War of Anti-Christ with the Church and Christian Civilization
The War of Anti-Christ with the Church and Christian Civilization is a 1885 book by George F. Dillon, a Catholic missionary and writer from Ireland
The central theme of the book alleges that atheistic Illuminism, through Freemasonry, driven by the ideology of the philosophy of the Enlightenment, laid the foundations for a large scale, ongoing campaign 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 liberal revolutions, particularly those 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, the French Revolution, the Carbonari and Fenianism.
The Carbonari Alta Vendita document was given wider exposure in the English-speaking world after being first translated for the book and placed within a historical context.
In a letter dated 5 September 1885 and printed in the preface to the book, Pope Leo XIII expressed his belief in the importance of the work and grants an Apostolic Benediction to its author. The letter is followed by one from Cardinal Simeoni, Prefect Of The Sacred Congregation Of Propaganda, now called the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, expressing his gratitude for the advantage this work will provide in his task of spreading Catholicism.
The book was influential to Catholic integralism in Ireland, Britain and the United States, as well as national conservative politics.
The book was republished in a slightly edited form by Denis Fahey, an Irish Catholic priest, in 1950 as Grand Orient Freemasonry Unmasked as the Secret Power Behind Communism. Fahey was critical of Fenianism, associating it with Communism. He founded the Maria Duce political movement, proposing an Irish National Catholicism under the social and spiritual reign of Christ the King.