The Apocalypse of St. JohnDiscussion on Apoc: xiii, 16.
John W. Winterich, Columbus, Ohio, 1921
"A man, though in Masonry, may not be willing to become an atheist or a Socialist, for some time at least. He may have in his heart a profound conviction that God exists, and some hope left of returning to that God at or before his death. He may have entered Masonry for purposes of ambition, for motives of vanity, from mere lightness of character. He may continue his prayers and refuse, if a Catholic, to give up the Mother of God and some practice of piety loved by him from his youth. But Masonry is a capital system to wean a man gradually away from all these things. It does not at once deny the existence of God, nor at once attack the Christian dispensation. It commences by giving the Christian idea of God an easy and, under semblance of respect, an almost imperceptible shake. It swears by the name of God in all its oaths. It calls Him, however, not a Creator, only an architect — the great Architect of the universe. It carefully avoids all mention of Christ, of the Adorable Trinity, of the unity of Faith, or of any faith. It protests a respect for the convictions of every man, for the idolatrous Parsee, for the Muslim, the heretic, the Jew, the schismatic, the Catholic. By and by, in higher degrees, it gives a ruder shock to the belief in the Deity, and a gradual inducement to favor Naturalism."- Neither Muslim nor Catholic is condemned, only the combining of the monotheism of true religion of either Catholic or Muslim with infidel paganism is condemned.
WITH THE CHURCH
THE RISE AND PROGRESS OF ATHEISM; ITS EXTENSION THROUGH VOLTAIRE; ITS USE OF FREEMASONRY AND KINDRED SECRET SOCIETIES FOR ANTICHRISTIAN WAR; THE UNION AND “ILLUMINISM” OF MASONRY BY WEISHAUPT; ITS PROGRESS UNDER THE LEADERS OF THE FIRST FRENCH REVOLUTION, AND UNDER NUBIUS, PALMERSTON, AND MAZZINI; THE CONTROL OF ITS HIDDEN “INNER CIRCLE” OVER ALL REVOLUTIONARY ORGANIZATIONS; ITS INFLUENCE OVER BRITISH FREEMASONRY; ITS ATTEMPTS UPON IRELAND; OATHS, SIGNS, AND PASSWORDS OF THE THREE DEGREES, ETC, ETC.
THE SPOLIATION OF THE PROPAGANDA.