholic Church (1903). The great encyclical letters of Pope Leo XIII. Benziger Brothers. 
  • Vernau, Judi (1981). The British Library General Catalogue of Printed Books. K. G. Saur Verlag GmbH & Company. ISBN 0851576036. 
  • Glassman, Bernard (1998). Protean prejudice. Scholars Press. ISBN 0788504320. 
  • Davies, Peter (2006). The debate on the French Revolution. Manchester University Press. ISBN 0719071771. 

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