It is important to remember that this book was written in France in the year 1869. The author, Louis Gaston de Ségur (1820-1881) was a French Bishop and French apologist. He dedicated himself to the evangelization of the people in Paris; the children, the poor, the imprisoned soldiers to whom he was the volunteer and gratuitous chaplain. Besides his apostleship and ministry he was also engaged in writing. Some of his writings were destined to make known or defend Catholic ideas concerning questions which occupied...
It is important to remember that this book was written in France in the year 1869. The author, Louis Gaston de Ségur (1820-1881) was a French Bishop and French apologist. He dedicated himself to the evangelization of the people in Paris; the children, the poor, the imprisoned soldiers to whom he was the volunteer and gratuitous chaplain. Besides his apostleship and ministry he was also engaged in writing. Some of his writings were destined to make known or defend Catholic ideas concerning questions which occupied public attention; others to extend or to confirm his apostolate of preaching. The author intended his apologetic books for the people and for all who ignored religion. They were mostly brief pamphlets vigilant, full of vivacity and spirit, written with a frankness wholly French in a popular style, sprinkled with caustic irony. His zeal was crowned with success, his little books attained numerous editions. This book is a spirited, caustic, and very frank look at Freemasonry in 1869. There are 32 chapters contained in 161 pages.
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The Name Freemason ---- There is Freemason and Freemason ---- What is the Secret of the Customary Recruiting of Freemasonry? ---- With what Ceremonies one is made a Freemason ---- First and Terrible Trial of the Apprentice Mason ---- The Three Journeys; a Second Trial of the Apprentice Mason ---- The Final Trials ---- The Oath ---- Of the Degree of Companion, the Second Masonic Degree ---- Of the Third Degree, the Degree of Master Mason ---- Of the High Degrees of Freemasonry ---- Of the High Degree of Judge-Philosopher-Grand-Commander-Unknown ---- Of the High Degree Knight Kadosch ---- Of the High Degree of Rosicrucian ---- Of True Freemasonry, which is Occult, and all Secret ---- Horrible Excesses Practiced by the Masons of the Back Lodges ---- What the Brothers of the Back Lodges Think and Say of, and Expect to do with, their Dear Brothers of the Exterior Lodges ---- How the Masons of the Back Lodges make use of, and Manage the Princes and Noblemen who Join Freemasonry ---- Does Masonry Love the Poor as it would have us Believe? ---- That Freemasonry is, in spite of its Sayings, Essentially Impious, Anti-Christian and Atheist ---- About Adoption by Freemasonry, otherwise Female Freemasonry ---- How Masonry Finds its Happiness in the Worship of the Sun ---- The Masonic Press ---- That Freemasonry is Beginning to lay Hold on Youth by Means of Instruction and Education...and more:
.....Does Masonry believe in the divine authority of the Sovereign Pontiff of the Catholic Church? No. Does it submit to the Pope in all things, as commanded by Almighty God? No; a thousand times No. Does it believe in the divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ? No. Does it believe in God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, such as He is, such as He has revealed Himself to the world, such as He commands to be adored? No. Therefore, it is, in the highest degree, guilty of rebellion, impiety, heresy, blasphemy; therefore it is anti-Catholic, anti-Christian, atheist. Therefore it is condemnable: and when it has been condemned by the Holy See, it has been justly, and very justly condemned.
.....The Venerable orders the aspirant, still hoodwinked, to sit on a chair strewn with points (for greater comfort), and asks him does he persevere in his noble purpose? The simpleton majestically answers, Yes. Then follow silly questions on morals, and a pathetic discourse by the Venerable on the duties of Masons, the first of which, he says, "is to preserve an absolute silence on the secrets of Freemasonry." We shall soon see if those secrets are in harmony with all their ludicrous ceremonies.
.....Freemasonry seeks, above all, silence and darkness. Its first care, when attacked, is to be silent, and play dead. In Belgium, it has been an invariable watch-word for some years past. It is the same, it would seem, in France and everywhere. Let us, therefore, raise our voice, and without tiring, loudly cry; danger, danger!